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AT&T network issues allegedly the cause of iPhone 3G tethering plan delays

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:06PM EST

We heard back in June that the iPhone 3G would not be offered with an optional tethering plan but now a new report indicates that might only be half the story. It now appears that an iPhone 3G tethering plan is back in the mix and is being considered worked on at AT&T. What’s the big issue with a tethering plan that’s causing all this ruckus? It is now being reported that an insider at AT&T is citing network stability issues as the reason for the delays. Of course AT&T customers using a variety of other smartphones have access to tethering plans, but the source cites the enormous number of iPhone users as a potential problem. Apparently Big Blue isn’t overly confident and fears that its network might buckle under the added stress of iPhone 3G tethering. What’s kind of sad in all this is we doubt even 5-10% of iPhone 3G users nation-wide would opt for a tethering plan. If network stability is indeed the issue, it’s a sad state of affairs when the gradual adoption of a tethering plan by such a small percentage of iPhone users would throw things out of wack.


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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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