A major complaint about the iPhone is the lack of any kind of tethering options from service provider AT&T. Even Steve Jobs weighed in, saying that the lack of tethering was "absurd" and both the House of Jobs and the Death Star were working on it.
The original fear was that, if AT&T ever offered a tethering option, it would be prohibitively expensive (an additional US$30.00/month was the number being bandied about), have a Blackberry-like 5 GB data cap, and automatically turn off the tethering connection if you used too much bandwidth. Additionally, AT&T has been very cautious in proceeding with any kind of tethering plans, partly due to legal issues, partly due to the strain of millions of new iPhones slamming their 3G network.
Now comes word from an insider that AT&T is actually looking at a US$10.00 price point for tethering, which would certainly make it a lot more attractive of an option to subscribers. Said the mole:
‚ÄúiPhone tethering is primarily an AT&T offering, but it involves
Apple at least wanting or allowing the service, which they do. If it
doesn‚Äôt function as expected, I know of a few people who may lose their
jobs…While you may think it‚Äôs as easy as
streamlining our Blackberry tethering service over to the iPhone, it‚Äôs
not. Connection may be tied into iTunes, and Apple is incredibly
controlling when it comes to this space.‚Äù
As of now, this is all speculation, as AT&T has not formally announced any kind of tethering plan, much less what it would charge.