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  • iOS 4.2 Has iPad Tethering Option... Outside the US


    A developer in Europe has found the first indication that iPads running iOS 4.2 will be able to tether. Another user in the UK also sees the "Internet Tethering" configuration option in the Cellular Data Settings pane, but the option is still unavailable on iPads running the 4.2 beta in the US. In all likelihood, the feature will support wired tethering, rather than mobile-to-mobile "hotspot" tethering la MyWi.

    Acording to 9to5Mac, a dev in Sweden who was running iOS 4.2 beta 2 on the 3 Sverige network noticed an "Internet Tethering" section of the APN Settings pane under Settings: Cellular Data. The section asks for the APN, username and password separate from the cellular carrier data network access credentials.

    Interestingly, though, the option doesn't appear on iPads in the US, indicating that it's region- or carrier-specific. AT&T may not be willing to add a tethering option to its relatively low-cost iPad data plans, or Apple may simply have hoped to test the feature in a lower-profile location. If so, they didn't count on the attentiveness of Swedish users, or their talkativeness.

    When asked directly back in March by Swedish DJ "Jezper S" if the WiFi iPad will support iPhone tethering, Steve Jobs responded with a flat "no." This latest news, of course, talks about tethering in the other direction, but it still seems unlikely Apple will support using the iPad's WiFi chip as a hotspot.

    Source: 9to5Mac, image via Paul Grave
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.2 Has iPad Tethering Option... Outside the US started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by jordanemmet View Post
      I live here in the states and when I first updated my iPad to 4.2 beta 1, I briefly saw the 'Carrier' field appear in my Settings App, right above or below 'Cellular Data', I can't remember. Either way, I was highly intrigued but nothing I did made it appear again. I guess the OS pings your location once and disables it for good once they see you're in the US.

      This makes me wonder if there is a way to dig into the code and manually enable it or spoof your location.
      Was this using an AT&T SIM or a non-AT&T SIM? I would imagine this would to happen with AT&T SIMs, since that's happened to my iPhones before with the unmodified carrier bundles: having the tethering option show up temporarily then go away before I could use it.

      I wonder if a T-Mobile or other non-AT&T SIM would enable these tethering settings. It sounds like it should be a carrier based option, just like it is on the iPhones.

      I bet this can be 'fixed' by SHAtter and a decent CommCenter and/or carrier bundle patch.
    1. Rombo's Avatar
      Rombo -
      Does this really serve any purpose? What are you going to use it with? Your netbook? It seems that tethering on a phone was a much better idea.
    1. Sarah Hastings's Avatar
      Sarah Hastings -
      It does have an option but you would have to jailbreak first and download the patch. It will get activated upon reboot after which one is legible to tether outside the US. I have used other phones with 3rd and 5th gen OS of symbian S60 platform and I get great tethering.
    1. jordanemmet's Avatar
      jordanemmet -
      Quote Originally Posted by GenesisDH View Post
      Was this using an AT&T SIM or a non-AT&T SIM? I would imagine this would to happen with AT&T SIMs, since that's happened to my iPhones before with the unmodified carrier bundles: having the tethering option show up temporarily then go away before I could use it.

      I wonder if a T-Mobile or other non-AT&T SIM would enable these tethering settings. It sounds like it should be a carrier based option, just like it is on the iPhones.

      I bet this can be 'fixed' by SHAtter and a decent CommCenter and/or carrier bundle patch.
      It was with an AT&T sim... I'm sure someone much smarter than myself will be able to jb 4.2 and find out where the code is for determining location or find a way to spoof the sim card. Personally, I prefer just paying for 1 data plan for my iPhone and using MyWi- AT&T and Apple can suck on that!