Rumor: Apple and AT&T Developing iPhone Tethering Plan

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According to a pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers, Steve Jobs may have responded to complaints that, since the pulling of NetShare from the App Store, iPhone-to-laptop tethering is impossible without jailbreaking one's phone. From our reader to Steve:

AT&T offers data plans for BlackBerry that include tethering for an additional $30 per month (a total of $60 per month for the BlackBerry+tethering plan). It seems ludicrous that the same thing is not offered with the iPhone. I understand the desire to prevent tethering with the current data plan, but I am willing to pay more money to allow tethering! With such an advanced device, why can I not do so?


From "Steve" to our reader:

We agree, and are discussing it with ATT. Steve Sent from my iPhone

We're not sure—that "Sent from my iPhone" kicker either makes this email completely legitimate or illegitimate, but it's not a bad little rumor to start your holiday weekend early. So would you pay extra to tether your laptop to your iPhone?

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LOL ... this 'special feature' is called Internet Sharing in the Windows Mobile world. I am, in fact, tethered over the ATT 3G network via my Blackjack right now.

To anyone wanting jump in and flame me here, think about it. You can get a WM phone that has no 3G issues and allows you to tether your phone for FREE. Or you can pay AT&T and Apple (betcha it will be a downloadable app from the app store) to do the same thing. Who exactly runs the evil empire???