Who doesn’t like their iPhone? I’m on my 4th iPhone and eagerly anticipating iPhone 5 (or, ‘The New iPhone’) later this year. The biggest disappointment I’ve had with the iPhone has nothing to do with Apple or the phone.
The biggest disappointment comes from AT&T.
As with many iPhone users, I signed up for their Unlimited Plan. My bad. Unlimited just doesn’t mean what it used to mean. These days unlimited means a measly 3-gigabytes.
Then along came tethering for the iPhone, whereby your iPhone becomes the wireless connection for your Mac (or any other WiFi device). As expected, because it’s the AT&tT Way™, that costs even more.
Is there a reason that AT&T can’t put tethering bandwidth usage onto a regular account? No. But this way AT&T makes more money, while pissing off their customers only a little more.
Along comes a little app company called Tether. You can see where this is going, right? First, they make an App Store app that allows tethering between iPhone and Mac, and bypasses AT&T’s extra charges.
Mere hours later, someone at AT&T awakened, and woke someone up at the App Store, and Tether’s iTether app was gone.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The necessity and the will is a way to tether to the iPhone without paying anything extra to AT&T.
The answer is… Tether. Again.
This time, Tether is an HTML5 method to tether devices to the iPhone. It creates an AdHoc network which bypasses AT&T’s (or any other carrier) extra costs or Apple’s hot spot capability.
The way it works is simple enough. You’ll need a Tether app for your Mac or PC. And the Tether HTML5 app web app.
Your Mac connects to your iPhone via WiFi and uses your iPhone’s connection to browse the web, download email, etc.
Here’s what the whole process looks like in action. It seems geeky but if I can do it, anyone can do it.