AT&T’s Tethering Plans for iPhone Leaked?

iPhone 3G and AT&T

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega in an interview with Michael
Arrington of TechCrunch at the Web 2.0 Summit had confirmed last week that AT&T would be
offering an official tethering option for the iPhone "soon"

MacBlogz is claiming that they have got details of AT&T’s tethering plans from an inside source.

MacBlogz is claiming that as per their source, AT&T will be offering their official tethering option for the iPhone for an additional $30 per month with a 5GB data cap.

You can checkout the details of AT&T’s leaked tethering plans below:

  • GB Data Cap (just like Blackberry users) – AT&T will automatically turn off your tethering connection if you use too much bandwidth. Of note, the 5GB cap might get sliced for all users, not just iPhone users, in order to accommodate all new tethering plan customers (bandwidth demand).
  • Initial connection through iTunes? (not sure if this is every time you connect, or just for initial setup)
  • Expected speeds: GPRS: 30k – dialup speeds / EDGE: 110k – ISDN speeds / 3G: 1000k – slow broadband.
  • You’ll want to disable auto-updates for everything, so as to not go over usage limitations.
  • Will be +$30/month, new iPhone plans may be rolled out with tethering rolled in.
  • Do not pro-rate tethering/bandwidth, it can become a nightmare, instead wait until new billing cycle.
  • For unlimited bandwidth, AT&T will tell you to get a wireless PC card.

Unfortunately, there is still no information available on the official announcement date of the plan.

When we had reported that AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega had confirmed the official tethering option and had asked iPhone Hacks readers if they were willing to pay carriers the addition $30/month with superb iPhone apps like PdaNet which is free and iPhone apps like iPhoneModem that charge a one-time fee to bring the tethering feature to the jailbroken iPhone (without the monthly charges). The response from them was a resounding "No" as seen here, here, here and here.

With the additional limitations such as data cap it will be even more difficult for AT&T to convince iPhone users to pay an additional $30 per month.

We should also point out that the details of the tethering plans for the iPhone mentioned above are quite similar to AT&T’s BlackBerry tethering plan (along with the 5GB data cap).

What do you think?

[via MacBlogz]

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