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Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 6:55 AM (in response to stohl)This is the one feature that I require in order to move from a razr to an iPhone.
In two years of paying for unlimited internet access on my AT&T razr, I think I've loaded less than ten webpages with it on my Macbook Pro, but I have to have it for "emergency" internet access.Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 8:47 AM (in response to Paul Judd)they allow it on their laptop connect plans....but that plan is also $60/mo.. (I understand, bandwidth costs money)
My question is if someone is willing to pay the $60/mo (same price as a laptop card)
Can the iPhone then be used to tether?
I just want to know if the capability is within the device, like it is on so many other phones.
I'm tethering a Samsung A707 regular phone with both USB or Bluetooth because my 8525 bit the dust, hence my interest in the iPhone.
In my experiences ATT doesn't care what the device is, as long as the data is being paid for.
My reason is I don't want to pay over $90/mo for a data plan for my phone, and then another for my laptop. (Of course the carriers see this as more money to be made)MacBookPro Early 2008, Mac Pro Early 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 8:52 AM (in response to the_kdoggy)Surely it must be able to...........come on...........
If an old Nokia 6310i can surely the new iPhone can !!!!!!!!!Apple Macbook4,1 2.4Ghz 2GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Looking forward to July 11th !!!!!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 9:00 AM (in response to stohl)The iPhone—in both original and 3G forms—as currently announced, does not have the required Bluetooth profiles to support tethering, including DUN, or Dial Up Networking.
Unless and until Apple decides to embed such capabilities at the hardware or firmware level, and modifies the OS to allows calls to it, the Bluetooth radio in your device will be severely limited in comparative terms.
It is difficult to know how other carriers would approach this issue, but it is reasonably clear that at&t's fledgling 3G network is quite likely to have performance issues under the load presented by iPhones alone, let alone the additional load present when an attached device is used. You are not likely to see tethering available via the iPhone in the US in the foreseeable future.PowerBook G4 12 inch 1.5 GHz 1280 meg 80 gig SuperDrive, Mac OS X (10.4.11), coupled with a UMA-capable Nokia 6086 and T-Mobile HotSpot™ @Home
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 9:13 AM (in response to stohl)At this point, no you can't tether the iphone.
There is no indication that the new iphone will have this bluetooth protocol. I highly doubt that it will as it is also in direct violation of the data plan that is required with the iphone.powerbook g4, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 5:55 PM (in response to roaminggnome)As others have pointed out, the exclusive data plan in the USA does not allow tethering but the issue is that iPhone will soon be available from other carriers in other countries and that is where the ability to tether will be important.
These discussions are one of the few sources of information for people trying to find out if they can tether the new iPhone so I hope this post lasts longer than others that have been deleted by Apple on the basis that they are "feature requests".iMac Intel, Mac OS X (10.5)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 6:20 PM (in response to stohl)I went to ATT's website and it seems their PDA plans do have a tethering option, albeit with a 5GB limit:
[ATT PDA Plans|http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-plans/pda-perso nal-plans.jsp]
However, without Bluetooth or USB support...Touchscreen laptop and industrial handhelds, Other OS
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2008 11:06 PM (in response to stohl)Sorry, but Apple intentionally crippled the iPhone's Bluetooth capabilities to prevent tethering. The only way I know of is to jailbreak the iPhone to add more Bluetooth functionality. So by this point you would have:
A) Broken your EULA with Apple by modifying the software
B) Broken your contract with AT&T by tethering an unlimited data plan
Sorry, but it's not possible at this point.Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4 GB RAM, 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 8 GB iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJun 11, 2008 4:40 PM (in response to BarnetteBW)It would be very interesting to know what the situation is with tethering in the UK where O2 is the exclusive network partner. Totally relate to the point others have made about bandwidth usage. Would be interesting to know if this also applies to WiFi hotspots (ie can O2 subscription be used with another device)....
Reality is that all of the networks will hope to sell their own datacards / USB dongles (however iPhone customers are already paying a premium and may very well choose to go with another carrier rather than give more money to AT&T / O2 etc as a matter of principle).iMac / MacBook Pro/ G4 Cube / Powerbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 11, 2008 8:39 PM (in response to stohl)Ive been using my 8525 since it came out to share the internet with my laptop. I want the new IPhone but if apple is not going to allow this like all the WM6 PDA's then I will need to stay with a WM6 phone. It will be sad if the new IPhone cannot do this. I have been doing this with other phones for a long time.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)