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no tethering on officially unlocked iPhone

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janus19 Calculating status...
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Sep 9, 2009 2:47 PM
I have an officially unlocked iPhone 3G (got it at Vodafone without any contracts and not locked to any sim). And currently, i'm using it on a different 3g carrier which does not provide iphones. after the initial upgrade to 3.0, internet tethering didn't appear in the options. only after i installed a mobile config, i was able to tether. my carrier doesn't have any problems with tethering, and even sells 3g usb dongles just for data usage.
My question is the following: will i loose the ability to tether after upgrading to 3.1?
mb985, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • itsnogood71 Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 6:39 AM (in response to janus19)
    Same here.

    I also have a factory unlocked 3G with no tethering in 3.1
    The contract with my provider has a special data option who allows me to use the iphone with tethering. But in 3.1 it´s gone....

    I think a factory unlocked iPhone should have no limitations.
  • Tbo6652 Level 4 Level 4 (1,070 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 6:51 AM (in response to janus19)
    is it not the carrier that provides the tethering?
    Sony VIAO, Windows XP, 32GB Black iPhone 3Gs
  • itsnogood71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 6:53 AM (in response to Tbo6652)
    Not at every time. Only with provider locked phones.

    With factory unlocked phones it is a thing that is provided from apple.
  • Azm0d3uz Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:13 AM (in response to itsnogood71)
    I have the same issue here. I have an unlocked iphone without any binding contract with any carrier and the tethering is not available with my provider even if from the provider point of view it should be.
    I think that apple should provide a solution to that

    Regards
    Azm0d3uz
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • itsnogood71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:34 AM (in response to Azm0d3uz)
    I just talked to apple support.

    They told me that they cannot help me.
    Macbook Pro 17" Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Azm0d3uz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:39 AM (in response to itsnogood71)
    Apple gave you an explanation or a reason for not helping you with this?
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • itsnogood71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:42 AM (in response to Azm0d3uz)
    Sorry. No explanation.

    They told me that ALL provider worldwide would have tethering disabled. So Apple can´t do anything.

    But why unlocked phones can´t tether? No answer....
    Macbook Pro 17" Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • DocSnyd3r Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:58 AM (in response to janus19)
    This os a shame! Even my very old Nokia can do tethering. The problem is apple for no reason no longer allows the user to set the right settings for tethering to work. I'm very disappointed and if not fixed, I will sell my free iPhone and never buy from apple again. Since a 600€ cell should be able to do things a 50€ cell can for years!
  • blackthorn666 Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 10:22 AM (in response to janus19)
    I have an italian factory unlocked iphone. Tethering is gone with 3.1 an i need it for my macbook. My provider allows tethering an i got an flatrate for internet.

    Apple can kill them for provider subsidize iphones, but not for 600€ unlocked ones.
    This *****.
    macbook alu 13, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Digital Kurtz Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 10:30 AM (in response to janus19)
    I dont know if it helps any of you, but i have a 3GS on AT&T, i had previously installed the mobileconfig profile to allow me to use tethering (albeit without & support) anyways, after upgrading my phone to 3.1, I still have access to that mobileconfig as well as my tethering. My suggestion to you would be to call the service provider you plan to use the phone with and ask them for a link to get a new mobileconfig file that ought to allow you the use of tethering again. If this route doesn't work, i suggest a google search (from iphone preferably so the file can be directly downloaded)
    15" MacBook Po Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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