Cult of Mac …
John Brownlee (9:12 am PDT, Mar 08)
Customer -> ATTCustomerCare – will you offer tethering for the new iPad?
ATTCustomerCare -> Customer – As of now we are not. If it changes we will tweet it out.
At yesterday’s press conference, Apple made a big deal about how you could tether your new iPad to your laptop or other device, “if your carrier supports Personal Hotspot.”
Hey, guys, guess which big two U.S. carriers won’t support Personal Hotspot on the new iPad? Yup, Verizon and AT&T, meaning that there’s no way to tether your laptop to your iPad’s blistering LTE speeds.
It’s surprising, only in wake of Apple specifically highlighting the capability. That said, Verizon and AT&T’s LTE networks are very, very young and under developed right now… it makes sense they would want to do everything in their power to prevent them from being crushed.
International carriers, of course, will probably support the feature, if not LTE 4G.
(more at the Cult of Mac link above…)
P.S. Maybe this is why the likes of [insert BIG cellular gear manufacturer] won’t release 4G LTE products to the general (and Marine) public. The carriers are still afraid of their networks being “crushed” by Shared Internet Connection devices? Tethering is a similar concept to any 3G or 4G “Router” that can share a Cellular Internet Connection with more than one user.
* Maybe we should recommend sticking with http://www.marinetelecom.net/Ericsson_W35 3G, 3G+ Cellular Internet on boats … for now. Let’s let this 4G LTE “stuff” mature a little bit more. We are always forward looking for the best and the fastests … but we may be a bit ahead of the 4G LTE (being really ready) curve at this point in time. T-Mobile and AT&T have been touting their upgraded faster UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ networks as being 4G anyway. We always like to have the latest gadgets … sometimes just for bragging rights … but sometimes it’s better to wait until “the dust settles” a little bit before taking the plunge.
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