Not that tecchie, me, but
as they are just a proxy, won't iPhoneModem et al still work?
Apple released its iPhone Software 3.1 beta 2 on Tuesday, and today, the web is alive with reports that the release has disabled a hack that allowed fanbois to use the iPhone 3G and 3GS as wireless broadband modems for laptops and PCs. This capability - known as tethering - was touted as one of the benefits of 3.0 when Apple …
Seriously? What is it with mobile networks and hardware vendors?
The phone can do all this stuff already so why this continual knobbling of it and then the drip feeding of 'features' just as soon as they cook up an additional tariff to charge you through the arse for it? I know deep down the answer is the dripping-roast that is continual monetization but it just continues to mystify me how a shitty phoone can hold people in this Svengali-like thrall.
Good on the hackers for letting iPhone users realise the true potential of their handsets (shitty as they may be) before AT&T deign they may. Give me an N97, a decent data plan and stick the iPhone up your arse.
how about FanBOYYZZZ, as in BOYZ IN DA HOOD...
Anyhow, in order to let the flame wars begin, my Blackjack can do nearly everything your iPhone can do and I can tether... since like 2 years ago...bluetooth tether too....
This is what happens when people LET these monopolistic carrier/phone vendor deals to go on. Every thing is too tightly controlled. I bet when you are finally able to tether, AT&T will know not only that you were tethering, but what sites you visited, what computer you used to tether, your first born's circumcision status, etc.
When I tether, they don't even know, and never will. IPhone and AT&T for the fail!
So apple release a brand new phone with a brand new version of their OS and then they release an OS update one month later that knobbles features of the previous update.
I think I'll pass on the upgrade and continue using tethering - for free thankyouverymuch.
. . . is for unlimited data, why should there be any additional charge for plugging a wire between your phone and PC/laptop/netbook ?
The contract is for data across a network, it should be irrelevant whether the data is sent/received because of a request from the phone directly or another device the phone is attached too.
iphone users generally don't care for stuff like tethering (over usb/bluetooth/wifi), multitasking, or filesystem access (like copying documents over usb/bt/wifi). Before you dispute my generalization I'd like to point out the wild success of the device, without these "boring work/productivity related" stuff.
Have to say, agree 100%.
My variation on what you have written would be that as the user, purchase, I own the device and as such, it is up to me which way I use it.
It is not a rental device it is a purchase. The fact that the Network may have subsidised it to zero does not negate the purchase element: it is still my hardware.
For as long as this sort of shenanigans continues, I'll buy my Nokia sim free, unlocked and un-latched so I can shove in which ever sim I want, where ever I happen to be.
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