iOS 5 Bug? Free Tethering/Personal Hotspot

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hummer, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2006
    Queens, New York NY-5
    I've had iOS 5 Beta installed on my Verizon iPhone since Monday, when it was released.

    I only recently noticed that I now have Bluetooth + USB Tethering and Personal Hotspot enabled on my phone. I do not have these features applied to my account, and when I attempt to turn them on, I am not prompted to contact my carrier. I have tried tethering today to see if the tethering does indeed function and it does.

    Has anyone else seen this? I've asked around and I've only had responses from people with AT&T iPhones saying that nothing has changed in that respect for them.

  2. macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Anyone try this on AT&T? I would love to save the $20 for a few months.
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    Works for me on Verizon too.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    Just tried on my AT&T iPhone 4 running iOS 5. No go. Told me I needed to call.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2010
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    I too am able to do this on verizon
  6. macrumors member


    Mar 5, 2008
    Personal hotspot did not work on my iphone ios5.
    This (and battery life) is the main reason I reverted back to 4.3.3.
    It let me turn the tethering (via personal hotspot) on but no other computer would recognise the new wireless iphone network.
    ios5 bug number 4578754.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2011
    Why doesn't your status bar say Verizon? Is that an option without jailbreak now?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Yes, it's fully active on my Verizon iPhone as well. This tells me that it's strictly a software thing (i.e. no real verizon interaction needed to activate the personal hotspot feature, other than verification that they're stealing $20/mo from you). I would suspect an enterprising hacker should be able to do a diff between this version, and a future version that does require the $20/mo option and see what to fix to enable wifi hotspot through the built-in tool.

  9. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2006
    Queens, New York NY-5
    Mine isn't jailbroken. My Verizon icon keeps disappearing and reappearing. Currently, it is there.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
    iOS 5 is loaded on my iPhone 4 with AT&T - no luck with personal hotspot, its not listed in the settings/network area - its simply not there. Any ideas on hot to activate this menu in the first place? I called AT&T to have them provision my acct for it - it should have activated that way, but it hasn't, any ideas? Thanks
  11. pmz
    macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    Wonder if Verizon plans to one-up AT&T and offer free tethering with iOS 5???, not a chance. They collude with AT&T, they don't compete with them.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    If it's a bug it's very specific. I get prompted trying to set up the personal hotspot in 5. Hmm, notice that all of us on AT&T don't get this for now... sigh.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    That would be unethical and violate the anti-trust act. And we know AT&T has NEVER done such a thing like that right? :D:rolleyes:;)
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    Can anyone confirm that this still works in iOS 5 Beta 2?

    Please let me know.

    Thank You
  15. macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    Tilton, NH.
    I can confirm it still works on Beta 2.
    This is fun, but is there any chance verizon will notice?
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    Montreal, QC
    I found that tethering is now greyed out on my gf's iPhone 4 on Telus (she has 500mb of data) while previously one could use it...
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2009
    They will if everyone keeps talking about it. :eek::rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2003
    On the Space Coast
    This behavior is controlled by the carrier file. During the ios4 beta, some enterprising developers provided a carrier file that left tethering on with out ATT's support even on the final version. The only problem was that in most cases your voice mail stopped working. I'd bet that some Verizon people will notice this at some point soon and it will be back as normal. But it does work for now.

    Personally, I'm turning on tethering with VZ next week anyway, so to insure that they do not have that excuse to take away my unlimited data,al la ATT.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Well there's no way I'm adding the $20/mo tethering feature and keeping it on my account just to avoid losing Unlimited data. I only use the tethering occasionally - certainly not enough to justify $20/mo. So I'm hoping you'll still be able to add/remove the feature without affecting the grand-fathered Unlimited data plan. Otherwise, I guess I guess I'll have to go back to my Jailbreak. Ironically, I don't mind paying for tethering when I use it. But taking away the choice to add/remove the feature when you need it would be a deal-breaker for me.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    What you're describing/asking for is what tetherme already does.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010

    Verizon charges $20 a month for Personal Hotspot?????

    Sweet baby Jesus. Here I am thinking that Canadians always get totally shafted when it comes to this sort of stuff... I get Personal Hotspot included!
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    Can anyone confirm that this still works in iOS update 4 that was released today.

  23. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I'm on AT&T and when I switched the option to "ON" I got this (Check photo).
    As far as I know, I'm not subscribed to the tethering plan. Does this happen to anyone else?

    Attached Files:

  24. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2010
    So where you able to tether.

    Also can anyone confirm this still works on verizon?
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2011
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    It does and has worked for me on vzw iPhone since beta 1. Thanks for 4gb of free tethering!

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