AT&T: iPhone Tethering and MMS Coming Soon

9 Jun 2009 | Apple , att | 5 comments


iphone-tethering.pngYesterday's keynote was packed with loads of features for the new iPhone 3GS, which also included tethering (the ability to use the iPhone's internet connection to surf the web on your computer) and MMS support. However, the crowd felt a bit disappointed, as Apple said that AT&T will be delaying these new features by a few months.

AT&T today has confirmed that it will support both MMS and tethering eventually, but will only be available by late summer: "We need to complete some system upgrades that will ensure our customers have the best experience with MMS. These upgrades are unrelated to our 3G network. We plan to offer a tethering plan, but don't have an announcement to make at this time."


by David on Jun 9, 2009

Hasn't MMS been available using other phones on the AT&T network for years? Why do they need to update anything?

by M. on Jun 9, 2009

Hey, at least we know it's coming and have an ETA, we just have to wait now.

I don't like this any more than you do, I paid good money for this phone and what's the point if it can't do simple crap like MMS.

by The Digital Alchemist on Jun 9, 2009

I am: Unimpressed, Underwhelmed, and Unexcited for the 3GS.

This will make is so much easier to remain loyal to my JAILBROKEN 3G. I have been tethering and using MMS for months now...


by Scott on Jun 10, 2009

Me too man! I'm so happy they didn't improve the iPhone THAT much, I just bought a 3G late last year and wanted to be able to enjoy it for at least a year.

Nice job Apple, everybody's happy! Those who already have a 3G will remain with the 3G, those who don't have an iPhone can buy the 3GS and those who still own the first gen can upgrade.

It's great, and I can't wait for OS 3.0! And I'll have to disagree with M., it's a great phone, even though there are some features lacking.

by Timothy Tripp on Jun 12, 2009

Like most users, I want the MMS and tethering yesterday not at the end of summer, although I'd rather have AT&T focus on quality of service than these features and I do think MMS would overload their network as it stands right now.

That said, they work closely enough with Apple that they should have seen this coming and upgraded their network bandwidth in preparation for it. It's time for AT&T to stop making excuses about how they didn't realize the iPhone was going to be so popular and lay the fiber, upgrade the firmware and build more towers in 2009 not 2010. I'd like to see AT&T become iPhone's biggest advocate, pushing data usage to new heights instead of complaining about it, embracing tethering without charging more than the already high monthly rates we all pay, and embracing turn-by-turn GPS, MMS and other mobile-data intensive activities.

They should WANT the AT&T network to become an even bigger part of peoples' lives not try to keep people off the network. These are just growing pains - get over it, build out your infrastructure and welcome with open arms all the new subscribers that will want to be part of the iPhone/AT&T family.