Using the new iphone as a modem

June 9, 2009

Thats right. You can use the latest version of the Apple iphone as a modem. This means you can now use the latest generation iphone for accessing the internet via a broadband connection.

In the UK, this will mean purchasing the new iphone (out in the middle of June 2009) will give you access via the O2 broadband and wifi networks.

This offers you a very real possibility of dropping your home broadband connection and even your mobile broadband dongle. This could be the perfect excuse for you to bring and iphone into your Apple collection or upgrade your existing iphone.

iphone as modem

As reported in the Times newspaper…

O2 has announced that it is to charge users of new Apple’s iPhone models announced yesterday at least £14.68 per month on top of the monthly subscription if they want to use it as a modem to connect their laptops to the internet, a process known as internet tethering. Using the internet from the iPhone itself, via both 3G and wi-fi, is included in the normal monthly subscription.

Tethering is one of the key features that has been missing from the iPhone until now. However, the new iPhone 3G S models announced at yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose and which will be available in the UK through Apple’s exclusive network partner O2 from June 19, will allow tethering. Users of existing 3G iPhones will also be to download an upgrade to their operating system software from the same date, giving them access to that feature as well as other new ones such as cut and paste and picture messaging.

However, O2 has revealed that using tethering will not be included in the normal unlimited data that comes with standard pay monthly packages. Instead, you will have to buy a bolt-on monthly package costing £14.68 per month for 3 gigabytes of data and £29.36 per month for 10 gigabytes. Additional data used through tethering will cost 19.6p per megabyte. If you want to use internet tethering overseas, you will have to pay £2.94 per megabyte in the EU and £6 per megabyte everywhere else.

Visit the O2 online store for more information

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