Tethering the i4

iluvifone

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Hey guys

I'll be getting my i4 this week (canada), and am curious how you guys tether it? Do you simply connect it by usb? bluetooth?

I'm asking because my netbook doesn't have bluetooth, so I thought i'd order one of those cheap USB bluetooth dongle's from ebay to get it on time if thats what i need. Can you please list all my options for tethering with Rogers?

Thanks
 

xraydoc

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Your options are USB and Bluetooth.
Either one should be fine, though USB will likely be a bit faster (BT is pretty slow for data transfer like that).
 

Autopilot638

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Hey guys

I'll be getting my i4 this week (canada), and am curious how you guys tether it? Do you simply connect it by usb? bluetooth?

I'm asking because my netbook doesn't have bluetooth, so I thought i'd order one of those cheap USB bluetooth dongle's from ebay to get it on time if thats what i need. Can you please list all my options for tethering with Rogers?

Thanks
It's very easy to do. I think you can work around bluetooth and connect using the USB cable.

I know my MacBook walks you through the set-up but I *think* the phone should be able to guide you through it as well.

Settings > General > Network > Internet tethering > on/off

I'm with Fido though so YMMV.
 

mlts22

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+1 on USB. BT is going to be usable, but it will be slower than having the phone plugged in via a USB cable.
 

iluvifone

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thanks for the quick responses.. so basically, since i'm connecting via USB, i guess i dont need any special cables or anything.. just the regular usb cable that i sync itunes with??
 

M-5

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+1 on USB. BT is going to be usable, but it will be slower than having the phone plugged in via a USB cable.
If you're going to plug in a Bluetooth dongle into your USB port, might as well just use the USB cord to plug in your phone.
 

iluvifone

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If you're going to plug in a Bluetooth dongle into your USB port, might as well just use the USB cord to plug in your phone.
Well actually, considering a dongle is the size of a quarter (http://www.cltra.com/images/products/201.jpg), vs a full length usb cord, i'd much rather a wireless option. but since u guys are saying it's a lot slower, i may as well just carry the sync cable with me
 

SnowLeopard2008

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Well actually, considering a dongle is the size of a quarter (http://www.cltra.com/images/products/201.jpg), vs a full length usb cord, i'd much rather a wireless option. but since u guys are saying it's a lot slower, i may as well just carry the sync cable with me
It's not that much slower but it is good to carry the cable. You might need to charge for whatever reason and the cable is very handy. :)

BTW, Rogers lets you tether for free? God I'm hating AT&T right now. I have to pay an extra $20 every month and get the 2GB data plan (I'm on the 200MB plan) to tether. Thank God I got HandyLight before Apple pulled it off the App Store.
 

iluvifone

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It's not that much slower but it is good to carry the cable. You might need to charge for whatever reason and the cable is very handy. :)

BTW, Rogers lets you tether for free? God I'm hating AT&T right now. I have to pay an extra $20 every month and get the 2GB data plan (I'm on the 200MB plan) to tether. Thank God I got HandyLight before Apple pulled it off the App Store.
yeah rogers tethering is free. i just read about the HandyLight app, lol what a sneaky 15 year old developer.

thanks to everyone for your input, i guess i'll just carry my usb cable along with me :)
 

pflau

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My experience has been that bluetooth is much easier. I could never get the USB tethering method to work.