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  • [Giveaway] Want to Tether to Your iPhone's Data Connection for FREE?

    Tethering is probably one of the iPhone's most useful on-the-go features.

    Tethering is a very popular function of the iPhone. It's something that allows you to have an internet connection for your Wi-Fi devices no matter where you go. If you can get a 3G or Edge signal on your iPhone, then you can get Wi-Fi on your computer, or other Wi-Fi device. Unauthorized tethering is frowned upon on cellular service providers, so if you use this, we ask that you use this with care. This is our disclaimer to you: unauthorized tethering is a violation of your cellular service contract and your cellular service provider has the right to pursue you for damages involved with breaking your terms of service. Modmyi is offering you some outlook as to how you can tether for free, but we will not be held accountable if your cellular service provider finds you tethering without paying for it legitimately. Actions taken beyond reading this review are completely of your business and will be treated as such.

    My-Wi is a popular tethering platform for jailbroken iDevices. But since iOS 4, Apple has included a built-in tethering option in the Settings app that allows you to use your iPhone as a wireless modem. Since that option has been released, developer Sam Bingner has been able to circumvent that system so that you can use the native tethering function that is already built into iOS. The application is called TetherMe, and it will not install any applications on your iDevice, it will simply unlock the native tethering that's already built into the capabilities of your iPhone which usually can only be unlocked on your cellular service provider. This means, you get to use the built-in personal hotspot function after you install this jailbreak tweak.

    How does it work?

    It works like this. After you install the tweak from Cydia, you can go into the TetherMe settings in your Settings app and enable the personal hotspot feature:



    After you do that, in the Settings app in the section where you can pick a Wi-Fi network, enter airplane mode, and do those sorts of things, you will see a section called Personal Hotspot. Tapping on that will bring up these settings:



    As you can see, you can enter whatever you want your password to be. That password is a WPA2 encrypted password that acts as any password that you would use on a traditional wireless router. You also see the switch to turn the device's personal hotspot feature on and off. Below that, you see some of your options. You can use your iPhone as a hotspot by connection via USB. This means that your 3G or Edge connection will be hardwired to your computer via a USB connection. A wired connection is faster and more secure than the wireless options. So if security and speed are your taste, then use the wired option. Alternatively, you can use Bluetooth to tether. What this means is that when you turn Bluetooth on, your 3G or Edge connection will be shared with a wireless device via Bluetooth. Bluetooth is slower, but since it's a short-range radio signal, it will offer some security to you because only so many devices will be able to reach the Bluetooth signal. If you want a wireless connection that is a little on the safe side, use Bluetooth. If you want to be able to let a myriad of devices connect to your iPhone, then use the Wi-Fi option. This means that your 3G or Edge connection will be broadcasted as if your iPhone was a wireless router. This function will travel great distances; about the distance of a traditional wireless router. Albeit faster than Bluetooth, this means that more people can pick it up and also means less security. It will also be slower than the wired connection because there is more radio interference to be picked up when you are connecting to a wireless signal. The interference will affect your speed in both the Bluetooth option and the Wi-Fi option.

    As you can see from the first image in this review, connecting to the hotspot will put a blue bar at the top of the lock screen. When you use your iPhone, the Springboard will look like this, showing you how many connections are using your personal hotspot:



    TetherMe is an awesome tweak from Cydia to get if you need to get internet on your laptop from far from home without any Wi-Fi near you. It's also fully compatible with Apple's new iOS 5.

    Name: TetherMe
    Price: $4.99
    Version: 2.2-30
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Sam Bingner
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    I was able to talk to Sam Bingner via email and ask him some questions about himself and also why he made the tweak:

    Anthony: In about a paragraph, introduce yourself to the Modmyi readers!
    Sam: I'm not sure what to say about myself, but I have been programming on and off since 1994. I helped build the dhs.org web interface, and was one of the key programmers in hacking the PhatBox (which is no longer sold). I actually avoided Apple until my sister (the apple-crack dealer) got me hooked by loaning me an iPhone 3G to play with for a couple days...

    Anthony: What was it that made you come up with the idea to make TetherMe?
    Sam: I actually used a competing product on 3.X, but when 4.0 was released they doubled their price for the update and required me to pay again. I did not like that, so I wrote TetherMe as a less expensive alternative.

    Anthony: Are you planning any major updates to TetherMe?
    Sam: There are always a lot of things I am looking into adding, but because it is designed to be as small and possible and use apple functionality, it is often difficult to realize some of updates. It does have a new method to obfuscate tethered traffic to some extent, but iOS does not have the support for what I want. If such support is added to iOS in the future, or I am able to find another way, I would like to provide an option reassemble all packets on the iDevice.

