Tethering without a plan...

Posted: January 4, 2014

Who is this guide for?
  • You must already be jailbroken!
  • Will work on any carrier 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 have read that people have been discovered tethering using the Tether Me program. I've also read of people who have no problems when they use the My Wi program.



It is important you understand that I do not have a data plan. When I launch a browser to test the data connection you'll see that I am sent to a page to sign up for a data plan. Other than that, this is how the process should work if you do have a data plan.



Method 1: Mac to iPhone - Step 1.

Launch Cydia and install TetherMe (or your favorite tethering program - My-Wi has a free trial.) Press the Restart SpringBoard button when prompted.

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Go to Settings > Cellular and turn on Cellular Data and Enable LTE. Then press Cellular Data Network.

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If you are using T-Mobile then enter fast.t-mobile.com in the Cellular Data section under APN. No username or password is needed. If you are using AT&T then enter wap.cingular.

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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). Slide the slider to ON to enable Personal Hotspot.

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

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Method 1: Mac to iPhone - 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 go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Usage. Don't forget to shut off your connection when you are finished.

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Method 2: iPad to iPhone - Step 1.

Make sure Personal Hotspot is turned on. Notice the Wi-Fi Password. Yours is probably different from mine. You can also go into a submenu and customize this password.

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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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