updated 09:25 am EDT, Thu June 18, 2009
iPhone 3.0 tethering
A simpler method exists for enabling tethering with unsupported iPhone carriers, a new report claims. Although the iPhone 3.0 firmware provides the appropriate framework for the technology, many carriers continue to disallow tethering for fear of oversaturated networks. Hacks to enable the feature have typically involved a complicated series of steps that discourage adoption.
The new method involves only three steps, beginning with a line entered into Terminal in Mac OS X. Users then download a disk image intended for AT&T, or else one of a number of other carriers. After Option-clicking "Restore" in iTunes, users can then choose the alternate image, which activates the tethering option within an iPhone's network settings. Users should be cautious when enabling tethering, as carriers may penalize unauthorized data traffic.