Tethering Already Unlocked in iOS 4?

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  1. Bubalooshi

    Bubalooshi Active Member

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    Well, this is weird.
    (Or maybe I'm missing something?)

    To be able to tether in iOS 4 with AT&T, you must first call them.

    However, it appears as if I do not have to do so with mine?

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    I tried enabling it with someone else's iPhone 3GS (iOS 4), but they must first call AT&T to activate it.
    I noticed that before they could do anything with tethering, the phone first connected to the internet / AT&T (the spinning black circle on the tethering tab) and then displayed the message of contacting them.

    I DID restore from a backup that had tethering enabled on 3.1.3, though.
    Maybe that had something to do with it?

    Could this possibly mean that restoring from a jailbroken backup allows you to bypass AT&T's activation and tether without them knowing? There's no way I'm paying $20 more to use the data I'm already paying for.

    Share your thoughts and tell us if the same happened to you.
  2. jalexis4192

    jalexis4192 New Member

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    No, its there by default in iOS4 since AT&T finally supports tethering! Only took them what a year to get something that was promised with the 3GS. >.>
  3. Bubalooshi

    Bubalooshi Active Member

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    That's not what I mean. I know tethering was already enabled.

    What I mean is an iPhone checks with AT&T's servers to see if you have tethering enabled.
    If you do (meaning you called them and agreed to pay $20 a month), you can "unlock" the tethering switch.
    If not, a Modal Message pops up and tells you to contact AT&T before using it.

    I did not do that. I never called AT&T and asked them to enable tethering for me.
    It was already "unlocked" after I restored.
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    Ezekeel New Member

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    Interesting.

    Does tethering still work after a reboot of the iPhone? Did you check if it really works, for example can you browse the web on the PC tethered to the iPhone?
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    Bubalooshi Active Member

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    This is weird.

    I was using it yesterday (while I was typing it, actually) and it worked.
    I just tried using it now, and it connected to the computer, displayed the iPhone as a connection, and then the phone displayed the message of contacting AT&T.

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    Well, looks my free tethering on 4.0 is no longer a reality.

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    I can confirm it worked, but only once?
    I don't even have control over it anymore, I must first contact AT&T.
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    Ezekeel New Member

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    Did you reboot the iPhone since that first time you successfully tried it?

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