HTML5-based iPhone tethering service launched

Tether has now launched a new program designed to offer iPhone users a way to tether their devices to PC and Mac laptops and use them as WiFi Internet modems. Tether's solution is a web-based HTML5 service. It will also work with jailbroken iPhones as well as iPads.

The biggest advantage to this service is the price. Tether normally charges its users $30 a year for being able to turn your iPhone or iPad into your own Internet connection for your laptop. That's a huge savings compared to what wireless carriers charge for the same service, which is between $20 and $30 a month. This week, Tether is giving new users an even better deal. At the moment, you can sign up to use the service for just $15 for the first year.

Tether previously launched their service for Blackberry smartphones in 2009. In 2010 it added an app for Android users and since then it has signed up over 500,000 users for those two platforms. The company boasts that it offers speeds that are faster than its rivals, even with USB Internet sticks. It also can be used anywhere in the world on any smartphone wireless carrier.

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Wow i didnt realise us T-Mobile customers have it so good in the UK, i can use personal hotspot for free and have been for weeks now.

iphone tethering is free for me Perhaps that's because I am with Telstra. But they have expensive data rates - 1GB = $10 /month. But that's plenty because I'm almost always on wifi.

I buy unlimited electricity from CPS Energy. I can use as much as my house can consume... If CPS suddenly told me that from now on, I was only buying electricity for lights and air conditioning, and if I want to use my electricity for my TV or my Xbox360 I would need to pay a 30 dollar a month fee, I would kick CPS to the curb. To pay a carrier extra to enable a feature already provided by my device manufacturer is dumb as hell....I use wireless tether and pdanet on my android devices and I bought this iTether thing for my iPhone 4... I use 25+ a month on Verizon and they don't say ****....

An HTML5 application that can do this is impressive but I don't think it's ready for prime time yet. First, you have to load an application on your PC / Mac in order to connect to the tether running on your iPhone. For now this means that you can forget trying to use your tether and provide internet for other WiFi devices such as an iPad or Android tablet. Second, there seem to be a bunch of complaints (especially from IOS 5 users) on their site about it not working properly.

Personally I will wait until the bugs get worked out and I can use other WiFi devices (preferably without a required application running). I use the tether feature on my iPhone to provide internet access for the iPad's in my home (3 WiFi only iPad's) when on the road or travelling so it's a required feature before I would switch.

Wait, so the personal hotspot option under network that states "share my Internet connection over wifi, USB, Bluetooth" doesn't work? Haven't tried yet, but I would assume it did.

SaltLife said,
Wait, so the personal hotspot option under network that states "share my Internet connection over wifi, USB, Bluetooth" doesn't work? Haven't tried yet, but I would assume it did.

If your in the US it will be disabled by the greedy carriers who rape their customers for more cash....

Jack O Neill said,

If your in the US it will be disabled by the greedy carriers who rape their customers for more cash....

Oh for crying out loud, Verizon doesn't disable it. They just charge you to use it.

Jack O Neill said,

If your in the US it will be disabled by the greedy carriers who rape their customers for more cash....

Hmmmm, not sure about that. I live in the US with a VZW iPhone 4 and I have tethering enabled yet I never requested it or paid for it. I've only used it a few times so I know it works but my 4G USB stick is faster.

Tim Dawg said,
Hmmmm, not sure about that. I live in the US with a VZW iPhone 4 and I have tethering enabled yet I never requested it or paid for it. I've only used it a few times so I know it works but my 4G USB stick is faster.

Tethering never made any sense on a 3G network. Because when you surf the web on your phone, most websites redirect to the mobile version of the site. However when you navigate with your laptop over a 3G connection, you are loading the full version of the site.

I never wanted it that ability when I had 3G. It would be more frustrating to use that connection. All bets were off when Verizon released 4G LTE. Now that thing is fast and worth paying for.

UndergroundWire said,

Tethering never made any sense on a 3G network. Because when you surf the web on your phone, most websites redirect to the mobile version of the site. However when you navigate with your laptop over a 3G connection, you are loading the full version of the site.

