Of some 100 new features added to Apple’s iPhone 3.0 software last week, Jorge Mata, CIO for the Los Angeles Community College District, said one of those alone — the ability to tether Windows laptops to the iPhone — could provide a quick boost to his operation, PC World reports. Mata said the updated software will give the 200 iPhone users on the college’s staff the ability to transform the device into a modem, which could replace $60-a-month air cards now installed on the laptop computers of those users. "The most compelling enterprise feature [in iPhone 3.0] is the tethering capability," Mata said. "This would replace the need to issue mobile broadband cards to our phone users." Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone software, said that while tethering is built into the iPhone 3.0 software, it’s up to the carriers to implement it. Mata remains hopeful that the capability will be offered for free or at a modest charge, noting that the iPhone is becoming increasingly popular among users at the college…

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