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iOS 7.1 breaking Personal Hotspot on unsupported networks

updated 03:26 pm EDT, Wed March 19, 2014

Apple forces users to pick carriers with official deals

iOS 7.1 appears engineered to block people from using the iPhone's Personal Hotspot (tethering) feature on carriers without official support, complaints on Apple's support forums indicate. Previously it was possible to manually edit APN settings to connect to any carrier. Since that editing is gone, though, tethering has been limited to the smaller number of carriers that officially offer Personal Hotspot.

While some people have used APN editing to avoid paying extra fees for tethering, the issue is a more serious concern for people using an iPhone on a carrier that does allow tethering but is without an official iPhone deal, which can include some BYOD (bring-your-own-device) providers.




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  1. besson3c

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 03-03-01

    This feature, and some carrier policies on this feature have been a source of frustrating for me and many others.

    If anybody knows of a way to edit APNs on AT&T phones to make the personal hotspot feature work without jailbreaking, please let me know! It seems like this is not possible though, since AT&T doesn't allow APN modifications.

  1. Cold Warrior

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    Joined: 01-01-01

    It's included if you have the right plan. If you modified things to tether/hotspot without att's blessing, they would figure it out and bill you for it. There are plenty of news reports detailing their emails to customers saying they detected tethering and would sign them up for it at x cost.

    So it'd be pointless to try an apn hack.

  1. besson3c

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 03-03-01

    Grrr... I can't even begin to explain how opposed to this policy I am.

  1. Cold Warrior

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    Joined: 01-01-01

    I hate it too--the data we pay for should be ours to use. It's one of the reasons I switched to Verizon when the iPhone 5 came out: tethering was included. Sure it was probably required of them given the terms of their spectrum purchase for LTE, but it was better than AT&T's tethering mess and their crappy coverage.

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