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How to Tether Your iPhone Data Plan to the iPad

by on April 8th, 2010

Do you have an iPhone in Canada? If you do, then most likely you also are subscribed to a monthly data plan. Rogers debuted their 6GB/$30 data plan after iPhone 3G owners were disgusted with their original prices. If you’re lucky to have that plan–hold onto it.

What about iPad Pay As You Go data plans in Canada? We haven’t heard anything from the “Big 3″ telcos (Rogers, Bell, Telus) as of late. It seems they are waiting for each other (or waiting to work together??) to release their iPad data plans. The iPad is rumoured to be coming on April 24th in Canada–are you ready?

How to Tether your iPhone Data Plan to the iPad (and more!)

Steve Jobs responded to an email clearly stating (with the word “No.”) that the iPad will not be able to tether the iPhone’s data plan. That’s not quite true. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, keep on reading because you’re in luck!

There’s a 3rd party app in Cydia called MyWi that’s been heating up the interwebs. It will turn your iPhone into a wireless hotspot, allowing ANY device to connect to it. Just think of your iPhone as a wireless router for your iPad–now that is just short of awesome. Now that we know for sure the iPad can connect to MyWi, let’s shed some more light on this app.

MyWi is not free–it’s going to cost you $9.95. However, it’s definitely worth it to be able to tether your iPhone data plan to your iPad. Forget paying for a PAYG data plan when you’re within Canada!

Features:
- Create WiFi Hotspot to connect mutiple laptops or mobile devices to share your iPhone’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 as well
- Broadcasts the Network Name (SSID) – no need to fuss with creating an adhoc network on your laptop
- Uses less battery and much faster then PdaNet due to native routing
- Shows up and down bandwith usage

Here’s how to download and setup MyWi on your iPhone:

  1. Requires a jailbroken iPhone. Check out our guide from sister site iPhoneinCanada.ca.
  2. Search Cydia for “MyWi (No Rock)”. Purchase it for $9.95 (they accept PayPal).
  3. Install it, follow the prompts (will require resprings and agreeing to some terms).
  4. Setup MyWi on the iPhone and enable WiFi Tethering.
  5. Get your iPad and connect to your desired network
  6. VOILA! You are now tethering your iPhone data plan to the iPad. Victory tastes sweet.

So far, MyWi has worked with some decent speeds. One issue is that it will drain your battery faster than normal, so I would recommend having a portable battery backup source nearby. Other than that, it’s a great little app that will make all iPad owners extremely happy. You will no longer need to purchase a 3G iPad (unless you absolutely need to) plus you’ll save on extra data costs. Me like MyWi.

Let me know how MyWi works out for you in the comments!

*edit* Speedtests added at the request of iPadinCanada.ca reader Gtasscarlo :)

First test is iPad using Shaw Cable. The next is a list of speeds acquired through MyWi tethering (I ran the test 4 times):

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  • Gtasscarlo

    Can you run a speed test on your ipad see how fast it goes from 3g to wifi and is it truly 7.2 Because when I tether I got max 4 mbps, and if it's worth it to pay 10 bucks, boy the devolper is gonna make a killing

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I just posted some speedtest results. Tethering performed in Vancouver, BC.

  • Wuju

    what's the difference between the search result in Cydia on MyWi & MyWi (No Rock)?

  • Wuju

    It seems like MyWi is the version that has a 10 day trial. Installed by it keeps say MyWi was not able to enable. Soft restarting your iphone, etc. :(

    Do I need to install so other updates through Cydia or something. I have 3G on and Wifi off on the iphone.

  • gtasscarlo

    awesome average 2 mbps still good dl for wifi tethering,all that might change when the new iphone comes out:)

  • Wuju

    Anyone encountering a problem from Cydia where a purchase is made on the MyWi and I selected Install > Confirm but I get this error popup message that says… “http://apt.modmy.com HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden”. It seems like I'm forbidden to access the file even after the fact.

    Please help, I think I might have lost 10 bucks. I'm able to download and use the trial version no problem.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    'No Rock' doesn't install the app, Rock.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Try uninstalling and reinstalling again?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    'No Rock' doesn't install the app, Rock.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Try uninstalling and reinstalling again?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You get a confirmation email? Try getting the app via another Cydia repo.

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  • stonee

    “Tips to Turn iPad Wi-Fi Into 3G “, similar article, take it as reference.

  • Drew

    I get the same error message (although the url is actually http://apt.modmyi.com with an “i”). Another forum said to try a differnt source like cydia.zodttd.com/repo/cydia. I'll try and let you know.

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  • Cc_Downey

    Or you could make your next vehicle purchase a Ford with sync v2.0… Tethers any cell phone with Bluetooth to the vehicle and allows any wireless devices to connect to the vehicle. Your vehicle become the wireless router. Shares the data plan on the phone and saved me some $$$ on the non 3G iPad as well as no extra data plan. I realize $9.95 is much cheaper but it’s amazing the technology Ford is providing that the other manufacturers haven’t even dreamed of.

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  • Damien_826

    is there any way of just using a cable to tether an iphone to ipad and have it run off the data plan like that?

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  • Dd

    What if I want to do the opposite, if I have a 3G iPad and I want to tether my iPod Touch or laptop to the interwebs?

  • Guikas

    What’s the difference with just using your hot spot feature?
    Does this program allow you to use you data usage instead of tethering usage?
    Cause with mts in winnipeg they give you unlimited data but 250mb of tethering.