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At The End Of My Tether

by on August 30th, 2010

No tethering for iPad and iPhone

So I own the wifi-only iPad. Which is fine, as I work from home and use wifi most of the time.

And I only have 500 Megs of 3G data a month (I know, I know, brutal) but I’d still like, on that odd occasion, to tether my iPad to my iPhone. Call me old fashioned (since this discussion has been going on pretty much since the iPad was announced).

So can someone remind me why Rogers makes it so darn expensive to use data I already pay for, on gadgets I’ve already forked over a ton of cash for? Sure, I could buy a more expensive plan, for data I know I don’t really need, and would only use rarely for actual tethering. So I’d rather not.

And anyway, I already pay Rogers a pretty penny each month. Add to that the cost of the iPhone and the iPad and I just wonder – will we ever stop getting screwed over just for wanting to use our iDevices the way we want to use them?

I know there’s an alternative. I hear you cry: use MiWi ($9.95 from the Cydia store), but why should I have to jailbreak just to use two devices I own in a way I know they can, if Apple and Rogers would just let them. Gah.

OK. Rant over. Have you used MiWi? (If you want to try it out check out our tutorial here).

Or do you know an alternative (for tethering the iPad, not a Mac or PC – so TetherMe and iPhoneModem zsrelay are not going to cut it)?

Answers on a postcard…

Danielle Saul is a technical writer and all round geeky chick. You can follow her on Twitter at @GeekyCh1ck

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Posted under: Jailbreaking, Rogers

  • Ex

    Umm…what is this post about exactly?

    This sounds more of a forum rant than a blog post.

  • Danielle is mentioning how she’d like to tether her 500MB iPhone data plan to her WiFi iPad, but there are barriers to do so. Didn’t you read? 😉

  • Ex

    I did read actually, but many users are well aware of this “issue”!

    It would be great to have this posted in the forums where users can provide input!

  • Wuju

    MyFi is my only solution which requires a jailbroken phone off course.

  • Vandoo

    TigerDirect.ca have the Cradlepoint PHS300 personal wifi router for 99$. Work great with my Blackberry and 6gig data plan from Rogers.

  • El Guapo

    Any suggestions on tethering an iPad to a Blackberry?

  • Noob

    wow do you guys all live under a rock or something? iTether!
    It lets you tether your ipad to your iphone, and uses bluetooth to do it. This means it takes less battery power than MiFi and is a helluva lot more secure. Also it only requires you to jailbreak your iPad, not your iphone, as it uses the built-in bluetooth based tethering on iphone (has to be supported by your carrier settings). Plus it’s cheaper than MiFi, only like $5 iirc. Next time at least spend a minute googling before blogging a question :p

  • Mikevans75

    Just jailbreak your devices (assuming you haven’t updated your software recently) and install the appropriate apps. Done.

  • Flabeo

    Noob, if this shit works. Your my new best friend for the day! Thanks!

  • Apples

    The app is called MyWi, not MiFi……….MiFi is the little hardware device.

  • Danielle

    Thanks Noob. Google? Who knew?

    But seriously, my point was why should I have to jailbreak and buy an app just so I can do something that the iPad and iPhone clearly could do natively?

    However, appreciate the suggestion. Hopefully some readers can give it a go and report back whether it works?

  • Danielle

    Apples, you are absolutely right. I stand corrected. It was late. I apologise.

  • Danielle

    Hey Ex, you’re not wrong. Hence my comment: ‘Rant over’. And my statement: ‘since this discussion has been going on pretty much since the iPad was announced’.

    I was also going to apologise for the cliche title, but since you didn’t notice that, I’ll keep quiet about it… 😉

    Anyway, I was going to write a review of a note-taking app (*another* back to school post? Surely not?) but got pretty frustrated trying to show a buddy how wonderful my iPad was without wifi and, of course, no 3G. So my emotions kind of took over…hopefully you can see where I was coming from now?

  • livininvic

    I’ve written this exact argument to Steve Jobs before. No reply… surprise surprise.

    I think Steve Jobs and AT&T’s relationship is slightly more sexual than one would have you believe. If you can’t tether your iPhone to your iPad, then you have to get a data plan for an iPad to use 3G… muahahahaha!

    Of course, unlike AT&T, Rogers can handle the burden on it’s network, so they allow free tethering on the iPhone (AT&T doesn’t).

    Basically, we’re gimped internationally because of Apple’s relationship with AT&T. SUCKS!

  • rvtradepro

    Agree totally – it’s ridiculous that I can tether my laptop but not my iPad (to iphone)…what’s the difference!? In my mind, it’s a money-grab for Rogers and other big mobile providers. Guess they kinda call the shots on how their data is used…plain evil, let me use the data (that I pay for) however I want!

  • Flabeo

    Waiting for my iPhone 4 to arrive, and the latest iPad firmware update. If nobody reports back by than, I’ll let you know how it goes via twitter @flabeo. Or here, if I don’t forget by the time iOS 4 is out for the iPad. I’m hoping we will find out something at tomorrows event.

  • Thanks Flabeo 🙂

  • Rapidwiz

    iBlueEver works on the BlackBerry as well, you will need to load PDAnet as well which is free for you BB.

  • Rebeccacoleman

    Thank you! I’ve been having this exact same fight with Rogers. Ugh. It makes me so angry.
    Gonna try iTether as a workaround.