    Anthony: What other things have you previously made for iDevices?
    Sam: I also wrote Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM), MiddleWhat, and a number of supporting programs for SAM.

    Anthony: Are you working on anything special at this point in time?
    Sam: I've been spending quite a bit of time trying to expand the capabilities of SAM and the framework of programs I wrote to support it.

    TetherMe is a very high quality application that unlocks the Apple-native personal hotspot feature of the iPhone. It does obscure your data in a way that can help hide that you are tethering from your cellular service provider; but it's not fool-proof. It's a great application to use if you want to use your own data freely and how you want to. As always, thanks for the excellent application, Sam!

    The Giveaway!

    Sam was gracious enough to give away FIVE copies of TetherMe.

    Here's how to win:

    Follow me @BouchardAnthony
    Follow ModMyi @modmyi
    Retweet this article with your Cydia number in the tweet; if you do not have the Cydia number in your tweet, you will be disqualified from the drawing. Within the tweet you must also mention @BouchardAnthony so that I can easily see who has entered the drawing. If you don't mention me, you will also be disqualified. The tweet must include the following text, "I entered a contest to win TetherMe for free iPhone tethering!"

    Winners will be announced on Monday, November 21. Good luck to all of you!

    Sources: Sam Bingner
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Giveaway] Want to Tether to Your iPhone's Data Connection for FREE? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. ttatta's Avatar
      ttatta -
      Does it work on Tmobile unlimited plan? I have grandfathered $4.99 TM plan on one of my iphones.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ttatta View Post
      Does it work on Tmobile unlimited plan? I have grandfathered $4.99 TM plan on one of my iphones.
      You're wanting to tether edge? Even if it does work I am not sure it would be worth the pain and suffering.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by rayzeur22 View Post
      so...It's not really free if it's $5, is it?
      It's free if you win. Enter the giveaway!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      It's free until Apple slaps you in the face with their tethering package!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      What about people that have the $25 dollar 2 GB plan? Has anyone had that and gotten one of these text messages from At&t? Currently waiting on the JB for my Mom's 8 GB iPhone 4 and she does not need tethering for anything but checking her email and light web surfing, no videos or anything like that, so she would be well within her 2 GB of data each month. And I have always used MyWi and never had any problem. But dont tether much anymore since I have wifi at home and at School.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      What about people that have the $25 dollar 2 GB plan? Has anyone had that and gotten one of these text messages from At&t. Currntly waiting on a JB for my Mom's 8 GB iPhone 4 and she does not tether for anything but checking her email and light web surfing, no videos or anything like that, so she would be well within her 2 GB of data each month. And I have always used MyWi and never had any problem. But dont tether much anymore since I have wifi at home and at School.
      I have the 2GB plan on AT&T. No messages for me yet and I've used TetherMe for close to a year.
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Can you compare "TetherMe" to "pdaNet"? I have pdaNet. Don't know, do i need to use TetherMe?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaLsim View Post
      Can you compare "TetherMe" to "pdaNet"? I have pdaNet. Don't know, do i need to use TetherMe?
      You can use TetherMe instead of pdaNet. TetherMe unlocks the built-in personal hotspot feature, that's why I love it so much.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I have the 2GB plan on AT&T. No messages for me yet and I've used TetherMe for close to a year.
      Ok cool, thanks Anthony. Maybe AT&T just targets those excessive data users anyways. Or has anyone that got these messages gone over like 5 GB on the unlimited data plan?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Ok cool, thanks Anthony. Maybe AT&T just targets those excessive data users anyways. Or has anyone that got these messages gone over like 5 GB on the unlimited data plan?
      I use the tethering on and off and I don't think I've ever used more than 600MB at once (I downloaded a game on 3G on my computer). It's really hard to reach high amounts of data unless you do it intentionally. If you stay within 50% of your data plan's limits they won't even bother you
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Ok cool, thanks Anthony. Maybe AT&T just targets those excessive data users anyways. Or has anyone that got these messages gone over like 5 GB on the unlimited data plan?
      I've read mixed reviews honestly. I've been in touch with quite a few people that have the unlimited data (since I offer the loophole service) and they have reported getting the "throttling" message anywhere from 10-14GB of use (remarkably I haven't heard anyone get the message under 10GB... doesn't mean it doesn't happen). At least one person said he had gotten it tethering on a 2GB plan, but he was also going over the 2GB consistently, so it may be limited to the amount of data used. In any case, if you don't have an unlimited data plan to lose, even if ATT slaps the tethering plan on your account, you will have a prorated plan to pay for at the worst. You can easily just log right in to ATT's website and remove that tethering plan and move yourself back to the 2GB plan you were on before.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I haven't had a problem with TetherMe on my ViPhone and back when I had AT&T...so I've used it for like a year and it's always been great. I definitely would recommend it.
    1. caf360's Avatar
      caf360 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dadoria2 View Post
      Using this app is the quickest way to get busted by AT&T. I was warned by them and had my unlimited plan changed to 4gb with tether while using this app. (I've gotten it back now though through rather clever means) but stay away if you value your unlimited data.
      How did you get your unlimited plan back? I am looking at the same thing. I was told my plan was changing Dec. 3rd
    1. Nasakii's Avatar
      Nasakii -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      I was doing everything right so that they should not have been able to detect my tethering...PDANet with hiding, tethering an iPad, even SSH'ing the iPad to reset its TTL. Despite all of the security, they saw my tethering anyway.
      That's weird. I use pdanet with hiding turned off (can't connect to any lobbies in mw3 with it on). 17 gigs this last cycle (ended 2 days ago) and didn't even get throttled. Maybe because I'm in a very rural area?
    1. dadoria2's Avatar
      dadoria2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by caf360 View Post
      How did you get your unlimited plan back? I am looking at the same thing. I was told my plan was changing Dec. 3rd

