iPhone Tethering Delayed Because AT&T Is Afraid?

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A few months ago we ran a rumor in which Steve Jobs had written a reader promising that Apple was working on iPhone tethering for 3G laptop browsing. Now, according to a MacBlogz, a reliable source from inside AT&T has informed them that iPhone tethering is being delayed because AT&T isn't prepared to meet the 3G demand. According to the source:

Regardless of how many billions of dollars AT&T pours into their 3G network, it hasn’t been stable enough to handle all you iPhone users

They added that AT&T Blackberry tethering is a different beast, as Blackberry users haven't caused nearly the strain of iPhone users on AT&T's 3G network. AT&T, on the other hand, routinely insists that they leave all service features up to the hardware manufacturers. Given that AT&T has has taken plenty of bumps on the chin regarding iPhone data, and given that iPhones have sold even better this year than projected, it's not such a stretch to believe that AT&T might be playing it safe for the time being and handling their 3G network with care. [MacBlogz]

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It can't be! Tethering isn't allowed because APPLE is an evil company, and because APPLE doesn't want to give the users what they want, and APPLE wants to charge users for the upgrade that will let them tether in the future! And also because they're incompetent and don't have the coding prowess to provide tethering, needless to say the hardware is an underpowered piece of crap that can't handle the truth... er, tethering!