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I have an iPhone 3GS that has a data plan and tethering enabled. It is running iOS 5.1.1

Being an iPhone it only does tethering over bluetooth and USB, not WiFi.

I also have iPhone 4, a 1st-gen iPad, and a year-old MacBook Pro.

I have been able to connect to the internet from the iPad to the iPhone 3GS over bluetooth (started System Preferences --> General --> Bluetooth on both devices, Paired the iPad with the iPhone etc.).

I have also been able to connect to the internet from the MacBook Pro to the iPhone 3GS over bluetooth (started System Preferences --> General --> Bluetooth on the iPhone, Set up a Bluetooth Device on the Mac, Paired the Mac with the iPhone etc.)

However, I cannot connect my iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3GS via bluetooth.

When I start up bluetooth preferences on both devices, they do not see each other. Since I cannot see the device, I cannot pair.

The iPhone 4 is also running iOS 5.1.1, same as the iPad.

Any reason why I cannot see or connect from the iPhone 4?

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You can’t tether an iPhone to another iPhone. For that, you would need to jailbreak.

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Interesting. You can pair an iPad to an iPhone, but not an iPhone to an iPhone. Just curious, what about an iPod touch to iPhone? –  Vihung Aug 29 '12 at 9:23
    
Any capable bluetooth device can be paired to an iPhone being used as a Personal Hotspot, except another iPhone. This includes the iPod touch. –  duci9y Aug 29 '12 at 10:20
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