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  • Easy Tethering with redsn0w 0.9 beta 3

    One of the main reasons many jailbreakers haven't upgraded to iPhone OS 3.1.2 has been because it killed the IPCC tethering hacks that had been out there since 3.1 had disabled the previous hacks. There have been a number of hacks to workaround the 3.1.2 changes, but they required tinkering that was a bit challenging for many casual users. Now, the iPhone Dev Team has reintroduced tethering to redsn0w with beta 3 of the recently released 0.9 version of their popular multi-device, Mac-and-Windows jailbreak utility.

    The main difference between redsn0w and other jailbreak utilities is that it's a quick and dirty iTunes-free pwn that doesn't allow you to create custom IPSW files. It works for all iPhones and iPod touches, and while it won't unlock, it also doesn't touch your iPhone's baseband. So if you've already unlocked you can re-jailbreak with redsn0w, and by clicking the "Already Pwned" box you can skip that step. However, unlike utilities like PwnageTool, it doesn't prevent your baseband from being upgraded.

    It's useful for jailbreakers that want an easy, trouble-free break that preserves existing data and applications. The utility goes into an existing phone's filesystem and installs the various bootrom and bootloader hacks that allow full access to your phone, and loads Cydia, custom logos, afc2 and the IPCC tethering hack in one shot, without requiring separate installs.

    The process is extremely simple, just pointing and clicking. Browse to your IPSW: on Mac it's in ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/, on XP: \Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates, on Vista: \Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates).

    Once the phone is jailbroken, use Safari on your phone to download a mobile config file for your carrier from help.BenM.at - or you can create your own with Ben's Mobileconfig Generator. Then, just tap Settings:General:Network and turn tethering on. Done.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Easy Tethering with redsn0w 0.9 beta 3 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. Lungs's Avatar
      Lungs -
      Quote Originally Posted by 4n4c0nd4 View Post
      This is the route I had chosen but my voicemail has never worked since. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
      For those who have 3.1.2, blackrain1 and unlocked like me.

      I had the ben.mat and while it did work it did knock off the voicemail. I found this site that took the ben.mat config file and found out that there was a problem. Went ahead and modified the mobilconfig file from ben.mat and uploaded the new one on this link.

      Tether is so simple now and it does not knock off the voicemail any longer.

      Go here and thank the guy:
      iPad/iPhone Apps and Games : 3.1 Tethering & Visual Voicemail: Fixing the BenM MobileConfig File : App Advice
    1. Gimmicks's Avatar
      Gimmicks -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      If you pay O2 for tethering they will enable it.
      If you don't pay O2 for tethering you are very likely to end up with a very, very high bill for data as tethering is specifically excluded from you data usage plan on the iPhone and they will almost certainly realise you are tethering and charge you.
      Thanks for the reply, no I do not pay for tether as its like £15 a month extra!

      But I am on an Unlimited Data plan, and my phone is unlocked officially by O2 as i have seen out my contract. I am on rolling 30day Iphone Simplicity contract 1200mins Unlimited Txt and unlimited data for £30

      I dont want to tether to download, just to link to laptop when out so I can browse etc...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The simplicity unlimited data does not allow tethering.

      From Tariff Small Print

      Data Bolt On Terms

      1. The Web Bolt On allows you unlimited use of Telefónica O2 UK Limited‘s Edge/GPRS/ 3G networks (as applicable to your handset), for personal internet use via your mobile phone. All usage must be for your private, personal and non-commercial purposes. You may not use your SIM Card:
      * in, or connected to, any other device including modems;
      * to allow the continuous streaming of any audio / video content, enable Voice over Internet (Voip), P2P or file sharing; or
      * in such a way that adversely impacts the service to other O2 customers.
      If O2 reasonably suspects you are not acting in accordance with this policy O2 reserves the right to impose further charges, impose network protection controls which may reduce your speed of transmission, remove the Web Bolt On from your account or disconnect your tariff at any time, having attempted to contact you first.
    1. Gimmicks's Avatar
      Gimmicks -
      Thanks for the reply. But how can they tell if I am browsing the web on my phone to browsing it on my laptop via the phone.

      I will not use much data, I have tethered before for a little while and my total usage according to iphone usage calculator is only 3GB.

      I thought if I did a tether hack using mywi or pdanet or this one. I could use the tether function and just as long as I wasnt silly I would be ok?

      Or will o2 detect immediately that I am tethering and not paying for this?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It is the data usage patterns that give it away.
      You *might* get away with it - but you will be breaking your T&C so can't complain if/when you get caught.
    1. Gimmicks's Avatar
      Gimmicks -
      i think I am sensible enough to take the risk. My usage will be the same, just its nice to have the option if I go away for work, to tether my laptop to browse instead of staring at a tiny screen. and not pay premier inn prices for wifi. Its just an option really, I doubt I will use it much.

      What is the best method in your opinion of course?

      I like the native tethering, but I am unsure with all these settings updates? Anyone on o2 contract done the benm one what did they pick? as there are 2 options
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      I am having this same exact issue, except I jailbroke and unlocked with blackra1n/blacksn0w. If I had to guess, I'd say it was the blacksn0w unlock, but I don't have any solid evidence that's the case.

      Also, I installed SinfuliPhone's Enable Tethering for 3GS package to get the tethering working again. Could have had something to do with it. I get random baseband resets while using data at all, around once a day, but when I'm tethering it's rampant.
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      If you upgraded to 3.12 using pwnage why did you then unlock using BlackSn0w rather than UltraSn0w?

      I think it was blacksn0w that was the culprit, not sure, but I restored normally to 3.1.2, then jailbroke using redsn0w, now everything is working great, with "native" tethering working again. I no longer keep dropping service like I did with blackra1n/blacksn0w. and before that I had no problems with pwnage tool either.