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  • Easily Enable Tethering on 3.0 via iPhone Safari!
    So if you haven't already discovered tethering is working on iPhone firmware 3.0 (even for AT&T). You can enable AT&T tethering via a simple .ipcc (download AT&T.ipcc) update via iTunes OR you can make it happen in an even easier manner via Safari on your iPhone!

    BenM.at is hosting TONS of iPhone tethering configuration files for many many networks across various countries.

    Simply browse to help.BenM.at/help.php via Safari on your iPhone



    Select Mobileconfigs



    Select Country



    Select Provider



    Select install



    Select Install Now



    Select Done



    That's it, Now just browse to Settings->General->Network->Internet Tethering->On and you have tethering.



    Note: at the time of this writing tethering is still working for AT&T even though they said it would not work. Here's hoping that AT&T doesn't prevent this overnight!

    thx to iClarified for pointing out BenM.at
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Easily Enable Tethering on 3.0 via iPhone Safari! started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 202 Comments
    1. hevey's Avatar
      hevey -
      hi after installing the APN for my iphone i dont get tethering option in my settings.

      i am using telstra.iph in australia anyone else could confirm if this is working or not would be greatly appreciated
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      thanks BenM and cash!
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      thanks for this great tip.

      but something is a bit weird. when i pair with my mbp everything seems ok. then i find that my wifi is still connected to my home network and when i turn wifi off i lose the tether even though it's through bluetooth.

      i'm a little worried about charges too, any way to verify them?

      can we just have a small tutorial please for the procedure after installing on phone. as far as i know i have done everything right, but looks like somethings amiss.

      thanks again, just a little more info would be super dooper!
    1. Boidy's Avatar
      Boidy -
      I've managed to get tethering working on Orange UK (legit unlocked 3G) by making my own mobile config file. To clear up the question about extra charges, that very much depends on the mobileconfig file itself and whether your carrier has a separate apn for tethering.
      I think that carriers are setting up new APNs specifically for tethering, so that they can monitor and charge for tethering, independantly from MMS and GPRS/3G access. I think that is what AT&T and O2 UK are planning to do.
      As I'm with an unofficial carrier (Orange UK), there won't be a tethering specific APN, so using the mobileconfig file, I can tell the iPhone to use my normal data plan APN for tethering.
      I believe having looked at 1 or 2 of the files at help.benm.at that, that is what he has doen to enable tethering. That is why, even though the likes of AT&T say they don't support tethering yet (as they haven't gone live with the new APN to monitor and charge for it), you can get tethering to work. I expect once they do go live, they will force a mobile setting update, and will probaly overwite the mobileconfig files, to force you to use the new APN settings. That isn't to say, you can't overwite the old ones back, but do so at your own risk.

      As for cost, of course if you use tethering a lot, your bandwidth usage is going to increase on your normal data plan. It may eventually be cheaper to use the official tethering APN once it goes live, but in the meantime, using tethering is going to cost you the same as mobile browsing on 3G/GPRS on the iPhone costs you now.

      This is not gospel, its just my understanding of how its working.

      Now if I could only figure out why MMS keeps failing...
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      well i used the 02uk contract tether option and i'd be worried they could monitor this.
      boidy, are you tethering through bluetooth? how do you know you re actually connected through BT and not on your normal network? are you on a mac?
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Can you supply me with the info for Orange uk to get MMS and tethering working please?! Have some friends using Orange.

      Working on O2 UK over bluetooth and usb lead. Thanks!
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      reeko, are you on a mac?

      how are you doing it?

      i'm connected and paired but when i turn my wifi off it's not working?

      i'm using the 02uk tether too btw.
    1. Rob_Quads's Avatar
      Rob_Quads -
      Would the carrier in any way be able to tell that you have enabled the tethering switch in the OS.
      I mean detect the switch being flicked rather than downloads i.e. detect you are using 'offical' tethering rather than a jailbreak solution wherre all the could tell is your usage has gone up.
    1. abobader's Avatar
      abobader -
      You put that in the iphone:
      Settings - General - Network - Cellular Data Network - MMS

      My best
    1. Boidy's Avatar
      Boidy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob_Quads View Post
      Would the carrier in any way be able to tell that you have enabled the tethering switch in the OS.
      I mean detect the switch being flicked rather than downloads i.e. detect you are using 'offical' tethering rather than a jailbreak solution wherre all the could tell is your usage has gone up.
      An access point (APN) is an entry point into their network, where they can monitor the amount of bandwidth you use. At the moment, we are using the same APN for tethering and for mobile browsing, but pretty soon they will have a seperate APN for tethering specifically, so they can monitor it seperately and charge you different rates (presumably).

