New hack claims to enable free hotspot tethering, no jailbreak required

By , Jul 8, 2013

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The iTweakiOS team has been pretty busy over the past few months. Not only have they released hacked carrier bundles for all four of the top wireless carriers in the US to improve network performance, but they’ve also managed to add HD voice and other features as well.

And this weekend they introduced a new project that, they claim, will enable free hotspot tethering on your iOS device—no jailbreak required. In fact, all you need is a GSM iPhone or iPad running on iOS 6 (or 7), a desktop computer, and the ability to follow a few simple steps…

Joe from iTweakiOS explains the hack:

“So you want free hotspot on your iPhone or iPad but don’t have a jailbroken device, huh? Well, I come with good news for a lot of you today. Many of you may remember a story I put out awhile back talking about how CommCenter blocks edited carrier.plist files and I may have found a work aroun to get things like personal hotspot enabled. Well, I’ve found the solution, but first, let’s talk about why CommCenter blocks plist editing. This happens because of the very thing we’re doing right now, which i suspect will likely be patched quickly by iOS 7 GM release time.

People were enabling tethering by modifying the original carrier.plist files and this stopped entirely when Apple implemented signatures into the carrier.plist files and creating what we all know as CommCenter which is the process that checks these signatures. So, the challenge was finding a way to enable hotspot without CommCenter checks and verifications. After months of research and digging, I’ve finally found a genuine workaround to enable this great feature and its quite simple, really.”

As usual, the workaround explained above comes with a significant asterisk. Things can get a bit sticky when you start editing .plist files, so we recommend that you backup your device before attempting this. Also note that the exploit used for the mod will likely be fixed soon.

Those wanting to try out the hack can find step-by-step directions by clicking here. The author of the tutorial claims that the method has only been confirmed to work on T-Mobile, and he recommends that you have an unlimited data plan, as gigabytes can add up rather quickly.

Admittedly, we haven’t tried this out ourselves yet. But given the fact that readers have generally seen success with the hacked carrier bundles previously released by this group, we have no reason to believe that the outcome with this mod would be any different.

Let us know if it works for you in the comments below!

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  • Hisham

    Cool, Im immeresed with this utility…

  • Baruch Rappoport

    tried it. didn’t work. iPhone 4 6.1.3 T-Mobile. I kinda had my hopes up there for a second… (sigh). Oh well, I was planing on jailbreaking it at some point.

  • David Gitman

    How do I know if its working?

    • Nate McKelvie

      Do you have a wifi hotspot running? If so it worked

  • Kenny Woodard

    If anyone has tried this on AT&T, please let me know how it works! And wouldn’t these companies know you are tethering? And threaten to give you the tethering plan if caught.

    • Taylor Harris

      I haven’t quite figured it out yet but I’m hopefully making progress. I’ve started requesting help in the comments section of the page on that the article is on. You can follow along there if you like. I have a work and a personal iPhone 5 on AT&T. My personal is already tethering through a legitimate tethering plan but I’m trying to get the tethering going on the work one. I’m hopefully able to use the settings from the tethered one to get the work one up and going. AT&T wouldn’t likely catch you for modifying things at the APN level. If it’s authenticated through APN settings, then AT&T doesn’t detect any flags. It’s when multiple addresses are accessing data through the same device that AT&T is alerted. This is masked through the APN proxy when you’re tethered legitimately or through an APN hack like this. Perhaps Cody should have tested this out first and provided instructions for each carrier before getting his readers all excited… 😉

      • Hervey Prepetit

        I will like to try it I have AT&T phone does anybody know what to do I tried it on my iPhone five it’s not working if you have a link please e-mail it to me

      • Hervey Prepetit

        Can you help me do it I have iPhone 5 running IOS seven on there I have a limited beta also I will like to use it if you can help me send me a link to my e-mail

      • Taylor Harris

        IT hasn’t been done yet for AT&T, if you’d visit the actual page with the instructions and follow along with the comments like everyone else. There is no “link” I could send you to make this work. It’s not that simple…

    • Dave

      They won’t threaten you, they’ll simple send you one warning txt message. If you’ve received the warning once before, AT&T simply adds the tethering option to your plan automatically (~$30.00 extra). So be careful. Especially if you’re like me, and still on unlimited. The change will be considered as a “change (or breach) of your contract”.

