Best Part About Doing an iPhone 4S Jailbreak
Why is it so cool to jailbreak iPhone 4S? I want to talk about a couple of reasons today, and one in particular. This reason should also apply to being able to jailbreak iPhone 5, although we won’t know for certain until the iPhone 5 jailbreak becomes available in late 2012.
The really cool benefit of jailbreaking an iPhone is the ability to get tethering without having it on your standard plan with your carrier. Now, for the most part, to get around carrier restrictions involves going a step further than a jailbreak and doing an iPhone unlock. However, using tethering so that you can have Internet access is one of the few carrier based benefits that comes from a jailbreak rather than an unlock.
What is this “tethering” feature, you ask? I’ll tell you, brosephat. Tethering can refer to a couple of very different things, but I’m really just talking about one of them. Quite often, when we’re talking about jailbreaking and we refer to tethering, we’re referring to a “tethered jailbreak”. This is an inferior type of jailbreak where you have to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to a PC or Mac any time you reboot the device and essentially re-jailbreak it. Most iOS versions for most devices are untethered at this point. The way to know how to jailbreak iPhone 4S is certainly untethered, and it’s expected that the way to know how to jailbreak iPhone 5 will also be untethered if all goes well with the jailbreaking community.
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No, in this article, I’m actually talking about a different kind of tethering. A kind of tethering that you WANT to have, as opposed to a tethered jailbreak. The kind of tethering that I’m talking about is WiFi tethering. When you have WiFi tethering on your phone, it means that you can use your phone as a WiFi hotspot for your PC or Mac. So if you don’t have an Internet connection for you computer, but you have a wireless signal on your Apple phone, you can actually use the phone for Internet on your PC.
To do this, you must have 3G coverage on the phone. But as 3G becomes more and more widespread in Western countries, and in urban areas of even 2nd and 3rd world countries, this is no huge barrier. What you do is to connect your iPhone via USB to your PC or Mac. Your iPhone will ask you what type of connection you want, and you choose “Internet pass through”. Some phones actually offer the capability to connect via WiFi. You just have to have the right plan and the right data package to make it happen, cap’n. The basic procedure is the same though. Then, on your computer, you’ll see a network show up with the name of your phone. You choose to connect to that network as you would any other network, and voila!, you’ve got Internet!
It’s a pretty amazing thing when you do this and can get Internet somewhere that you’d never imagine that you’d be able to get WiFi. If you’re a passenger in a car, you quite often use this method to get Internet when you’re driving down the interstate in the US. Pretty sweet, eh? Just make sure that you jailbreak iPhone 4S or jailbreak iPhone 5 before trying to do this. Otherwise, you’ll have to sign up with a tethering plan with your carrier.