Tethering on Verizon (without a tethering plan)

If you decided not to pay the extra $20 per month for the 2GB 3G mobile Hotspot feature when you purchased your Verizon iPhone you should know that you can still tether. Personally I don't understand why you have to pay an extra $20 per month to tether when you are already required to pay $29.99 for unlimited data just to have an iPhone on the Verizon network. Why does it matter if this data is being used to tether or not? I don't know about you but I don't like being billed twice for the same thing.





Fortunately there are a couple programs on Cydia that will make tethering easy. The programs are called MyWi and TetherMe. MyWi has a trial version for 3 days, after that it costs $19.99. TetherMe has no trial, but is only $1.99. I want to state that I receive nothing from these companies for writing about them in this tutorial. Purchase at your own risk.

Keep in mind, if Verizon decides they don't like you doing this and wants to charge you for a tethering plan, that's between Verizon and you.

Here's my Settings screen (no Personal Hotspot menu entry). Go to your Network menu, and you'll see the Personal Hotspot button with a spinning wheel.

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After a few seconds the button will change and say Set Up Personal Hotspot. If you don't have the tethering plan you'll see this message next. Here's how to get around this temporary setback...

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TetherMe - Step 1.

Launch Cydia. Press the Search button at the bottom and enter tetherme in the search box. Select the TetherMe in blue text. The other version of TetherMe doesn't work on the Verizon iPhone. Press the Purchase button at the top right. If this is your first time making a purchase on Cydia, you'll need to authenticate yourself with either your FaceBook or Google account.

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Once you've authenticated, press the Link Device to Your Account button. Next choose to pay for the program with either Amazon or PayPal.

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Once the payment has processed and you receive your confirmation message, press the Close button. Press the Install button. Continue with the installation process normally in Cydia.

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TetherMe - Step 2.

Launch Settings, scroll down to TetherMe and press it. Press the Personal Hotspot button.

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In the Personal Hotspot button slide the switch on. In my example I'm using a USB connection to my Mac. I pressed USB Only.

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The switch should now be on. You will now see a blue banner at the top of the screen. This lets you know that you are tethering.

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TetherMe - Step 3.

I then turned off the Wi-Fi on my Mac and loaded up a site.

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If you want to see how much data you are gobbling up, launch Settings, press General, press Usage and scroll to the bottom. The data will be tallied in the Cellular Network Data section and NOT the Tether Data section. Don't forget to shut off tethering when you're done.

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MyWi - Step 1.

Launch Cydia. Press the Search button at the bottom and enter mywi in the search box. Press the Install button at the top right. You don't have to purchase it yet! Press the Confirm button at the next screen to install it. After the program has been installed, press the Restart SpringBoard button.

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MyWi - Step 2.

You should see the MyWi icon on your phone. Launch it. Here's your last warning...

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The program will then modify a file on the iPhone and prompt you to press the Reboot button. You have to reboot as the radio must be restarted to allow the tethering to function. I then shut off my Wi-Fi to demonstrate tethering over 3G.

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Launch MyWi. I selected the laptops. I then pushed where it says Fastest Connection: USB.

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Go to the MyWi USB slider and turn it on. After a few seconds a pulsing blue bar will appear at the top of the screen to let you know tethering is enabled. It will also keep track of how much data you are downloading and uploading.

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MyWi - Step 3.

I shut of the Wi-Fi on my Mac and fired up Safari.

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If you want to see how much data you are gobbling up, launch Settings, press General, press Usage and scroll to the bottom. The data will be tallied in the Cellular Network Data section and NOT the Tether Data section. Don't forget to shut off tethering when you're done.

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