Using iPhone to connect MacBook to internet

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by John876, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. John876 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    Particularly now that the 3G has come out it seems worthwhile to use an iPhone to connect another device to the internet (namely my macbook). Is this possible? Can i share the internet connection over bluetooth or something? Do I need to install some app?

  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    No. Not possible.

    Search is your friend in these forums. :)
  3. John876 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    Not even with some incredibly hacky method?
  4. NiroshanMan macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    Search before you start a thread
    This is called tethering and AT&T does not support/allow this for the iPhone. You can do it with the 1st Gen iPhone through jailbreaking, but iPhone 3G isn't exactly jailbroken yet so you'll have to wait. Tether may not even happen even with Jailbreaking. All i can say is to wait.
  5. Chronimac macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2008
    The 3g iPhone will be jail broken.
    And someone will build an app that allows tethering.
    But using such an app is a violation of your at&t contract, and if they catch on, they are perfectly happy with canceling your unlimited data plan and charing you by the KB. so be careful.
  6. bronksy macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2006
    forget about AT&T.. what about O2

    So can O2 people connect. even with USB to their macs and use the phone as a modem?

    The O2 rep on the phone to me today said it could be done.. it was the small business part.

    Were they talking crap?
  7. zed2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2004
    well if you can... I don't know how to do it... and I would love to..

    No I think he was not talking out of his mouth!

  8. RealaT macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    Yep, complete crap. iPhone does not support tethering.
  9. spriter macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2004
    Tethering would boost sales even more and would convince me to upgrade. But I don't see it being officially supported, as much as I'd like it to be.

    I agree, there'll be a hack sooner or later. And there'll also be people caught and kicked sooner or later.
  10. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    afaik, I don't think official support for tethering is on the 3G phone either. Maybe someone will hack it in later? Or maybe not if they included a "counter" to that in the new device.

    Can you tether the original through WiFi?

    I know Windows Mobile devices can tether via WiFi with an app that makes the phone a "mobile hotspot" and you can even put WEP, WPA on it, etc. or just leave it open for the public. But Windows has this thing called "Internet Connection Sharing" built into the OS. The funny thing about this is that you don't even need a tethering plan because it just uses the data plan. heh

    As far as tethering boosting would mostly be for the business people...which would take a while before businesses adopt iPhones at the rate of other phones. For now, iPhones are still considered "toys" in that respect.
  11. mkoesel macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2005
    MacOSX also has internet sharing - I've used it before on my Macbook to download TiVO guide data. Very similar to ICS on Windows.

    But here again, for an iPhone, you'd need to jailbreak it first.

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