Welcome to the 2000′s everyone! AT&T, that lumbering giant, has finally bolted upright and matched some features that other networks have offered for years. Perhaps the most important is their new data pricing, which under the new plan, no longer needs an economics degree to suss. America’s number two carrier reckon that 65% of users could ‘get by’ with the new 200MB DataPlus plan and 98% of users could get by on their 2GB DataPro plan. But as nice as their penny-pinching efforts may be, iPhone tethering will likely grab the headlines. Tethering has been available on better-built networks for a while now. But thanks to AT&T’s ehem… network strength, has kept the iPhone in the dark ages.
Tethering and Data plan details after the gap:
As much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the various press around the world and that rumours are false. While that is good news to AT&T customers, there is no proof that they company will not charge something for the service.
This will be as short as my opinion of the Telecom Giant, AT&T. I am not American, nor do live in the country, but I met an American once and I feel sorry for the dude. He surely now has an iPhone and a laptop and may sometime just wants to use part of his 5GB ‘unlimited’ internet rather than fiddling with the dinky ‘real internet’ on the toned-down iPhone Safari. So what are his options? Well, AT&T in their infinite wisdom and abundance of PR skills have affected a new policy that tethering will be a surcharge of 55$ per month.
This post has been updated with news from AT&T’s Facebook page in our post entitled: Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free.
There are many reasons for jailbreaking your iPhone, be it video recording, run apps in the background, or customize the theme of the springboard (the list goes on and on). Personally, if I had to choose just ONE reason to jailbreak, it would be the ability to tether my laptop. Tethering will allow my laptop to go online wirelessly through the high speed network of the iPhone. Just imagine the possibilities. Surf the web on your netbook/laptop even when there are no wireless networks nearby or if the networks are password protected.
This brings me to PdaNet,a free and simple app that will make your iPhone act like a wireless router. The beauty of it all lies in the fact that it uses an ad-hoc wi-fi network that allows the iPhone to connect to a PC or MAC. No need to enter any IP numbers or deal with any SOCKS proxy connections.