iPhone 5 LTE tether without jailbreak?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NovemberWhiskey, Sep 12, 2012.

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    NovemberWhiskey

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    Hi.

    It's been a while since I've had an iphone, and I was wondering if there are any free apps in the market that will allow you to tether Verizon LTE without restriction/pay. I read the FCC banned Verizon from blocking tethering apps.

    I don't want to jailbreak as I've always had problems following jailbreak.

    I'm thinking of switching back to the iphone from Android, and this is the only thing holding me back. Free tethering on Android has always worked flawlessly for me, so I would like to have a reliable tether.
     
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    jav6454

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    There are several tethering apps for the iPhone. However, the problem is getting the jailbreak.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    You can tether over 4G on Verizon's new share plans without additional fees. It's included.
     
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    JasonR

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    That won't work with unlimited data plans, unfortunately.
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    I am sure that the jailbreak for it will be out very soon
     
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    OP didn't mention unlimited, just offering a solution. I'm on unlimited as well. :)
     
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    NovemberWhiskey

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    I don't want to jailbreak, and I am on an unlimited plan.

    I thought that there would be some legal apps in the market after the FCCs ruling. Or did I misinterpret that or does Apple block those apps.
     
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    What do you want to tether to?
     
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    NovemberWhiskey

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    ?

    I want to be able to broadcast my own wireless signal from my phone so I can connect my laptop/tablet and use LTE on the go.

    I found it invaluable on a recent roadtrip I took, and it's always nice to have at airports without wifi.

    I just re-read the settlement between Verizon and the FCC, and it appears that there is no restriction on Verizons part for free third party apps. The only question is whether Apple will approve these for use on the app store.
     
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    JasonR

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    Ah, you're right. I'm hoping for some sort of solution as I would really love LTE speeds on my Macbook Air. :D
     
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    mikeydeezy

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    Unfortunately Apple blocks the apps themselves.

    Surely on the carriers behalf. :rolleyes:
     
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    NovemberWhiskey

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    :rolleyes: Cmon Apple...
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    the FCC ruling only applies to phones on tiered data plans. unlimited plans are not included under net neutrality and thus verizon can still charge you for tethering.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57484000-38/verizon-to-pay-$1.25m-fcc-fine-forced-to-allow-tethering-apps/
     
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    JoshGlzBrk

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    You will have to wait and jailbreak your phone and use tetherme or some other tethering app. Preferably one that uses the phone's data apn rather than the tethering one.
     
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    There's no other solutions? Jail breaking just seems like a big nightmare.
     
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    thadoggfather

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    If you grabbed those apps with tether Easter eggs before they got pulled from App Store sync it from iTunes. Like disco recorder. But doesn't work on anything but pc and Mac for tethering (not possible with other devices)
     
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    Some time ago there were apps that somehow made it through Apple's approval process that were specifically tethering apps. They still work on the iPhone 5 as far as I'm aware, but if you didn't download them at the time, there's no way to get them now.

    So the answer is that there is no way to do it for new users.
     
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    Stupid question, since I am in the same boat. Is there a way to change the tethering APN with iPhone Configuration Utility? I peeked at it just now but did't have the option. Maybe, just maybe changing the APN would give us a tethering loophole?
     
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    I hate Verizon's Nazi tethering plans. If I have unlimited data then I should be able to transfer that data to any of my devices at no additional cost.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    That's what the new plans are for. Using data on as many devices as you want. Verizon includes tethering in the new plans.
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    Some plans in the U.S. don't allow tethering? In Australia all plans allow tethering. We just don't do unlimited data here.
     
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    alphaod

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    Yeah the unlimited plans don't allow tethering.
     
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    I just wish we had unlimited data plans in Australia.
     
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    alphaod

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    Well we no longer sign up for unlimited data plans either and some carriers throttle after a certain point. Right now AT&T throttles after 5GB.
     
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    We never had unlimited data plans to start off with. Throttling? No carriers in Australia do that. Throttling should only occur with fixed broadband connections.
     

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