Apple iPhone Tethering To Cost $10?


Posted January 11, 2009 - By Raymond Padilla

Last week, Sinden wrote about the strong possibility that AT&T will allow tethering on the Apple iPhone. For those of you unfamiliar with tethering, it allows you to use your mobile phone as a modem. For users with 3G phones, this can be an extremely convenient way to connect to the Internet. The latest rumor on tethering is that AT&T will allow this functionality for only $10. This is much lower than what its competitors charge, as well as lower than what most experts were expecting ($30). According to MacBlogz:

"The biggest piece of information we learned was that AT&T is playing around with a $10 price-point. This made my eyes light up and I asked them how they could get away with charging a third of what was initially reported, here’s the response I got. 'iPhone tethering is primarily an AT&T offering, but it involves Apple at least wanting or allowing the service, which they do. If it doesn’t function as expected, I know of a few people who may lose their jobs,' my colleague explained. 'While you may think it’s as easy as streamlining our Blackberry tethering service over to the iPhone, it’s not. Connection may be tied into iTunes, and Apple is incredibly controlling when it comes to this space.'"

The news is kind of mixed. On one hand, the pricing would be awesome. On the other hand, tethering wouldn't be that useful if AT&T and Apple imposed strict limits. If iPhone tethering is easy to use and the bandwidth cap is generous then this could end up being an attractive feature for iPhone users on the go.

Would you pay $10 for iPhone tethering? If so, what kind of bandwidth cap is acceptable to you for that price? Would you pay $30 for tethering?


Tags: Apple, iPhone, Tech
Apple iPhone Tethering To Cost $10?


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