9 to 5 Mac was recently sent a note by an AT&T spokesman regarding an article on their website that claimed that iPhone tethering would be coming in 2009.
Just reading again – where did anyone promise tethering by [end of year]? Where did you see that? We promised MMS by end of summer and ended up being a few days late for that…
Tethering has been available in other countries since iPhone firmware 3.0 was released back in June. There have been ways of enabling it here but none of them officially supported by AT&T and Apple. And, you would have to pass on updating to firmware 3.1.
There is still a glimmer of hope that this was just a nitpicking AT&T employee simply pointing out that a time frame hasn’t officially been announced, but it’s probably safe to say that tethering is a 2010 thing.
By the way, for those of you lucky enough to purchase Netshare before it was pulled from the App Store: it still works.
Update 11/14/09: AT&T on iPhone Tethering and Verizon Ads