Tethering has had something of a checkered history on the iPhone, having been unofficially available in more than one Trojan horse that’s slipped past the App Store gates as well as via jailbreak apps. Now the folks at Tether have figured out a way to circumvent the App Store entirely with a new HTML5-based app.
Everyone survive Cyber Monday? It looks like retailers sure have a lot to be happy about, and hopefully you’ll be able to do the same as those boxes of goodies start arriving later in the week. Now that you’ve blown your holiday budget and have no more money to spend, why not catch up on what’s going on around the rest of the internet? You know, the free stuff you might have overlooked? Here’s the latest for Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
The big blue hammer is starting to fall on iPhone users who jailbreak their devices and use them to tether other devices to "unauthorized" data plans (read: unlimited data plans).
AT&T customers who use their device for tethering but are not on a tiered data plan -- something you can only accomplish if you have an unlimited data plan (grandfathered in from back when there used to be such a thing) and you jailbreak your phone -- are about to get tiered, like it or not.
One of the many reasons we jailbreak our iOS devices is to add functionality that Apple or its partners don’t want us to have. Internet tethering is one of the most popular, but lately AT&T has started to crack down on such unauthorized usage -- and here’s how they know what you’re up to.
Despite the fact that AT&T officially jumped on board the iPhone tethering bandwagon last year with the release of iOS 4 -- a full year after Apple first added the capability with iOS 3! -- many jailbreak users have been content to use the $20 MyWi app with their unlimited data plans. Now those days may be coming to an end.
One of the unfortunate aspects of a Wi-Fi only iPad is the lack of a GPS chip, which is only included in the 3G models that cost $129 more. However, it appears that tethering your iPad to your iPhone allows the tablet to also receive accurate GPS data as well.
While AT&T hasn’t had much to say about the iPhone 4’s new Personal Hotspot feature since it was unveiled in January with the Verizon model, the company has finally broken its silence and confirmed that the feature will indeed work with next week’s iOS 4.3 update.
AT&T wireless customers should really be thanking Apple and Verizon these days. Not only did the telco cough up 1,000 bonus rollover minutes to loyal iPhone customers just for sending a text message, they’ve now gone and doubled their 2GB tethering package at no extra cost.
Are you making the switch or waiting it out? We're having the same internal battle here at Mac|Life headquarters, and we figured there's no better way to solve our problems than to write it out. If you're having some trouble making the decision yourself, read on--Nic, Ray and Susie make the case for taking the plunge, waiting it out, or staying faithful to gool ol' AT&T.
If you're unimpressed with having to pay $25 a month for the measley 2 GB of data tethering provided by AT&T's DataPro plan, brace yourselves: AT&T is planning on offering customers an additional 2 GB worth of tethering goodness to their customers. Unfortunately, that additional data's gonna set you back an additional $20 per month.