      My wife still has unlimited data even though she uses about 500mb a month. So I changed both of our cell numbers and swapped her sim card for mine, then just gave our respective friends and family our new numbers.
    1. ronm69's Avatar
      ronm69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      When I received my first text warning, I was using TetherMe. I switched to PDANet when they announced the hiding feature, and thought all was well, as I received no more warnings. As more and more people, including PDANet users started saying they'd been warned, I decided to lie low and stop tethering for a bit.

      I still had received no warnings, until one day when I had to call 611 for a billing issue. When I called, instead of getting a customer service rep, I was sent right to the tethering task force. They told me that I had been sent more texts and emails and the snail-mailed letter. None of those had found me, but they insisted that they had sent them all. Of course I plead ignorance, and that I knew nothing of tethering. I immediately swore off all tethering for good, as I knew that if they got me again, I'd be on the 4gb tethering plan.

      How did they catch me? I'll probably never know. That's why I can't risk it, even if they're bluffing. Their tactics have been effective with me, even making me go so far as to setup a DD-WRT wifi repeater in my home to make sure I use wifi whenever possible to keep them from throttling me.

      Scare tactics? Maybe. That's why they call 'em scare tactics...they're scary.
      How many GB's are you guys that are getting warnings using in a month? I have hit somewhere around 12 GB before, but I don't do it regularly. It seems to me that if AT&T contacted you with a warning, you could claim streaming video uses a lot data, like HBOGo. I have been with AT&T for a long time and wonder how they are proving you are tethering when there is so much available legally on the iphone that can create a lot of data, after all that is why I got the unlimited plan when I did so I wouldn't have to worry about how much data I am using. Or am I missing something? Would love some more feedback from those that have actually been warned or bumped from an unlimited plan.
    1. dadoria2's Avatar
      dadoria2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronm69 View Post
      How many GB's are you guys that are getting warnings using in a month? I have hit somewhere around 12 GB before, but I don't do it regularly. It seems to me that if AT&T contacted you with a warning, you could claim streaming video uses a lot data, like HBOGo. I have been with AT&T for a long time and wonder how they are proving you are tethering when there is so much available legally on the iphone that can create a lot of data, after all that is why I got the unlimited plan when I did so I wouldn't have to worry about how much data I am using. Or am I missing something? Would love some more feedback from those that have actually been warned or bumped from an unlimited plan.
      I claimed streaming the first time they contacted me, then they said if I'm caught doing it again they'll change my plan. That was back in April while using mywi. I still tethered after that using PDA net on hide level 2 up until September when I wanted to see if tether me works because PDAnet hide level 2 caused some sites to conflict with my iPad (appleinsider). I went back to PDAnet shortly after that because it was faster than tetherme. Then out of no where last month I received a text, and a letter telling me that due to tethering my plan is being changed. called cust serv, and they said I can't do anything to stop the change because it's automatic and done by the computer once tethering is detected after your account has been flagged once before. She said its done this way to prevent sensitive reps from reversing the process. I've used between 3-7 gb / month and some months 8 or 9. She said it has nothing to do with data usage and that something I did triggered the system in September. That's when I installed tetherme. I've been with AT&T for a while as well and always tethered using mywi. I think we started getting caught with mywi because they went from adhoc connections in mywi 4.0 on iOS < 4.3. After apple implemented tethering and mywi started using the tethering apn as well as implementing infrastructure mode they started to see people tethering. A friend of mine is still using mywi 4.0 on iOS 4.1 and hasn't received so much as a warning. He uses it as his home Internet service.
    1. loismustdie555's Avatar
      loismustdie555 -
      Ok, so with all the comments together, would it be safe to use mywi on my Verizon iPhone 4S with grandfathered unlimited data family plan?
    1. mamalekimsn's Avatar
      mamalekimsn -
      I'm Luc... I register me alway's with the name of my dearest deceased woman... That for security reasons... http (s) You know... Sorry 'Modmyi'...
      I accidentally ended up searching for info on this site... I'm not so good in English but Modmyi give to now the best info... I buy yesterday from Cydia the TetherMe... I install it and ... Yes afther much problems... You know how to set up etc... It works... I'm so happy... This give much freedom... Specialy for those that have not much money free.

