Tethering coming to the iPhone?

Gizmodo was tipped by what they call a “pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers” that Apple and AT&T might be discussing the possibility of offering bringing tethering to the iPhone.

Apparently, their tipster emailed Steve Jobs himself (we know Steve sometimes personally answers emails from random people like you and me). Here is the email he supposedly sent to Steve:

AT&T offers data plans for BlackBerry that include tethering for an additional $30 per month (a total of $60 per month for the BlackBerry+tethering plan).

It seems ludicrous that the same thing is not offered with the iPhone. I understand the desire to prevent tethering with the current data plan, but I am willing to pay more money to allow tethering! With such an advanced device, why can I not do so?

Now here is the reply he supposedly got from Steve:

We agree, and are discussing it with ATT.


Sent from my iPhone

Not sure how I should take that but that is a pretty interesting rumor…