iPhone Free Tethering on Sprint/Verizon

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Jimmy Guphanti, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Jimmy Guphanti macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    I have been working for several weeks to try and figure out a way to tether on my Sprint iPhone 5S without a plan using this method -

    http://www.itweakios.com/apps/blog/...t-tethering-on-ios-6-7-no-jailbreak-required-

    I tried every which way, no matter what, it appears that this is impossible on a CDMA network, at least in the case of Sprint and Verizon.

    However, I found another way. Basically what you need is a a jailbroken iPhone (preferably a 5) on iOS 6 with TetherMe installed. Once you have TetherMe installed, back it up in iTunes, then restore the backup on a new device, and tethering will be free and enabled. This is really only for people who have Unlimited Data and no tethering.

    Since not many people probably have a 5 on iOS 6 jail broken with TetherMe,
    In order to make this work for the masses, someone with an iPhone 5 jail broken on iOS 6 with TetherMe needs to make a backup, and provide it to the community so everyone can restore to it and have tethering. OBVIOUSLY, if someone is willing to do this they should erase all of their data and personal info, logins, etc. before hand. So basically you would have to use something like iLex Rat to remove the jailbreak, then do "Erase all Content and Settings" then jailbreak, install TetherMe, change the device name to something random, backup, and upload the backup online so others can use it.

    Nobody is probably going to do that, but if they did, everyone on Sprint with an iOS 7 iPhone and Unlimited Data, or on Verizon on iOS 7 with Unlimited Data/No tethering could have free tethering enabled without a jailbreak.
     
  2. darricksailo macrumors 601

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  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I've got an iPhone 5 on iOS 6.1.2, jailbroken AND I have TetherMe installed. But, no. I am not offering my backup. Sorry.

    That said, come on, Sprint has a 2GB tethering option for $20 a month. $50 for 6GB and $10 for 1GB.

    I have the 2GB option and am paying the $20 a month. I installed TetherMe because if Sprint looks at it, well I'm legit.
     
  5. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    does anything happen when you tether over 2GB?
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No idea. We just got LTE in August and before that 3G was unuseable. I haven't had a cause to tether yet, especially when LTE is spotty at the moment. But in the tethering I have done, TetherMe reports no data sent or received. I guess that is a good sign.
     
  7. flat five macrumors 601

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    sprint also has the $110 all-in plan which is unlimited talk/text/data and includes tethering.. problem is, tethering is limited to 5GB/month so it's not exactly 'all-in'.. ($15/GB upon going over).. i need about 10GB/month :/

    i currently have sprint, tetherme, and iOS6.. seemingly a prime candidate to try this restore workaround for ios7.. still hesitant though- need more info prior to losing my jailbreak ;)
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yeah…the problem with the All-In plans are that they aren't family plans. I'd need to get two plans, one for me and one for my wife.

    There's the Unlimited My Way plans too, which are family plans. But the problem with those plans are that they are more expensive as you add lines. Sure the price reduces, but you get no break on the data charge.

    I'm on the old Everything Data 1500 family plan. Two lines, with a free Airave for a total of three lines. The 2 or 6GB option was offered before the new plans but Sprint doesn't seem to advertise them. I do know that you cannot get the old ED plans now, nor can you go back. Sprint isn't forcing anyone off them yet though.

    If I went with the Unlimited My Way plan I'd end up spending $20 more a month than I do now. So, we won't be moving any time soon.

    The "guarantee" is a crock. Sure, Sprint locks you in for unlimited if you choose the new plan and you keep it as long as you're on the plan. But, all of the Everything Data plans were marketed as unlimited so I HAVE unlimited anyway.
     
  9. trainwrecka macrumors 6502

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    It's free for you, but when you steal something for "free", that just means others are paying for it.
     
  10. Jimmy Guphanti thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, it means others did not perform the necessary measure on their mobile device to also be able to tether for free. Everyone could do it if they wanted too, granted, a jailbreak needs to come out first.

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1593868
     
  11. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    I think he ment that you are not paying for a service, that means the cost for all users go up because someone has to pay for it, no such thing as a free lunch...
     
  12. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    What's the difference? I could use 2Gb on my phone or illegally tether to my laptop
    And use 2Gb. How will that up the cost for everyone else?

    Now, letting others tether from me when I am unlikely to use the data, isn't free lunch.
     
  13. trainwrecka macrumors 6502

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    The difference is they know most people won't use the full 2GB on a phone, but will very easily on a laptop. That is factored into the pricing they give people.
     
  14. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    Yea, right. I use much more than 2Gb on my iphone now that sprint got LTE.
     
  15. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    And tethering you will even use more.

    It's simple you enter a contract not to tether, if you do you break the contract terms. Up to you if you do so, but then also up to the carrier to charge you extra or terminate the contract.
     
  16. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    You're butane a dead horse man

    I cannot use more then there allotment so... I'm not talking unlimited data I'm talking about limited

    On Sprint it is one thing because sprint is unlimited but on the other stuff is not unlimited I should be able to tether
     
  17. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    Yes, we would all like to have this and that. But ultimately, they're a company and a company's goal is to make money
     
  18. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    And ultimately, we will tether for free until they make us stop.
     
  19. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    So ultimately that means theft.
     
  20. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    Theft must be proven. Good luck proving that tethering equals theft on an Internet forum.

    Edit: Wasn't Verizon made to let customers tether their data?
     
  21. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a

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    I had a backup that had Tethering enabled, did a restore to my 4S and the HotSpot feature thing was enabled, was gonna about to connect my laptop to the hotspot and then I got a "iPhone is activated" pop up message and the hotspot turned off, Then I get a message saying 2 contact my carrier when I try to enable it.
     
  22. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Sprint has the ability to detect tethering data now.

    They didn't two years or so ago, so the 5GB hotspot plan back then was technically "unlimited" because they couldn't detect if you went over. Then Sprint announced they would start enforcing the limit because they gained that ability.

    So, you're right. Can't be proven on an internet forum. But if you are tethering on Sprint, they CAN prove it there, which I think, is actually where it matters.

    Part of the reason I've combined TetherMe with a legitimate 2GB tethering option.
     
  23. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    Not only that, even if you happen to allow tethering and change your tethering APN to your data APN, there's still the user agent that will give it away
     
  24. Sparky9292 macrumors 6502a

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    I've emailed the developer of PDANet, and he said that no one really knows how the carriers are detecting it. It's pretty low level, and they do deep packet inspection to prevent the false positives. He says it's not the APN, nor the agent string, and I think he's correct.

    On my jailbroken phone, i have a hack that allows me to set the user-agent to whatever browser I want so that sites don't immediately show me a mobile version of the site. I've done it a bazillion times in the last two years, and never got a letter -- So I don't think the user agent has anything to do with it.
     
  25. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    Well stating that you are willingly breaking a contract you entered in is prety much enough evidence. It's all about ethics on a forum grant you that, but in real life receiving a letter telling you to stop tethering or pay more/terminate contract is less comfortable i guess.

    Good luck!
     

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