Everything you need to know about iPhone internet tethering:
Internet tethering on the iPhone has a lengthy history. (For those who don’t know what internet tethering is, it basically allows you to connect to WiFi or 3G on your laptop through your iPhone by turning your iPhone into a “modem”.) There was once an application in the iTunes App Store called NetShare. The app appeared, disappeared, then appeared again, and finally disappeared for good. It was a shock to see a tethering application make it to the App Store after Apple intentionally left tethering out of the iPhone package. Go here and here to read more about NetShare. More after the fold.
There have since been several jailbroken alternatives to enable iPhone tethering. PdaNet, made by June Fabrics, has been available for Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and jailbroken iPhones for a long time. Since the jailbreaking phenomenon, PdaNet has been one of the most downloaded applications in Cydia through the ModMyI depository.
Fortunately for us iPhone users, applications like PdaNet will no longer be necessary, because full (legit Apple built) internet tethering is now available on the iPhone OS 3.0. PdaNet is one of many applications that have become obsolete since the release of iPhone OS 3.0.
The new iPhone OS 3.0 was released today, but was installed by many users last week thanks to the torrent leak of the iPhone OS 3.0 Golden Master. The new firmware is great, and offers many excellent new features.
The problem is, however, that due to AT&T’s incompetence, internet tethering and MMS messaging will not be available to 3.0 users until the end of the summer at best. The reason that tethering is delayed is because AT&T is still trying to form some kind of a pricing plan (to maximize the amount of money they rob from you.)
Allegedly, the pricing plan we’re most likely to end up with is $70/month for unlimited tethering. Something tells me only 7 people in all of America would actually pay $70/month for tethering. Hopefully AT&T will realize that.
All that aside, someone has created an amazing way to activate internet tethering on your iPhone 3.0, today!
Screenshots of my iPhone tethering in action:
1. Install iPhone 3.0:
2. Go to http://tr.im/oS1h
On your iPhone, in the Safari browser, go to the following website: http://tr.im/oS1h
3. Go to Mobileconfigs and download
Press Mobileconfigs. Find your country, select your provider, and press download.
4. Press Install and Confirm
The message reads: “IMPORTANT: The authenticity os “US AT&T” cannot be verified. Installing this profile will change settings on your iPhone.” Changing settings is exactly what we’re trying to do. Confirm with “Intall Now”.
5. Go to Settings>>General>>Network>>Internet Tethering
7. Bluetooth or USB
Decide how you’d like to tether. Follow the instructions on the screen (it’s almost automatic).
- AT&T could be charging you. Nobody knows.
- Do this at your own risk.