Tethering applications allow wireless phones to share internet connections with a laptop or other wireless device, creating portable "hotspots." MyWi offers iPhone and iPad users the ability to tether without paying for a tethering plan. Some individuals have suggested ways to extend the free trial period for MyWi through changing the installation date. However, MyWi works only on "jailbroken," or unlocked and altered iPhones and iPads." Jailbreaking and using tethering applications not authorized by your provider may violate your service agreement, deprive you of warranty benefits and irreparably damage your device. Rather than hacking your phone, reduce your wireless costs by using Wi-Fi connections and avoiding multiple internet service providers.
Things You'll Need
- Wi-Fi-enabled device
- Internet connection
- Wireless router
- Wireless provider service agreement
Reduce or eliminate your need to tether your wireless phone. Take your laptop computer or other wireless devices to locations that offer free or complimentary Internet access. Go to Wi-Fi Freespot Directory (wififreespot.com) to search for places with free access. Click on a state and scroll down the listings. Wi-Fi Freespot Directory also lists recreational vehicle parks, trains, airports, restaurants, coffee shops and other places. Take note of local establishments that offer free Wi-Fi.
Use your smartphone as your home Internet connection. Contact your wireless provider for authorized tethering applications and plan details. Download an authorized tethering application onto your phone. Enroll in the tethering plan. Remove your preexisting Internet service so that the tethering plan is your sole Internet bill.
Limit your use of 3G -- third generation -- or 4G -- fourth generation -- connections on the smartphone to avoid charges for exceeding your data allowance. Deactivate the 3G or 4G and use your home Wi-Fi connection or a Wi-Fi "hotspot" connection. You may connect your phone to Wi-Fi without additional charges.
Tips & Warnings
- Generally, most providers require smartphone purchasers to enroll in a data plan. If your provider does not, use your phone at a Wi-Fi hotspot.
- According to PC World, AT&T can detect unauthorized tethering, sends warnings, and automatically enrolls those who do not heed the warnings into the authorized tethering plan.
- Avoid using your phone for home Internet connection if your devices will use the Internet while you are away. Your Internet connection goes wherever you take your phone.
- Unless you have an unlimited data plan, tethering may limit your ability to download and stream videos. Wi-Fi connections and non-wireless plans normally do not have data limitations.
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- ZDNet: Verizon Tethering Police Reach Into Your Phone and Disable Your Hotspot
- US Cellular: Android Tethering Instructions: Tethered Modem Set-Up
- AT&T Wireless: Internet Tethering with iPhone and iOS4
- T-Mobile: Internet and E-Mail: T-Mobile Web
- PC Magazine: Jailbreak Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia