TetherMe Brings Native Tethering to the iPhone

By , Aug 15, 2010

TetherMe is a new jailbreak application that brings native tethering to the iPhone. According to the app description, it should work for any carrier without the need for customized bundles or preferences.

TetherMe has been tested to work on all iOS versions from 3.0 to 4.0.1 and works by telling the iPhone to allow tethering on any APN that is used for iPhone data. As a result, you should not be charged extra from your phone company as all tethering data appears to come from the phone itself.

TetherMe also bypasses signature checking and allows you to edit your carrier bundle manually if you so desire. This is required to enable MMS functionality on T-Mobile. TetherMe does NOT enable the loading of APN configurations from .mobileconfig profiles at this time.

This app is different from my favorite jailbreak app MyWi, which allows to turn your iPhone into a wifi hotspot. Instead, TetherMe allows for native tethering as Apple intended it to be, using Bluetooth or USB.

There is no icon for this item. After installation and reboot, you’ll be able to turn tethering ON in Settings > General > Network, or install the Tethering Toggle for SBSettings.

Available for $1.99 in Cydia, this might be a good alternative to the more expensive MyWi if you don’t want to share your Internet connection with other devices. If however you want to use your iPhone as a hotspot, then MyWy will still be your best bet.

Please let us know what you think of this application by leaving a comment below.

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  • Chukknob

    Will this allow tethering to iPad?

  • Juan

    Native tethering is useless to me. Doesn’t create a hotspot to connect my iPad to.

    • Eric

      It works for me

  • Lucas

    Great thing for those who their carrier ask money for that… Mywi is best .. I can play xbox live with that !!!

  • Burge

    When I download a hacked copy of mywi it turns on this setting. Then I delete hacked copy of wywi and I’ve still got what this turns on. So why pay ?

  • zaba

    http://cydia.myrepospace.com/MK321024/
    if you want to try it out add this repo… remember if you like it please support the devoloper

  • Danny

    MuscleNerd stated via twitter that the developers of TetherMe will be releasing another app that allows the iPhone to create a similar HotSpot. It’s supposed to be $2 as well. So if you purchase TetherMe, iTether (for connecting to iPad), and the new app (but you probably won’t need iTether once it’s released), it’s still cheaper than purchasing MyWi.

  • Danny

    Edit: Create a WiFi* hotspot

  • http://www.mobitureblog.com Ryan Bates

    Here’s a video demo of it for those who are curious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcdUvS2gkwM

  • Thisdood

    Acctually Your statement:

    “This app is different from my favorite jailbreak app MyWi, which allows to turn your iPhone into a wifi hotspot. Instead, TetherMe allows for native tethering as Apple intended it to be, using Bluetooth or USB.”

    Is not necessarily true, you are implying that MyWi doesn’t allow you to tether… But it does :D

  • Concerned

    This statement is false:
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    TetherMe has been tested to work on all iOS versions from 3.0 to 4.0.1 and works by telling the iPhone to allow tethering on any APN that is used for iPhone data. As a result, you should not be charged extra from your phone company as all tethering data appears to come from the phone itself.
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    You will definitely be charged by AT&T. If you are a US AT&T customer, the app cannot be enabled without first contacting AT&T and changing your data plan to allow tethering. Of course this plan will cost you another $20.00 or so on top of the existing data plan you currently pay for… The description of the app doesn’t tell you that at all. BS

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Sebastien

      No, I believe you are wrong. The whole point of TetherMe is to bypass the AT&T tethering activation. I’ve been tethering my iPhones forever and I never had to pay a dime to AT&T for that, besides the cost of my unlimited data plan.

  • Blapp

    Bought and installed this but it doesnt work :S I still run 3.1 and have that issue where the name of the carrier isnt showing, could that be why?

    • Andre

      @Blapp It might be a similar issue to the one I have. I am running 3.1.2 and it was working fine up until the more recent update.

      If you restart your phone and then run the AppStore does your carrier signal get dropped? Then after closing the app store and opening it again does it work? This happens to me only after a restart and only the first time I load the app store. I have emailed the developer and trying to figure out the problem. Only started since 1.1-6 or 1.1-7 I think.

      @Concerned You are wrong because I am with a carrier who natively supports tethering and charges extra for it however by using this app I was able to use my “on device” data to tether.

  • Ninjafish

    Got this app for my iPhone 3G (US AT&T) and you can’t see the turn tethering on/off opiton, this app is BS for AT&T users

    • Andre

      Clearly you must be doing something wrong because it was made specifically for AT&T users. Have you tried in SB settings?

  • Thomas G

    I’m a little hesitant to try tethering again, because last time I dl’d a similar tethering app from Cydia and it sent my phone into rolling reboots and I had to restore.

    Hopefully it works on ip4 on 4.1! *fingers crossed*

    I’d like to get my hands on their hotspot app when it releases as well. Much better deal than $20 for MyWi.

    Can anyone confirm if this works on 4.1 firmware with an iphone 4?

  • Goose

    Doesn’t work comp won’t even recognize it exists please help what am I doin wrong

  • Andre

    I’m running iOS 4.1 on a 3GS and everything is working fine. I use it on a daily basis. TetherMe is great and the developer continues to stand by his product with updates.

  • Gp

    Can I use this app for “captureing” wifi on iphone and connect with my pc? My desktop pc doesnt have wifi, I wondered if I can use iphone as a wifi device.

  • Andre

    No. This is for sharing your 3G or Edge connection.

  • Rab

    Great blog. I don’t understand why you recommend paying money for this service, however, when I think – emphasis on “I think” – you can download PdaNet to essentially do the same thing (i.e., tethering) for free? Please can you explain. Thanks!

  • http://lastplaceonthe.net Rob

    I’m using the TetherMe app by connecting my MacBook to my iPhone with it enabled. It just works. Sure, it’s not a mobile hotspot but it gets me out of the situations where the missus has nicked my mobile broadband stick. I’d punt the $2 – I might change my mind if my carrier detects what I’ve been doing though since tethered data isn’t included in my data plan!

  • http://Tether.me Roger

    Not sure if I am using right, but I can’t get on line using my laptop. There isn’t anything in my Network to turn on! Need Help!