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MacBytes
Jun 19, 2009, 09:47 AM
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iPhoneNYC
Jun 19, 2009, 10:51 AM
ATT is the Devil and one can only expect them to bungle this. Please- need other carriers in the US!

nagromme
Jun 19, 2009, 02:56 PM
The iPhone is already so useful--able to do so much of what a laptop can--that thethering adds SOME functionality, but generally not a lot. I'd LOVE that added functionality, but it's not adding enough to be worth anything close to the price.

I see it as something they're offering because of business users--it's not really for consumers. Which is too bad: it could be.

AT&T can't wrap their head around the idea of a consumer smartphone. They still seem to think smartphones are for business (and so they exclude messaging, for instance). How AT&T of all companies could act as if smartphones are not for consumers is a real puzzle :o

Aldaris
Jun 19, 2009, 03:03 PM
At&t really needs to fight to keep their "exclusivity" in the US. This is really laughable, that they are the "exclusive" carriers for what is arguably the best mobile on the planet, and they can't handle all the 'bandwith'. I hope the FCC sees this as crippling to all both At&t and the consumer, and can open the iPhone up.

"At&t you came, you were tested, tried, and judged, and found lacking. Time to cut you off. You have had your free ride from Apple, and lets just say you couldn't keep up."

Aldaris
Jun 19, 2009, 03:07 PM
I use tethering on my iPhone at least once a day, and with all this usage I still have yet to use a noticeable amount...

Really they need to look at this and say:

Plan Options
1 1000-MMS 1Gb (softcap)
2 1500-MMS 2.5Gb (softcap)
3 UNLIMITED 5Gb (softcap)

Add Tethering for $5.00 on each plan

Average consumer would only use it for light browsing and email- really who would youtube on 3G when a wiFi is available.

chuckles:)
Jun 19, 2009, 04:39 PM
Rogers actually really came through with this one. They are including teathering on all plans over 1GB. Now, if only you could get one for under $30 a month.