10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2008 1:52 PM by Allen Quinn
Adil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Any ideas on how I can use my iPhone to connect my MacBook to the internet?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • jia10 Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
    Don't think this can be done. Sorry.
    What is the problem connecting your Mac to the internet?
    If you have AirPort on your Mac, then you can use any Wi-Fi hotspot.
    The iPhone connects to the internet via EDGE, i.e. radio frequencies, requiring a GSM antenna and receiver, which your Mac won't have. So you have to use your ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.

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  • Adil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No can do. Wanted to use it abroad where there is no wireless connection or ethernet cable. Hence wanting to use the iPhone EDGE to connect to the internet. Wanted to transmit live feed from Mac to a UK computer but it's not going to be possible with the iPhone is it.
  • jia10 Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
    Adil wrote:
    No can do. Wanted to use it abroad where there is no wireless connection or ethernet cable. Hence wanting to use the iPhone EDGE to connect to the internet. Wanted to transmit live feed from Mac to a UK computer but it's not going to be possible with the iPhone is it.


    Correct. Not in its current state, which is to say, legal state.
  • MichaelsBB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just talked to an AT&T business Rep last week that said this could be done but they have to switch your plan over to paying 60 for the data plus tethering fee's .

    Than this morning I call and ask to have some acct changes done and ask about tethering and the rep says it can be done but its not documented on the AT&T system.

    May or June, 32 gig iPhone, 3G, BT, Wifi Maybe GPS?

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  • RonAnnArbor Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)
    As to the illegal hacking, we're not going to discuss that here.

    And further -- you can't use bluetooth for anything but voice calls, the iPhone doesn't support A2DP so you can't bluetooth music or internet connections with anything even if you wanted to.

    Even if it were possible, who would ever want to tether their macbook with an EDGE connection??

    It takes two and a half minutes to download the basic My Yahoo homepage -- complete waste of time and money.
  • Allen Quinn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi RonAnnArbor,

    Why not just tell people the truth and let them be responsible for their own actions. You cannot seriously expect us to believe that you are this ridiculously naive. Let's suppose that you are in a geographic/physical location that does not have free, or pay WiFi. But, to get the customer up and running you need a real machine with real apps to do some work. This, opposed to just playing on the net with the iPhone. Real work, not reading emails and showing your technically challenged friend how your blog looks on the phone... Instead of that, you are looking at stuff that is technical, contains a great deal of information, or contains a great deal of formatting. Could you not see that it would be easier to work with this type information not just from a readability standpoint, but a usability standpoint on something with a larger display?

    I digress. Anyway there is no way to connect your MacBook Pro to the net because there is no connection available and you are in the middle of no where, but your iPhone is in your holster and has a freakin' marvelously strong signal. So, you have this iPhone in your pocket right next to your xxxx and it is doing nothing but playing your favorite music.

    Hmm, interesting "You have an Unlimited Data Plan with AT&T" why not use it to create your own WiFi hotspot with your iPhone and allow your MacBook Pro, Windows PC, whatever to share the phone's data connection so that these and other devices can connect to the net via the iPhone? So you still don't see the advantage?

    That is an awesome feature and makes it so you can connect with anything, anywhere using your iPhone. Talk about a new marketing angle. Your iPhone is now your ISP. The iPhone would be acting as, well, a modem if that helps you bring the aforementioned post full circle.

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    Hope this helps and was not too strong.

    Allen
  • Adil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok everyone thanks for your help. Going to close this topic now.
  • Allen Quinn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Holy cow,

    What someone provides an actual "working" solution to a forum post and instantly you decide that the topic should be closed? So this is a playground for those that would post incorrect information? Not sure I understand your motivation in this matter. If I search on the subject of this post, I immediately get hundreds of thousands of hits where others are trying to achieve the same end as this post addresses.

    I guess that information for Mac Investors should be placed on Microsoft's site instead. Come on People.

    Allen
  • Adil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dude, I'm not sure I understand. Thanks for the information you provided, I have seen the link and will give it a go. The question I asked has been answered so I am now marking it as answered. Cheers everyone for your help.
  • Allen Quinn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Adil, I have had a very long day and do sincerely apologize for snappin at you. I am happy that you are happy. Allen