Free Tethering (using your smart phone data plan to connect a laptop or iPad to the internet)

I am going to explain here how to use your smartphones data plan as a mobile hotspot to connect your iPad/iPod touch, laptop, or netbook to the internet when out and about.
First decide which app is right for you… If you are using an iPhone you must be jailbroken.

If you are not already jailbroken here’s how you do it..  JailbreakME Guide

You have 2 good choices for iPhones.. MyWi (my personal first pick) or Pdanet. These apps are not free but they only require you pay for the app and do not charge you anything ever again hence the actual tethering is free. There are workarounds for the one time payment for any pirates out there but I will not be posting about that. If you are using an Android or BlackBerry I recommend using Pdanet.

Pdanet is also able to tether for Windows Mobile Smartphone or PocketPC Phone as well as PalmOS Treo or Centro phone although I will not be giving tutorials in this post regarding those devices. If you are an owner of one and need some help feel free to email me and I will blog if there is a demand.

First I will explain MyWi simply because It’s my favorite and the one I use

iPhone users:


Just use Mywi & keep all of our lives as simple as possible please..

First: Make sure that you are Jailbroken
Second: Launch Cydia from your iPhone and perform search for “MyWi 4.0”.
Third: Download & install & reboot.
Fourth: Go into the app & edit settings… Choose a hotspot name, Choose the channel, Enable security, Enable USB/Bluetooth or WiFi to fit your needs.

Features of this app include:

  • Create iPad or iPhone WiFi Hotspot to connect multiple laptops or mobile devices to share your iPhone/iPad’s internet connection

  • 40 bit and 104 bit WEP Security to prevent others from accessing your WiFi HotSpot

  • Ability to enable USB and Bluetooth Tethering on your iPhone or iPad

  • Broadcasts the Network Name (SSID) – no need to fuss with creating an adhoc network on your laptop

  • Shows up and down bandwidth usage for iPhone WiFi Tethering or iPhone USB Tethering

  • Uses less battery and much faster than other tethering apps due to native routing

  • Please check your contract/carrier agreement regarding WiFi tethering other devices to your iPhone/iPad. Additional charges may apply.

  • 3-Day Free Trial via Jailbreak your iPhone and install via Cydia!

Next I will explain Pdanet

This app requires the desktop client to be downloaded to your PC or netbook. This can be found here:

Note that you can use PdaNet for free but the full version allows you to access secure web sites after the trial period ends.

Android Users:

  • Download Pdanet for your Android device and install the desktop client

  • During the installation you’ll be prompted to select your cell phone manufacturer and also connect your device via USB (enable USB debugging on your Android phone in Settings > Applications > Development). You may be warned by Windows Security that the publisher of the driver software can’t be verified, but just ignore that prompt and choose to “Install this driver software anyway.”

  • To connect over USB:

    • Go to the PdaNet app on your android and choose Enable USB Tether, then use the USB cable to connect the device to your laptop.

    • You’ll get a pop-up window on the laptop that you can click to connect the phone to PdaNet.

    • You may also have to click on the PdaNet icon in your taskbar, and select Connect Internet.

    To connect via Bluetooth, the steps are pretty much the same, except you will select Enable Bluetooth DUN in the Android app and pair your Android phone with your laptop via Bluetooth rather than via the USB cable.

    (For tethering to an iPad via Bluetooth see the instructions for iBluever in the Blackberry section below)

    You should now see the “Connected!” notification on your laptop and be able to surf the Web.

    If you want to connect your computer to your phone using (ad-hoc) WiFi, then this will require hacking the Android system for root access. I will not be explaining that here but if anyone needs any help trying to do this email me and I will blog about this if there is the demand. Just use USB dammit…

BlackBerry users:

If tethering to an iPad via BlackBerry you will need iBluever installed on your iPad. This will utilize your bluetooth pairing to tether. There is no option to tether via wifi as of yet to my knowledge. If you know other wise please comment below with your findings. You can get this app from cydia on your jailbroken device.

Step 1

  • Download Pdanet for your BlackBerry & iBluever Demo for your iPad if you want to try it out first and buy the full version later (The demo version expires in 15 days so you have plenty of time to figure out if you want the purchase the full version). Select the “Install” tab and “Confirm” the installation.

Step 2

  • Respring or Reboot iDevice

Step 3

  • Make sure that the bluetooth on your Berry is ON.

  • Launch iBluever & set it to On.

Step 4

  • Allow iBluever to discover your berry. The name of your phone should appear on the second tab of the iBluever window.

Step 5

  • Select on the second tab that corresponds to the name of your phone. If a new window pops up about the demo version tap “Dismiss.”

Step 6

  • You should get a new screen at this point asking for some data.. enter the following:

    • PIN: last 4 digits of your mobile/smart phone.

    • APN (Access Point Name): Find your APN according to your provider. Find the name of your carrier and determine the corresponding APN (For example, if your carrier is AT&A then your corresponding APN is “proxy”.

    • Dial Number: *99***1#

    • Account: leave it blank

    • Password: leave it blank

    • Chat Scripts: Click on the tab and select “Default Non GPRS”

    • Leave everything else alone.

Step 7

  • Tap Back.

Step 8

  • Tap the iBluever arrow to exit.

Step 9

  • Now choose the second tab that identifies your phone & allow your iPad to connect to it.

Step 10

  • Your mobile phone will request to pair, tap yes and enter the pin (last four digits of your mobile #). Tap OK

  • Let your phone and iPad connect via bluetooth. Once established you can now surf the internet using your BlackBerry

  • Have fun!



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I am a geek who would like to share my knowledge with people who need help in all things technology.

Posted on July 28, 2011, in Mobile Devices, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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