Tether.com keeps data safely encrypted, and operates wirelessly – unlike its previous solution.
To get started with it, we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step tutorial. It works for both Windows and OS X, the only difference between the installation process is your desktop file:
Step 1: Sign up to the service here, and download the desktop app applicable to your OS (Windows or Mac).
Step 2: Open the desktop app, follow the steps to create an Ad-Hoc network on your PC or Mac, and connect to the network from your iPhone (in Settings).
Step 3: Go to tether.com/web on your device, and tap in your credentials.
Step 4: Your device and your computer should communicate (you will see packet data being sent and received), and from then, you’re good to go.
Couple of last pointers – it also works with the iPad 2, and does not require a jailbreak. Indeed, it doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference whether you’re jailbroken or not.
Having eventually been spotted by the lens of the fruit company’s Raygun, iTether was pulled from the App Store, forcing its development team back to the drawing board. Just four months later, the app is back, and in order to avoid Apple’s iron-fist rule, it’s web-based (HTML5, no less). It costs $30 a year (free trial available) which – whatever way you look at it, is a great deal.