      Think of it as having 2 seperate internet service providers at your house. One you use for sending the occasional email, and the other you use for heavy downloading. In this example, they would be able to monitor your email usage, and you download usage seperately, and charge you different rates on each account. If however, you forced your heavy downloads through your 'light usage' account, they would see an increase in the amount of data being used on that link. So they would be able to tell your usage had gone up, but I don't think they can poll your device to see how you did it.

      What they can, and probably will do, once they have the tethering APN active, is send your phone instructions, to use the new APN for tethering, so that they can charge you specifically for tethering and not for other data usage.

      To answer another question, I am using Windows Vista with USB tethering. I haven't tried bluetooth yet.
    1. bobby563's Avatar
      bobby563 -
      Hi,
      I installed the APN and then tethering showed up but when I touch it it says something like "contact T-Mobile to enable tethering for this account". I have a 3G and I didn't have tethering option before installing the APN. Plus I cant access any MMS configurations that some of you talk about.
    1. playeron87's Avatar
      playeron87 -
      not working for me!!! it saids "to enable tethering on this account, contact AT&T" f no.......
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by abobader View Post
      You put that in the iphone:
      Settings - General - Network - Cellular Data Network - MMS

      My best
      darn, that setting is missing on my phone even though i have the tether option...
    1. Boidy's Avatar
      Boidy -
      Quote Originally Posted by playeron87 View Post
      not working for me!!! it saids "to enable tethering on this account, contact AT&T" f no.......
      Ok, this is what you see when the iPhone is looking for an tethering specific APN which it doesn't know about. The mobileconfig file has to be modified to allow tethering on the existing APN.

      DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

      Download a copy of the mobileconfig to your PC/Mac so you can open it up in a text editor.

      Scroll through it until you see something like what is shown below:


      PHP Code:
       <dict>
          <
      key>apn</key>
          <
      string>orangeinternet</string>
          <
      key>username</key>
          <
      string></string>
          <
      key>type-mask</key>
          <
      integer>49</integer>
          </
      dict

      The last 2 lines (type-mask & integer lines) are probably missing from your config. This is what tells the iPhone to use the same APN for internet and tethering. Add them to the file, save it, and then email it as an attachment to yourself so you can pick it up on your iPhone. Open the attachment on the iPhone and it should apply the new settings.
    1. MiPhoan's Avatar
      MiPhoan -
      Added the 2 lines, but it didn't help. I still get "To enable tethering on this account, contact AT&T." Any other sugestions
    1. businesssuit's Avatar
      businesssuit -
      It worked perfectly for tethering, I am on ATT using windows XP.

      USB method
      I went to network settings, create a new connection - Connect to the internet > Choose from a list of internet service providers > Get on line with MSN and clicked Finish then looked at the iphone 3G and at the top of the phone turned blue. Opened up interent explorer and I was on yahoo.com

      Worked great for me!!!!
    1. Boidy's Avatar
      Boidy -
      Quote Originally Posted by MiPhoan View Post
      How do you download mobileconfig on a phone that hasn't been jailbroken?
      It doesn't need to be jailbroken.. just email the file to yourself as an attachment. Then access your email account from your iPhone, open up the message and click on the attachment.
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      right folks, as you can see i'm tethered according to my phone.



      below is the screen from my macbook pro showing that i'm connected also, but when i turn my wifi off i have no connection. any ideas???

      the only reason i turn my wifi off is because i can't tell if my home network is connecting me or the tether? do i need my wifi on even though it's a bluetooth connection?

      if so, i have tried creating or joining other network and can't see my phone in there.

      i'm stuck, help me guys....and gals!

    1. Otacon132's Avatar
      Otacon132 -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      darn, that setting is missing on my phone even though i have the tether option...
      ive been trying to figure this out but without any luck. Most people are still complaining about getting their phones activated and unlocked.

      I believe that setting will be available once we manually edit the ipcc file or something via SSH. So gotta wait for a jailbreak as of now i believe