  • Jack Wong

    Do people know that AT&T can catch it and take away the unlimited data plan also add the tethering service charge?

    Seriously, this is not even a news.

    • Alex

      Seriously, this is news. A way of enabling it without jailbreaking is news. Seeing as how this isn’t some app that Apple will just remove from the App Store, it won’t be fixed without a Firmware Update.

      That’s what makes this news. Stop being a Debbie Downer.

      • Jack Wong

        What is the point to get tethering without jailbreak but you will still get a bill for 20bucks?

        At&t caught me twice back to 3GS, 1 is jailbreak, and the other one is from appstore(official app store).

        I don’t know who is Debbie Downer, I just know the fact.

      • Alex

        This doesn’t happen to everyone and you are caught based on your usage. I used it with an app that enabled it that consequently removed from the App Store and it didn’t affect my bill.

      • Jack Wong

        So what is wrong with my post?

        It is a warning, if you don’t like my wording, just ignore it please.

        at&t caught me twice, and you didn’t get catch at all, I believe that too.

      • therealjjohnson

        The thing that is wrong with your post is that it says its not even news. Most believe it is news. Enabling a hotspot without going through the carrier and not jailbreaking. Its news. What you do with it afterwards is up to you.

      • Jack Wong

        Ok, that is a big news then.

        I did that twice through appstore without jailbreak, so it is not a news to me at all.

        Have fun guys, please forget all my posts and enjoy this NEW tethering.

      • modernuser

        lol. this dumb-ass probably works for at&t and trying to scare away people trying to get by financially in this corporate corrupt society

      • Jack Wong

        Please learn how to respect yourself, yes, yourself.

        If you can only get online during the weekend, feel free to do some google about this.

  • moon Luna

    As the owner of an android phone (previously an iPhone) its sad to see how iOS users need a hack to do this. For android tethering apps are a dime a dozen. I’m glad the only iOS device I still have is an iPad so I no longer have to worry but jumping through many hoops to tether on iPhone.

    • Nate McKelvie

      I normally do not comment but I decided to today. I personally love android AND ios, I have a s4 and an i5, but I don’t get why people come on an iOS blog then comment about how android is so much better. Parts of android are better, parts of iOS are better, that’s why I have both, but why would you come to an iOS blog just to comment that android is better? Are you being paid by Samsung to diss iphone?

      • moon Luna

        Samsung’s are shit, I phones are shit.

      • Jack Wong

        I don’t have Android but I do like it but not Samsung…

        I am sticking with iOS because I have many useful apps and games there, they are all legit, 1 account is good up to 5 devices, why not?

    • Jack Wong

      iOS doesn’t need to hack to do tethering.

      Because of the greedy carriers in US, it has been FREE in Hong Kong for a long time.

      Same thing as a Android user, you also have to pay to do tethering in US.

      I can’t speak for any other counties other than these 2.

    • sudopeople

      It has nothing to do with the OS, it’s 100% carrier. People root Android devices to get shit they can’t do all the time. Keep trying to justify your Android purchase and lurking in iPhone forums.

  • Milad Khahil

    Tried it on my Tmobile
    iphone 5 and is working very good no issues , as long as you follow the instruction …

    • Ronny Moz

      How ?

  • Michael Hulet

    Does this change the APNs so it looks like it’s all coming from your phone?

    • Joe

      Correct. :)

      • Michael Hulet

        One more question.. Can’t you just restore the backup inside iBackupBot? Or to you HAVE to use iTunes?

      • Joe

        Either is fine. :)

      • Michael Hulet

        Great! Thanks! This is the main thing I’ve missed since updating to iOS 7! You’re awesome!

  • Hervey Prepetit

    Can someone please do a video how to do it on the iPhone five with AT&T

    • Taylor Harris

      It has NOT been done yet on AT&T… If you’d read the message you just replied to you’d see that there’s not a solution yet.

  • Ben Barros

    did not work on my iphone 5

  • Pat Ward

    Will this work on any other carriers? I am overseas in Australia, I also have version 6.1.3