AT&T’s Inability to Handle the iPhone: [...] Apple slagged AT&T twice during the WWDC keynote, for their inability to offer iPhone users either MMS or tethering. These are not advanced cutting edge mobile phone features. That was seven weeks ago, and AT&T still hasn’t said a peep about making either feature available. Of course Apple is furious. They are dependent on an incompetent partner in their biggest market. (Via Daring Fireball.)
Looking for any nice used bridges to purchase? Apple is a very smart company. They knew exactly what they were getting into when they signed the exclusive with AT&T. It's not as if AT&T's mediocrity has been a big secret. Apple must have concluded that the commercial benefits of the exclusive outweighed the costs, factoring in any (justifiable) doubts about AT&T's ability to perform.
It is very convenient for Apple to be able to hint through media and blogging stenographers that any problems are AT&T's fault, even though Apple knew perfectly well what they were getting into.
However, we may be able to finally see the truth behind this shadow boxing if the FCC's spine continues to stiffen.