Ralph De La Vega
Read the article, in summary:
- Ralph De La Vega announced an official iPhone tethering plan
- Supposedly, delayed because AT&T is paranoid about how the service will run on their network
- 5GB Data Cap (just like blackberry users)
- Initial connection through iTunes? (might be just initial setup)
- Expected Speeds: GPRS: 30k – dialup speeds / EDGE: 110k – ISDN / 3g: 1000k – slow broadband
- Will be $30 / month, new iPhone plans may roll out including tethering
- Do not pro-rate tethering/bandwidth, it can become a nightmare, instead wait until new billing cycle (not sure how this will work)
- Unlimited bandwidth = AT&T says to get a wireless PC Card
- No ETA on launch
The screenshots (shown above) show a new podcast interface to the iTunes store. Additional changes (reported a while ago) include modifications to the categories screen. The new screen includes larger icons. Personally, I prefer having the one line, shorter height categories. You can fit more on the screen.
As far as tethering on the iPhone — my bones tell me that AT&T is conjuring up another fictional fee to place on the functionality. When will the time end that we have to pay a company to stop blocking functionality?
Reported in AT&T: Tethering Coming to the iPhone Soon, on Technologizer — the AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega just told an interviewer, Michael Arrington, that AT&T is working with Apple to let the iPhone server as a tethered wireless modem for laptops.
This disgusts me.
Second — aren’t we already paying through the nose for our iPhone? I’m paying AT&T an additional $30 a month, just to use the iPhone.
If you’re willing, jailbreak your phone, and install PdaNet for iPhone.
Hey — AT&T — if you don’t want us jailbreaking the phone, try not to eliminate functionality, spend 3.5 months recreating it, and then charging us for it.