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  • How To: Tether the iPhone 3G


    For those of you wondering if it was possible to tether your iPhone 3G to your Mac - its sure is.

    We've got a simple guide up to tether the iPhone 3G in OS X which you can follow along with.

    NOTE: Tethering is AGAINST AT&T's data usage policy, this is not something you should abuse, or perhaps even do - you could get slapped with some heavy fines. There, you've been warned.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How To: Tether the iPhone 3G started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 135 Comments
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      its not working, it says "timeout"
    1. erotmica's Avatar
      erotmica -
      Quote Originally Posted by bretthartt View Post
      In a nutshell it means "Mess With" or "Bother" or "JimmyRig" lol
      Wrong. And as you would say...'lol'.
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      cant get it to work :-/ i did everything right, but now im going to try to do it all over agian, after i restart my phone

      wow mine works fine after i restart my phone. BTW im TETHERING NOW WOOTTTT

      i get a very good connection, better than my phone does most of the time. 1.18 megabit connection i think thats that right name, well 165 kbs
    1. icedx2's Avatar
      icedx2 -
      I believe it has something to do with the ports used aswell, for example if u were to sign on to AIM, it would know you are not on the iphone cause the ports used are not normally used on the iphone, i believe you can get caught doing this pretty easy and i think it could get worse than just some outstanding fines, i believe they have the right to terminate your contract
    1. hozay09's Avatar
      hozay09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rknj79 View Post
      Has anyone confirmed that AT&T is indeed able to track this?? I really want to have the ability to tether (quite often), but don't want to risk any crazy bills?? How can they know if you are tethering or not???
      Yes they can & no you won't get crazy bills. More then likely they will disconnect your service after warning (sometimes they don't warn). I've seen WM users get caught using tethering w/out a proper tethering plan & they get caught in a matter of a month or two.
    1. ixbilalxi's Avatar
      ixbilalxi -
      Hmm. Will this only happen with a lot of tethering or even with the slightest amount.

      I just want to be able to tether at the coffee joint or at the airport.
    1. jrivs9719's Avatar
      jrivs9719 -
      how can AT&T tell if u r tethering??????
    1. mrblader's Avatar
      mrblader -
      does this work with the first gen iphones also...... or just the 3G's

      is it the 2.0 software or the phone itself??
    1. ixbilalxi's Avatar
      ixbilalxi -
      It works with first gen too. Just download 3proxy and run socks in the terminal.

      On a pc go to connect to, setup network, setup wireless ad hoc.

      Go to this network on the iphone. And make note of the ip.

      On pc go to firefox and setup up the proxy. Make sure to do the about:config dns part too.

      Then open a page up on the iphone and you should be set.
    1. mrblader's Avatar
      mrblader -
      swwwwweeeeeeeeeeeet! thanks ixbilalxi
    1. mattolson's Avatar
      mattolson -
      AT&T can do nothing but cancel your service if you are caught tethering. You pay for unlimited data, this is one of the easiest ways to get out of an At&T contract, you just tether and use tons of data.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      @mattolson - very wrong. You pay for unlimited MOBILE data. Your terms of contract explicitly state you are NOT allowed to use this for actual browsing, meaning YOU, not AT&T, would be in breach of contract If you abused it.
    1. Brandnew70x7's Avatar
      Brandnew70x7 -
      I'm gonna be moving to Ann Arbor in the summer and the apartment doesn't have internet. Is there any extra fees for tethering on AT&T or is it like Sprint? (My cousin has a blackberry on sprint and tethering is included)
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      How long til AT&T puts a stop to this by dropping contracts and charging early termination fees due to people abusing this by running **** like BitTorrent over it? Pretty quickly I'm guessing. They can easily see that it's not traffic from the iPhone Safari, Mail, or AppStore stuff. Should be interesting to see the shitstorm.

      Quote Originally Posted by mattolson View Post
      AT&T can do nothing but cancel your service if you are caught tethering. You pay for unlimited data, this is one of the easiest ways to get out of an At&T contract, you just tether and use tons of data.
      Guess you didn't read the contract that carefully.
    1. tobypu's Avatar
      tobypu -
      The terms of service says that there is a 5GB cap on "Unlimited" data plans. So much for "Unlimited"
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by tobypu View Post
      The terms of service says that there is a 5GB cap on "Unlimited" data plans. So much for "Unlimited"
      And they even go beyond that. Just like your ISP they can cut you off at any point they consider excessive and there's no set definition of excessive.
    1. Goronok's Avatar
      Goronok -
      Quote Originally Posted by hozay09 View Post
      Yes they can & no you won't get crazy bills. More then likely they will disconnect your service after warning (sometimes they don't warn). I've seen WM users get caught using tethering w/out a proper tethering plan & they get caught in a matter of a month or two.
      AT&T can track and warn/fine users who abuse standard tethering methods. AT&T doesnt however have the ability to track tethering with this method. (socks proxy) The only way they would do anything regarding this method of tethering, is if you go way overboard with your data useage.
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Goronok View Post
      AT&T can track and warn/fine users who abuse standard tethering methods. AT&T doesnt however have the ability to track tethering with this method. (socks proxy) The only way they would do anything regarding this method of tethering, is if you go way overboard with your data useage.
      Wrong. They can tell the difference between the tethered data via this method and other data.
    1. tyfly867's Avatar
      tyfly867 -
      how would ATT know if the data be transmitted is going to a computer if it relays through the iphone first.

      Doesn't Unlimited data mean unlimited data anyways?

      disregard i didnt read the other posts.
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      i finally manage to work
      lol faster than my connection here at the hotel