      Note: Here on this site... that was where I look for... can I change the passwd... yes... So that is be don.

      2: To now I set everything on ON... But it is not clear to me... 3 options under passwd... wifi-bluetoth and USB.

      There is no possibility to choose... I think it goes automaticly... WELL... I connect to my own pc... It is connected with a B-BOX 2 router from carrier Belgacom... Belgium. And YES... As I see her on the site... (personal hotspot: 1 Connetion) ... What now... Is my pc now connected with the 3G from the iPhone? Or is the iPhone connected with the USB recognized from the pc? Bit confusing!

      3: What now... Can I continuous use the 3G without problem that the iphone carrier going to see that I use (steal) his 3G network?

      Before... I paid for 25MB... an rate 3 euro... not so expensive but 25MB? That was not enough to use the map on the route, listen music etc... Therefore... again... this Cydia app from Sauric is great... great-great -great!!!

      4: The differences... So now I use TetherMe... I see other... MyWi, PDANet as the most important... They are more expensive... expensive is not the topic, if they are better... I buy them... The question: are they better than TetherMe?

      My using case: I use maps on the route, Bike etc... I search for info on Internet, plat music and film... not game... IS TETHERME ENOUGH?

      Again... can I use this personal hotspot 24 houre on 24 houre without have problems with the carrier... the provider?

      5: Last Question

      MMS... using mms... I tried it... But they don't wanna sent... Maybe are the photo from iphone to big? Sorry ... I try it with the provider settings... To now I don't use it with the TetherMe settings... Is late now... 04 houre in the morning and tired... That is something for to morrow... I'm curious... Maybe it is free of charges?

      So that's is my contribution...

      Luc
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mamalekimsn View Post
      I'm Luc... I register me alway's with the name of my dearest deceased woman... That for security reasons... http (s) You know... Sorry 'Modmyi'...
      I accidentally ended up searching for info on this site... I'm not so good in English but Modmyi give to now the best info... I buy yesterday from Cydia the TetherMe... I install it and ... Yes afther much problems... You know how to set up etc... It works... I'm so happy... This give much freedom... Specialy for those that have not much money free.

      Note: Here on this site... that was where I look for... can I change the passwd... yes... So that is be don.

      2: To now I set everything on ON... But it is not clear to me... 3 options under passwd... wifi-bluetoth and USB.

      There is no possibility to choose... I think it goes automaticly... WELL... I connect to my own pc... It is connected with a B-BOX 2 router from carrier Belgacom... Belgium. And YES... As I see her on the site... (personal hotspot: 1 Connetion) ... What now... Is my pc now connected with the 3G from the iPhone? Or is the iPhone connected with the USB recognized from the pc? Bit confusing!

      3: What now... Can I continuous use the 3G without problem that the iphone carrier going to see that I use (steal) his 3G network?

      Before... I paid for 25MB... an rate 3 euro... not so expensive but 25MB? That was not enough to use the map on the route, listen music etc... Therefore... again... this Cydia app from Sauric is great... great-great -great!!!

      4: The differences... So now I use TetherMe... I see other... MyWi, PDANet as the most important... They are more expensive... expensive is not the topic, if they are better... I buy them... The question: are they better than TetherMe?

      My using case: I use maps on the route, Bike etc... I search for info on Internet, plat music and film... not game... IS TETHERME ENOUGH?

      Again... can I use this personal hotspot 24 houre on 24 houre without have problems with the carrier... the provider?

      5: Last Question

      MMS... using mms... I tried it... But they don't wanna sent... Maybe are the photo from iphone to big? Sorry ... I try it with the provider settings... To now I don't use it with the TetherMe settings... Is late now... 04 houre in the morning and tired... That is something for to morrow... I'm curious... Maybe it is free of charges?

      So that's is my contribution...

      Luc

      As far as your 3G hotspot and Carrier goes, here in the US they want you to pay for a tethering plan. But I have gotten away with using PDAnet using the "Hide Tether" option after getting numerous txt messages and emails from AT&T threatening me that they were going to switch me from a CAPPED 3GB plan for tethering my iPhone to a 5 GB Tethering plan. Which is complete BS because i was only using 2.5 GB of my 3GB plan. So ya i guess it depends on your carrier.