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AT&T won't support Tethering on the 3GS!?! ***!

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Raymond Chase Calculating status...
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Jun 23, 2010 6:18 AM
After updating to iOS4 I decided to explore the new option for Internet tethering (since we've been waiting for a year for AT&T to support it). After switching to the DataPro 2G service I could not find an option on the AT&T website to turn on tethering, so I called them. What they told me is that they will only support tethering on the iPhone 4!!! You've got to be sh!?ing me! Is this AT&T's way of getting us to upgrade to an iPhone 4 and lock into a new 2 year contract? Or am I missing something?
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  • ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
    Partly AT&T and partly hardware limits... the use of tether ing would "probably" work on the 3GS hardware but it wouldn't be happy and most likely not give you an experience your gonna be happy with...

    3GS has a 600 mhz CPU vs. the 1ghz on iP4
    3GS has 256MB RAM vs. 512 on iP4
    iMac 24" 2.8 - iMac 20" 2.4 - 17" MBpro 2.8 - 15" MBpro 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 32GB and 16GB - OS 3.1.3 - iPad 32GB WIFI and iPad 32GB 3G
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 6:48 AM (in response to ShadyMac)
    The speed of the cpu on the ip4 is not known. Early speed comparisons to the iPad indicates it speed is less than 1ghz.

    glor
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  • mdcosta911 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 6:49 AM (in response to Glorfindeal)
    I've been tethering on 3GS for over a year..
    MacBook 2.2 dual-core, 2gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 6:52 AM (in response to Glorfindeal)
    Teardowns posted by various sites including iFixit have touted the 1Ghz and 512MB...I'll leave it up to the masses but I would have to side with the folks that tore it down and looked at it...
    iMac 24" 2.8 - iMac 20" 2.4 - 17" MBpro 2.8 - 15" MBpro 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 32GB and 16GB - OS 3.1.3 - iPad 32GB WIFI and iPad 32GB 3G
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 7:15 AM (in response to ShadyMac)
    The image they are showing just shows it as an A4, no speed markings on the chip. Real data indicates it is not 1ghz.

    Glor
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  • ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 7:24 AM (in response to Glorfindeal)
    Real data posted where?
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  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 9:44 AM (in response to ShadyMac)
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  • Scott P. Level 6 Level 6 (16,840 points)
    Raymond, there's a "set up tethering" button in my preferences under network. Scroll down. Every time I open that pane, it has a little spinny wheel and then some text appears explaining that the button should be used to set up internet tethering. As I have no interest in dropping my current data plan for a 2GB plan, I haven't gone past that. Have you?
    intel core2duo mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPods: 3G, 5G, nano 3G, Classic. iPhone 3Gs.; Coleco Adam
  • pachyx Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jun 23, 2010 11:47 AM (in response to mdcosta911)
    I think that we would all like to hear how you are doing it.

    Thank you.
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  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
    I believe AT&T said just that when they announced the feature, so what is the problem?

    glor
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  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Jun 24, 2010 5:03 AM (in response to Glorfindeal)
    I believe AT&T said just that when they announced the feature, so what is the problem?

    When iPhone OS 3 came out, AT&T said they would have tethering in September 2009. The iPhone 4 didn't exist then.

    In Canada tethering works on the iPhone 3 and 3GS, via USB or Bluetooth. You can still use the iPhone for calls or other functions while tethering. There is no extra charge, as long as you have at least a 1 GB data plan. It does not require iOS 4 or the iPhone 4.

    If AT&T is restricting it to the iPhone 4 it is just to limit the data on their network, not due to hardware limitations in the earlier iPhones.
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 4.0
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