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Many iPhone users will rejoice at the news today from Mobile Crunch that AT&T has officially confirmed the upcoming availability of an official tethering solution from them and Apple. The news comes from AT&T CEO Ralph De La Vega, who, in speaking with Tech Crunch’s Michael […]

Many iPhone users will rejoice at the news today from Mobile Crunch that AT&T has officially confirmed the upcoming availability of an official tethering solution from them and Apple. The news comes from AT&T CEO Ralph De La Vega, who, in speaking with Tech Crunch’s Michael Arrington at the Web Summit 2.0 conference, revealed that tethering would be coming “soon.”

Brief-lived application, NetShare, previously offered a way for the iPhone to act as a modem for laptops, but was quickly pulled, briefly re-introduced, and then pulled again. The removal/reinstatement/removal probably had something to do with behind the scenes discussions between Apple and AT&T, which likely concluded in the decision to go forward with an official, sanctioned tethering solution developed by the two.

De La Vega did not provide any details as to the pricing or timeframe for release of AT&T’s official tethering plan. Previous reports indicated that part of the delay stems from AT&T’s fear regarding the additional burden iPhone users with tethering plans would place on their 3G network.

It’s also unclear just how much demand there is for an official solution, especially given the fact that it could possibly come at a steep price.

iPhone users: Is the ability to tether important to you? What do you consider a reasonable price for an official solution?

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  1. I’d love an iPhone, and I’ve been waiting for tethering before getting it. Tethering may be enough for me to make the leap from Verizon to AT&T.

    The thing is, that I pay $55 a month for a data connectivity card (or rather, for using it), on top of paying for phone service. The current cost of an iPhone is about $5 more than what I pay right now for phone and data service through Verizon.

    I’m willing to pay that extra $5 a month given all the wonderful things that an iPhone does. I’m not sure I’d be willing/able to pay much more per month to make the switch. If AT&T does charge a hefty fee for tethering, I’m not going to be able to make the switch. And I REALLY want to make the switch.

  2. I want tethering and think that it should be at no additional cost considering the monthly cost of the 3G iPhone data plan now. This should be a value add to AT&T costumers, especially since I also pay for AT&T DSL at home.

  3. I’d love to have tethering, but it wouldn’t be much use to me without actual coverage. The places I’d be most likely to use tethering (friends places where they don’t have wifi, or even a landline) are also the places where I get GPRS coverage instead of 3G. Ick.

  4. I’m with Rando. I think we’re already paying enough as it is for the 3G data plan, tethering should be included. The least they could do after their text message fees…

  5. I’d love to have it but I wouldn’t pay extra for it.
    It should have already been implemented and included with the data plan bump of late.

  6. I don’t live in the US, but the way I see it I all ready pay for the data, it shouldn’t matter how I use it. Same with my ADSL, I do not pay extra to connect my Linux server to it.

  7. Lack of an official O2 tethering solution in the UK is the one thing stopping me from getting an iPhone.

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  9. I want tethering!
    However I am in Australia, where I don’t have unlimited 3G access, I pay for every bit of my data, I should have had tethering from the start!!!

  10. I wouldn’t pay extra for it. If it was free, I’d see it as a selling point for the iPhone for those who aren’t already in.

    For me, if it cost extra, I’d either just use the web-tools already on my iPhone, or get to a place where my laptop can connect. The former would basically handle anything I *needed* to do, tethering would just bring the convenience towards the latter. Which would be nice.

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