AT&T's Mobility CEO Says iPhone Users Will Connect to Their Laptops 'Soon'


iphone tetheringiPhone owners have been pummeling Apple and AT&T with demands for a tethering plan for the better part of this year and it finally looks like users will get the hook-up.

According to several reports coming out of the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, AT&T Wireless  CEO-AT&T Mobility Ralph de la Vega says customers will "soon" be able to use their iPhone 3Gs as wireless modems for their laptops. That news is based on an interview by TechCrunch's Michael Arrington on Thursday.

There's still no word on how much iPhone 3G users will pay for AT&T's tethering plan, however. Existing users of AT&T smartphones like the BlackBerry pay about $30 for tethering on top of their regular plans. There's no reason to think a similar iPhone tethering plan won't be in the same neighborhood.

In August, Nullriver briefly posted its NetShare app, priced at $9.99, on the App Store, which Apple yanked with little explanation. That app is no longer available on the developer's Web site either.

Owners of jailbroken phones have at least three the options for using their phones as wireless modems such as iPhoneModem, PdaNet and 3Proxy.

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  • ChelseeW

    This is the coolest thing I've ever heard. I hope 'very soon' instead

  • JoshPratt79

    They're always saying soon this and soon that. Let me know when it really comes out so I have something to be excited about today!

  • MaxxineStamos

    I can't wait. This will make my job so much easier