Want to Enable Tethering with iOS4? First Give Up Unlimited Plan

One of the new features introduced with iOS4 is the ability to tether another device using a USB or Bluetooth connection so that the device can use the iPhone’s internet connection to access the internet. In other words, the iPhone becomes your latop’s modem. This is a great feature, however based on forum postings and a call to AT&T this morning it’s going to cost you giving up your existing Unlimited Data plan your iPhone 3Gs/3G currently enjoys.

It seems that no matter what AT&T is trying to do everything possible to get you off the unlimited data plan…this does not bode well for PR.

Anyways if you are willing to give up your data plan or your purchased an new  iPhone 4, here are the steps to enable tethering in iOS4.

If you are looking to become familiar with iOS4 and it’s new features, visit our iOS4 page.

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Note: I used an iPhone 3GS running iOS4 and I did not go all the way until the iPhone 4 arrives.

Enable Tethering iOS4

1. Tap on Settings in the Home Screen.


Enable Tethering iOS4

2. Tap on Network in the General Page.

Enable Tethering iOS4

3. Tap on the Set Up Internet Tethering button in the Network page.

Enable Tethering iOS4

You will be provided with three options:

  1. You can call AT&T to enble the feature
  2. Enable the feature online by logging in to the AT&T website.
  3. Cancel

If you enable tethering and you currently have an Unlimited plan, you will have to switch to one of the two data plans offered and pay an additional $20 to use tethering on the iPhone.

I will not be giving up the Unlimited Plan on my iPhone 3GS, so when I receive the iPhone 4 I will update this article with the remaining steps.

If you are looking to become familiar with iOS4 and it’s new features, visit our iOS4 page.

  • DH,

    Thanks for posting…I too get frustrated at times with Apple, but at the end of the day I think it’s a great product and I have quite a bit of money invested in the Apps/platform so moving for me would be impractical, specially since I am very accustomed to the interface and how the apps I use work. As for AT&T’s crappy policies as of late, well that’s something that I think we are going to see industry wide…there’s simply no way that carriers can handle all of the traffic on their networks, the unlimited data plans will soon be a pipe dream. By the way, the phone that allows hotspot creation is the EVO4G and it’s on Sprint. If you’re looking for other iPhone alternatives, check out this graphic I created comparing popular smartphones.

    http://www.gilsmethod.com/infographic-8-iphone-4-alternatives

  • DH,

    Thanks for posting…I too get frustrated at times with Apple, but at the end of the day I think it’s a great product and I have quite a bit of money invested in the Apps/platform so moving for me would be impractical, specially since I am very accustomed to the interface and how the apps I use work. As for AT&T’s crappy policies as of late, well that’s something that I think we are going to see industry wide…there’s simply no way that carriers can handle all of the traffic on their networks, the unlimited data plans will soon be a pipe dream. By the way, the phone that allows hotspot creation is the EVO4G and it’s on Sprint. If you’re looking for other iPhone alternatives, check out this graphic I created comparing popular smartphones.

    http://www.gilsmethod.com/infographic-8-iphone-4-alternatives

  • DH,

    Thanks for posting…I too get frustrated at times with Apple, but at the end of the day I think it’s a great product and I have quite a bit of money invested in the Apps/platform so moving for me would be impractical, specially since I am very accustomed to the interface and how the apps I use work. As for AT&T’s crappy policies as of late, well that’s something that I think we are going to see industry wide…there’s simply no way that carriers can handle all of the traffic on their networks, the unlimited data plans will soon be a pipe dream. By the way, the phone that allows hotspot creation is the EVO4G and it’s on Sprint. If you’re looking for other iPhone alternatives, check out this graphic I created comparing popular smartphones.

    http://www.gilsmethod.com/infographic-8-iphone-4-alternatives

  • DH

    Dang. I have been thinking of jumping the iPhone ship lately, and starting up with a Droid. Their app base has moved along significantly, to a point where I can do all that I care to on that platform. The first thing that made me think of moving was being tired of the lack of a physical keyboard. It’s slick and aesthetically pleasing, but practically frustrating. That fact alone has been making me think about switching. The contempt that both ATT and Apple show towards their customers is nearly too much. Do they really think they know better than us? Locking parts of the device for too long, and locking down service options both make my blood boil. The next droid phone is supposed to be able to create a wifi hotspot. Tethering be damned. It’s getting close to time for me to take my toys walk away. Time to check and see if they’re also planning to gouge their customers and make a choice.

    • DH,

      Thanks for posting…I too get frustrated at times with Apple, but at the end of the day I think it’s a great product and I have quite a bit of money invested in the Apps/platform so moving for me would be impractical, specially since I am very accustomed to the interface and how the apps I use work. As for AT&T’s crappy policies as of late, well that’s something that I think we are going to see industry wide…there’s simply no way that carriers can handle all of the traffic on their networks, the unlimited data plans will soon be a pipe dream. By the way, the phone that allows hotspot creation is the EVO4G and it’s on Sprint. If you’re looking for other iPhone alternatives, check out this graphic I created comparing popular smartphones.

      http://www.gilsmethod.com/infographic-8-iphone-4-alternatives

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