Go completely wireless with your Laptop and iPhone

Posted: March 11, 2010 in Computer, iPhone/iPad
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A feature that people commonly miss when they get an iPhone is tethering, also known as the end of ever having to pay for expensive internet at airports and hotels. Or, how about enjoying the beautiful spring weather by doing some work outdoors?

Tethering is one of those features that just makes sense, yet it only became mainstream when Apple announced that the iPhones were going to support it last summer. It allows you to connect your laptop to the internet via your iPhone, much like the USB dongles you buy from your operator today but without the additional contract and, well, the dongle.

To make it even better, Apple has made the setup surprisingly simple, just activate the feature on your iPhone, then connect via either USB or Bluetooth and you’re ready to go.

Want to try it out? To do it via USB, which gives you a faster connection and lets your computer charge the phone while you’re using it, simply connect your phone to your laptop. Next, go to Settings on your iPhone, press General and then Network. About halfway down you’ll find a button called “Internet Tethering”, press the button and then flick the switch to enable tethering. Voila, you are now browsing via your phone! [read via Maintain.se]

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Comments
  1. Scott Keller says:

    I think tethering requires a jailbreak for AT&T users, and they should be careful about usage. I’ve heard AT&T can whack you for charges because the $29.99 data plan doesn’t include tethering.

    Just use caution! Don’t download 3 gigs of video if you are tethering. Maybe use it as a last resort to check email and do minor tasks when WiFi isn’t available.

  2. Rob says:

    Yeah, unless I missed something, I think this requires you to jailbreak the phone. That is unless a recent update changed that – one i’m unaware of?

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