Monday, July 19, 2010

iPhone Tethering Review

Along with iOS4 and the new ATT data plans they now also support tethering. I setup my wife’s personal iPhone 3GS for tethering, and it worked fine on her work laptop with Windows XP over the USB cable (she could work from the passenger seat while we were driving freeways). You just need to have iTunes installed on the XP machine, even if that isn’t the machine that sync’s the iPhone.

I also got Netflix to switch on tethering on my company iPhone 3GS, and I’m using it via bluetooth to my MacBook Air, easy setup and it also worked well for me.

The downside is that you lose the unlimited data plan, but for a few dollars a month, it can be very useful.


  1. So you need to give up your unlimited data plan, if you want to activate tethering?

    AT&T is very clever. Without the unlimited data plan, the data plan bill must get pretty big, if you do any form of web surfing using the tethering connection. Bummer.

  2. Yep. I fought that battle in my head for a while. Tracking my unlimited data plan usage for the last six months, I saw that I only use about 400-600MB a month. There is the jailbreak option, but I have been there and seems like a rather unclean path to take. The cydia and other application providers setup is a lot like a warez network, which I would definitely avoid. So I decided to get the Data Pro plan with tethering for $45 a month. Not too bad, I get my work done with it. This is the first week... I'll see how it goes with bandwidth utilization. Worst case scenario, I'll end up paying 10$ more for 1Gb.


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