AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega laid a golden egg at the Web 2.0 Summit confirming that AT&T is working with Apple to allow iPhone to serve as a tethered wireless modem for laptops. De La Vega indicated that iPhone tethering will become available "soon". How soon is soon?
Since the wildly popular iPhone tethering app NetShare was yanked by Apple from the App Store, rumors have circulated about AT&T working on a tethering solution. It appears the rumors are true. I'm confident that both Apple and AT&T understand demand for iPhone tethering has remained extremely high for users. Of course the part that's still unclear are the monthly fees AT&T intends to charge for the convenience of tethering. AT&T has charged $30 extra per month for the same option on other smartphones though pricing for iPhone is still unconfirmed. Rumors are already hinting at the tethering capability being built into Apple's upcoming 2.2 firmware.