Tethering Might Not be Coming to AT&T’s iPhone Customers in 2009

News | Monday October 12 2009 3:06 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , ,

The confusion about the timeline for AT&T to enable tethering over the iPhone seems to have originated due to statement made by Ralph De La Vega, the CEO of AT&T Mobility back in November 2008 in an interview to TechCrunch during a Web 2.0 Summit where he mentioned the feature would be coming soon.CNET assumed that the statement meant that AT&T will be enabling the feature in 2009.
However, AT&T officials are trying to set the right expectations to avoid the
debacle and are now making it clear that this might not happen anytime in 2009. In a mail sent to 9to5Mac website, an AT&T spokesman writes
“Where did anyone promise tethering by EOY? Where did you see that? We promised MMS by end of summer and ended up being a few days late for that…”
While there has been no explicit denial to the service being made available within this year, AT&T has not helped the cause of iPhone users by denying the assurance made earlier. The issue with tethering has been a long drawn affair. Last November, there were rumors that AT&T was considering a
services.
However, AT&T is already offering tethering to Blackberry and other smartphone devices where it has to compete with other carriers. So it is only fair that the service is enabled to iPhone users as well.But
and is probably worried that their network might not cope with the additional data usage due to the tethering feature.
So do you think AT&T should improve the existing service levels of their network and prepare for the launch before enabling the tethering featurelike they did for the launch of MMS or give users what they want and take the risk of a backlash if their network can't cope with the increase in bandwidth usage.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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