iPhone/AT&T Feature Checklist… MMS- CHECK! VOiP Over 3G – CHECK! Tethering – NOPE!


I am still a bit surprised by AT&T’s sudden decision to allow VOiP over 3G. Happy but surprised. Sure the decision might just be an attempt to deflect some of the mounting criticism over lousy service (30% of calls in NYC are dropped!!) and numerous conflicts over apps like Google Voice and Slingbox. But no matter what the reason, I’ll take.

AT&T has had a good couple of week. First they finally got MMS pushed out to iPhones. Now 3G VOiP. What’s next?? Perhaps tethering? NOPE! Don’t expect it any time soon.

Here’s why…

According to a Wall Street journal post, when asked about the possibility that tethering would be rolled out soon a spokesperson for AT&T said that tethering remains unavailable. S/he stuck with the company’s prior comment on this: “Whenever we offer new features, we want to offer the best possible customer experience. For tethering, we need to do some additional fine tuning to our systems and networks so that we do deliver a great experience.”

Translation- “Enjoy your 3G VOiP, now go leave us alone for a while.”

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  1. Yea, I could tether my RAZR with Cingular’s EDGE, but when AT&T took over and upped my area to 3G, it doesn’t work anymore. They still have instructions on how to do it on their website, but it’s a no-go.


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