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How can i connect two iphones using bluetooth?

861 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 3:31 PM by diesel vdub RSS
Bob Dewar Calculating status...
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Feb 8, 2013 3:07 PM

I am trying to connect a iPhone 3 with an iPhone 4 using bluetooth so I can use the IP3 as a personal hotspot using a New Zealand prepaid Skinny sim (the IP4 has an Australian sim). I have paired the IP3 with my MacBook Pro and a Samsung Galaxy using bluetooth and it works well as a hotspot. However the two iPhones can't discover each other ... is there a workaraound, eg an app that can enhance the very basic functionality provided by Apple? The phones are running iOS 6.0  and iOS6.1 respectively.

MacBook 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:22 PM (in response to Bob Dewar)

    You cannot pair them via Bluetooth.

     

    If the iPhone 3 (more likely a 3GS as the 3 can only run iOS4.2.1) will do it, use the Wi-Fi as a hotspot and connect to that from the 4.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:44 PM (in response to Bob Dewar)

    Because Apple does not allow it.

     

    Connecting other devices

    You can connect  your devices to your iPhone or iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular in the following ways:

    Mac or PCiPad or
    iPod touch
    iPhoneOther Wi-Fi
    devices
    Connection tips
    Wi-FiWi-Fi hotspot turns off when no devices are connected. To automatically turn it back on, go to Settings > General > Cellular Data > Personal Hotspot.
    Bluetooth Ensure that the other Bluetooth device is discoverable, and use Settings > Bluetooth to pair.
    USB Connect your iPhone or iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular to your Mac or PC using the USB to Dock Connector cable.

    The Wi-Fi network name or Bluetooth name is your device name. The Wi-Fi network uses WPA encryption.

    iPhone 3GS can share a connection with USB or Bluetooth. iPhone 4 or later and iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular can share a connection using Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 3:31 PM (in response to Bob Dewar)

    As clearly stated in the table, an iPhone can only connect to another iPhone or iPads personal hotspot via Wi-Fi.

    The 3GS cannot share it's Internet connection via Wi-Fi.

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