updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed March 18, 2009
iPhone 3 tethering
A developer has allegedly enabled tethering with the iPhone 3.0 beta operating system, after "hacking around" with APNs in the Carrier.bundle file, according to MacRumors. A new preference window indicates that users will be able to tether via USB or Bluetooth, effectively turning the iPhone into an external modem for desktop or notebook computers.
Apple acknowledged that the upcoming operating system would provide the functionality, but the company must negotiate individually with each carrier to set the contract terms. Many cellular companies have resisted the idea, some citing bandwidth concerns.
AT&T recently announced that tethering would arrive soon, although specific details remain undisclosed. If the carrier decides to charge extra for the service, customers could be forced to pay an estimated $50 to $60 per month on top of the existing contracts.
The public release of iPhone 3.0 is expected to occur sometime this summer.