I never wanted it that ability when I had 3G. It would be more frustrating to use that connection. All bets were off when Verizon released 4G LTE. Now that thing is fast and worth paying for.

3G isn't that bad. It's nothing like cable, FIOS, or 4G but it's acceptable to use for web surfing. I wouldn't download or watch movies over it but it's nice to have in a pinch when you need basic internet access.

Their LTE network is FAST! When I get a chance to use my 4G connection it is so fast it's unbelievable that it's wireless. I can't wait until an iPhone comes out that supports 4G LTE and tethering. That would rock!!

UndergroundWire said,

Tethering never made any sense on a 3G network. Because when you surf the web on your phone, most websites redirect to the mobile version of the site. However when you navigate with your laptop over a 3G connection, you are loading the full version of the site.

I never wanted it that ability when I had 3G. It would be more frustrating to use that connection. All bets were off when Verizon released 4G LTE. Now that thing is fast and worth paying for.


Heh. I use tethering on a 2Mbps/2Mbps 3G network all the time, and it is perfectly fine for all browsing. The only thing that works a bit slow is YouTube really. Even most TV streaming works fine. LTE is overrated.

UndergroundWire said,

Oh for crying out loud, Verizon doesn't disable it. They just charge you to use it.

Exactly my point. Not enabled out of the box....

Ambroos said,

Heh. I use tethering on a 2Mbps/2Mbps 3G network all the time, and it is perfectly fine for all browsing. The only thing that works a bit slow is YouTube really. Even most TV streaming works fine. LTE is overrated.

LTE isn't overrated, its really fast compared to 3g, but 3g is fine for 80% of browsing and streaming to a laptop at 480p.... I tethered my OG droid to my laptop for months on end with Verizon and used 25-30GB a month with no issues on 3g....

Ambroos said,

Heh. I use tethering on a 2Mbps/2Mbps 3G network all the time, and it is perfectly fine for all browsing. The only thing that works a bit slow is YouTube really. Even most TV streaming works fine. LTE is overrated.

2MBs? You were lucky. My 3G connection was like 400KBs. 3G sucks in New York City. I couldn't do much with it once I tethered since I am browsing the real web and not just the slimmed down mobile version of it on my laptop.

So the iPhone doesn't disable 3G data when you connect to a WiFi network the way Android does?

In any case, this is a good thing. You should be able to do whatever you want with your data. That's how it works in Europe too. If you get 2GB of data, you can use it for whatever you want. Want to tether it all, you're free to do so.

Ambroos said,
So the iPhone doesn't disable 3G data when you connect to a WiFi network the way Android does?

In any case, this is a good thing. You should be able to do whatever you want with your data. That's how it works in Europe too. If you get 2GB of data, you can use it for whatever you want. Want to tether it all, you're free to do so.

not in all countries, though. in spain vodafone does not "allow" you to do tethering. although if your phone has the feature you can do it... there's always the rumor that if you get caught, they can charge u more (cuz it's in the contract, but no word on HOW they catch you)

Ambroos said,
So the iPhone doesn't disable 3G data when you connect to a WiFi network the way Android does?

In any case, this is a good thing. You should be able to do whatever you want with your data. That's how it works in Europe too. If you get 2GB of data, you can use it for whatever you want. Want to tether it all, you're free to do so.

The 3g data doesn't have to stay disabled on android. When doing tethering the 3g data usually comes back on. Also it is used on demand as other apps need it. Watch it when you are on the Play Store. Everytime a payment authentication is done the 3g network goes on for a minute to authenticate then drops off again so you do the downloading over wifi.

cswadner said,
Or I'll Jailbreak (free) and buy MyWi for a whopping one time price of $19ish and be done with it.

is TetherMe not a better solution? it's cheaper and just overrides the 'tethering APN' with the default '3G APN'

BGM said,

is TetherMe not a better solution? it's cheaper and just overrides the 'tethering APN' with the default '3G APN'


Haven't heard of that one, I'll have to check it out. Seeing as I already purchased MyWi a few years back, i'll just stick with that for now.