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Tethering has always been one of the 'most-wanted' features for the iPhone. Though it was felt that AT&T's monopoly over iPhone in the US has prevented it so far, but...
03-19-2009, 11:49 AM #1
How to Enable Tethering in iPhone OS 3.0
Tethering has always been one of the 'most-wanted' features for the iPhone. Though it was felt that AT&T's monopoly over iPhone in the US has prevented it so far, but according to Apple's Scott Forstall, Apple added the feature in the 3.0 OS. Still, it's kept "disabled" in the 3.0 beta versions distributed by them so far as they are yet to co-ordinate it with the mobile carriers.
Unknowingly, Steven Troughton Smith was tweaking the APN in carrier.bundle and suddenly found that he somehow enabled the Tethering preference! From the screenshots provided, it seems that there will be two modes- USB and Bluetooth tethering. As he's not yet clear how he activated, so there are no details from him on how to do that right now (unless he or someone else works it out).
Originally Posted by stroughtonsmith
Step 1: Check if you own a 3G iPhone. If you're on EDGE (as I am): sorry. Tethering does not seem to work with EDGE phones.
Step 2: Check to see if AT&T is your carrier. If it is: sorry. AT&T will not let you tether.
Step 3: Navigate to ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Carrier Support. Notice the spaces in that last folder name! If you're at the command line, use backslashes to escape the spaces, i.e. cd ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Carrier Support. You will find a file with an ipcc extension. Copy that file: e.g. cp foo.ipcc foo.ipcc.original. This creates a backup for when you mess up.
Step 4: rename the ipcc extension to zip. For me that was ATT_US.ipcc renamed to ATT_US.zip. (Did I mention how I'm on a 1st Gen iPhone with AT&T?). Unzip it. This creates a new folder called Payload.
Step 5: Navigate into Payload and then into the folder under that. Mine was called ATT_US.bundle. Yours will differ. Inside that folder you will find three files that you will edit: Info.plist, version.plist, and carrier.plist. Open all three in the Property List Editor that comes with the dev tools on a Mac.
Step 6: In Info.plist, change the CFBundleVersion to 5.0. Save.
Step 7: In the version.plist, change the CFBundleVersion to 5.0. Save.
Step 8: In carrier.plist do the following and then save:
(a) Add a new dictionary to the apns array:
apn = internet
password = password
username = iphone
(b) In the wap dictionary (mine is wap.cingular, sts's was wap.dol.ie), add a new pair. Do not edit the password or username:
type-mask = (NUMBER) -2
(c) Add a new pair at the top level dictionary of the carrier.plist file. (We're not sure this is strictly speaking necessary but go ahead and do it.):
AllowEDGEEditing = (BOOLEAN) YES
Step 9: Zip up the Payload folder in which you just made your edits. Rename it to the same name as the original ipcc file. (For me that was ATT_US.ipcc).
Step 10: Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
Step 11: In the Summary tab, option-click "Check for Update". Navigate to your ipcc file, select it. It takes no more than a second or two to update.
Step 12: Reboot your iPhone.
Step 13: In prefs (on the phone) navigate to Settings > General > Network.
Step 14: Let me know how this worked for you.
HOW TO FIND A CARRIER IPCC FILE:
curl -s -L http://phobos.apple.com/version | grep -i carrier
already edited file for AT&T http://thejakemarsh.com/ATT_US.ipcc.zip
[Steven Troughton Smith Twitter and GistHub]
UPDATE: For T-Mobile Germany instructions, check FutureTap blog.
Last edited by sayam; 03-20-2009 at 10:10 AM.
03-19-2009, 11:54 AM #2
Should of been there from day one!!HONDA PARTS SPECIALIST!!!
03-19-2009, 11:56 AM #3
thats a LOT of steps compared to pdanet!
03-19-2009, 11:56 AM #4
Wow great AT&T won't let us tether. That's swell. Watch them leave this and MMS out of the final version lol.
Anyway, great news to anyone on something other than AT&T
And a great find by you for doing this...even by accident
03-19-2009, 11:59 AM #5
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AT&T will allow tethering or apple may look elsewhere lol
and iphone os 3.0 should be available june/july to coincide with the release of the suposed new iphone
03-19-2009, 12:04 PM #6
03-19-2009, 01:16 PM #7
as long as we still got our phones pwnd we will not stop tehering! .. and i think the only why at&t will let ipone tether, would be if apple gave at&t the reach around the same while tethering testing..lmao!.. dirt bags!
03-19-2009, 01:18 PM #8
What, you're telling me he did all this by accident?!
He must be one hell of a lucky guy, then.Quitting wastes efforts.
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03-19-2009, 01:40 PM #9
Last edited by Chin; 03-19-2009 at 02:02 PM.
03-19-2009, 01:52 PM #10
Can someone please tell me what tethering is? Like in simple words, Im not computer savvy at all, so just like simply what it does.
03-19-2009, 01:57 PM #11
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Someone delete that post with the links to the Beta download...ILLEGAL
03-19-2009, 01:59 PM #12
03-19-2009, 02:00 PM #13
how was he able to get into the 3.0 file system without the jailbreak?
03-19-2009, 02:01 PM #14
Can you help me do the same with Vodafone_pt.ipcc?
Apreciate your help.
03-19-2009, 02:02 PM #15
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03-19-2009, 02:29 PM #18
Apple Developer Connection
They provide a lot of resources for people who want to develop. You can ge the SDKs for free when they are released, but can't sell on AppStore, or you can Pay the $99+ dollars to register, and release on AppStore, and have access to the betas.
03-19-2009, 02:32 PM #19
Wow! Looks like we're gonna have a lot of nice stuff on 3.0
03-19-2009, 02:44 PM #20