One of the features missing from the 1st gen iPhone and iPhone 3G is the ability to tether the iPhone to feed a data connection to your computer to surf the internet. It would have been a treat if it was possible on iPhone 3G.
We have already seen Nullriver’s NetShare app which brought 3G/EDGE tethering for iPhone was removed by Apple from the App Store due to pressure from the carriers.
So Addition has released their iPhone App called iPhoneModem which brings tethering feature as an unofficial iPhone app for the jailbroken iPhone.
Nullriver’s NetShare iPhone app had almost brought Edge/3G tethering capability to the
iPhone for the short time it was available on iPhone’s App Store, only to
be pulled down (twice) and the chances are that it might not make it back to the App Store as Apple was reviewing user contracts with providers, including AT&T.
Addition had originally planned to release iPhoneModem through the App Store and had even submitted iPhone Modem to Apple for approval, however as they are yet to get a response to their application submitted in July 08 and based on the problems that Nullriver have faced, they have decided to release it as an unofficial iPhone app for users who have jailbroken their iPhone.
ModMyI is reporting that iPhoneModem is simpler to use than NetShare and is incredibly well-designed and functional.
All you need to do is install their desktop app which is available only for Mac OS X 10.5 on your laptop (download link) and install the iPhoneModem app on your jailbroken iPhone using Cydia. iPhoneModem currently works with only iPhone firmware 2.x.
They are actively working on a desktop client for Mac OS X 10.4 and Microsoft Windows as well as iPhoneModem which works with iPhone firmware 1.x.
After installing the desktop client, launch it and press connect, this should automatically create an ad-hoc network named iPhoneModem on your Mac.
Then, on your iPhone, go to your settings and join the iPhoneModem network.
Once connected, open the iPhoneModem app on the iPhone. It will automatically connect (assuming you’ve got the iPhoneModem running on your Mac), and you should be able to surf the net using the browser on your desktop or laptop computer.
iPhoneModem is a shareware which cost $9.99 to remove the nagging registration popups.
However, please be careful while using this with AT&T, since too much tethering data usage could get you neutered.
You should also avoid entering sensitive data such as passwords etc while surfing on the net using this app as it does not create a secure network.
As always, it will be great to hear your feedback on Addition’s iPhoneModem.[via ModMyI, Addition]
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