iPhone tethering possible by installing a SOCKS proxy


Iphone_networkFull disclosure: I haven’t tried this (yet) and technically, it could be against the AT&T TOS. Not to mention you’re going to install something to your iPhone, which could hose it….generally a reset through iTunes should fix it but no whining to me if you try this and all the Apples fall from your tree, er phone.

Having said that, let’s get to the fun part: looks like you can tether that iPhone for modem use! You’ll be limited to the meager EDGE connection of course, but if you follow these instructions you should be tethered to a notebook and on the web. Essentially, the approach installs a SOCKS proxy server on your iPhone and you then use WiFi to connect your device and iPhone through an ad-hoc network connection. It’s a true wireless tether in that respect, similar to a Bluetooth approach. There’s quite a bit of work involved to get to this point, but if you really want to open up your iPhone (figuratively, not literally), this ought to do it.



Verizon’s terms:
“..These Data Plans and Features MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous uploading, downloading, or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (ii) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing; or (iii) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file-sharing services and/or redirecting television programming content for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses continuously for one hour could typically use 100 to 200 MB, or, if engaged in prohibited uses for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, could use more than 5 GB in a month.”

It’s funny they automatically assume you are violating the list they provide. The bits of words like “could” are interesting too.


Yes it is definitely a flat-out violation of the TOS (you have to pay $60/mo for unlimited tethering) and AT&T “can” terminate you for it, but apparently in the real world they rarely bother about it – unlike Verizon.

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