Tethering without a plan...

Updated: July 8, 2012

Who is this guide for?
  • You must already be jailbroken!
  • Tested on AT&T and T-Mobile. Should also work with Sprint and Verizon provided you have a data plan.
Warning: Any charges you incur for tethering (being caught using this method without an official tethering plan from your cell phone carrier) are yours and yours alone to bear.

I'll demonstrate how to tether your Mac via USB to your iPhone, and how to tether your iPad to your iPhone over the iPhone's Wi-Fi. It is important you understand that I do not have a data plan. When I launch a browser to test the connection you'll see that I go to a page to sign up for a data plan. Other than that, this is exactly how the process will work if you do have a data plan.



Step 1.

Launch Cydia and install TetherMe (or your favorite tethering program - My-Wi has a free trial.) TetherMe will add the Personal Hotspot menu and it also includes an APN editor which is important as you may not have a Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network menu. Press the Restart SpringBoard button when prompted.

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Go to Settings > General > Network and enable 3G and Cellular Data. Then press Cellular Data Network.

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If you are using T-Mobile then enter epc.tmobile.com in the Cellular Data APN section and in the Internet Tethering section. No username or password is needed. If you are using AT&T then enter wap.cingular for these two sections. For additional T-Mobile iPhone settings see this page.

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Go back to the Settings menu and press the Personal Hotspot button (you can also scroll down to the TetherMe menu). Enable the slider to turn on Personal Hotspot.

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There are three ways you can tether: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. I'm going to use USB.

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Step 2.

On your Mac, open System Preferences and go to Network. Select iPhone USB. It should show that it's connected.

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Open a browser and check your internet connection (make sure you've disabled Wi-Fi on your Mac.) In my case I get this page since I don't have a data plan with T-Mobile, but obviously the data connection is working.

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Blue bars will display to let you know you are tethering.

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To view your data usage: Settings, General, Usage, Cellular Usage. The Personal Hotspot menu appears in three locations, from the main Settings page; Settings, General, Network; and Settings, TetherMe. Don't forget to shut this off when you are done!

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Step 3.

Okay, here's how to tether your iPad to your iPhone. Make sure Personal Hotspot is turned on. Notice the Wi-Fi Password. Yours is probably different from mine.

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Launch Settings on your iPad. Choose your iPhone's name under the network selection area.

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Enter the password here and press Join.

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You should now see the personal hotspot icon next to your network name and next to the word iPad.

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Launch your browser.

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