How to tether your iPhone running OS 3.0 without jailbreaking, for free

Think I will have a look at this a bit later as current attepts to Tether iPhone haven’t been that great. If you have done this let me know how you got on, maybe leave details of the carrier you are with?

Is it simple? Yes. Risky? A bit. Legal? We’ll leave that to the lawyers ’cause we know that you’re aching to give tethering a spin over your newly downloaded iPhone OS 3.0 update. We’ve seen several guides to enable tethering ever since OS 3.0 was first released into beta (and into the wilds) oh so many days ago. However, these were always carrier/country specific and required a bit more command line tampering than the common man could stomach. Now an automated solution has come to our attention that just works, is global, and doesn’t require a jailbreak. Essentially, you use your iPhone to browse to a site that you’ve never heard of (help.benm.at), download a file that promises to reconfigure your local carrier profile, and then switch on tethering as you would had you tithed a monthly tethering fee to your carrier. We’ve confirmed that it works on T-Mobile NL and on O2 UK. There’s obvious risk here so be careful and backup your iPhone first before giving this a shot. And don’t go nuts either — remember, your unlimited data plan likely contains a “fair use” clause and you can bet that carriers won’t be happy to see their bandwidth diminish without compensation. Now brace yourselves and hit the read link for the full procedure… ready, go!

Update: Some are reporting that this procedure could disable MMS and visual voicemail depending on your country and carrier — a fair trade for many.

Update 2: Techradar reports that O2 UK has responded to the tethering hack saying, “we reserve the right to charge customers making modem use of their iPhone or disconnect them.” This assumes O2 can identify such customers. (Via Engadget)

4 thoughts on “How to tether your iPhone running OS 3.0 without jailbreaking, for free

  1. Mac Sokulski

    This is interesting, because my network here in Canada, Rogers, has this enabled on accounts with at least 1Gb of data plan. Mind you, one does have to be careful as to not go over the data limits. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I will report on this shortly.

  2. Mac Sokulski

    Well after updating my Air to all the latest softwares plus the BT firmware upgrade, I have to say that tethering works. I paired my iphone 3g (not hacked or jailbroken) with my Macbook air. In the General Settings on the iphone there is a option for network. In there there is an option to turn tethering on and off. I tried turning it on a few days back, but it said that my provider did not have that option turned on yet. I tried it again today, and it just turned on, with simple instructions on how to do things either via usb or bluetooth. Once the Air and iPhone were paired together, out of the BT menu I chose iPhone and option to “Connect to network”. A little message on the iPhone appeared right under the status bar that the iPhone was tethered, and I was able to browse on my macbook with out any problems. So yes, tethering works as it should, and the setup process (at least on a Mac) is easy.
    Reporting from Canada…. Mac

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