I want to use an original (non jailbroken) iPhone4 to access the internet with an iPad.

This should is possible using the Personal wifi hotspot included in iOS 4.3 as mentioned in Can I use tethering to share my iPhone's connection with my iPad?, however some providers (such as the Dutch T-mobile) have removed this feature in a localised version of the OS.

Is there a (legitimate) way to update to a "generic" iOS so I can use the Personal Hotspot to tether my iPad or is there another (legitimate) way to not have to get the 3G iPad and an extra sim card.

Please note I am in Europe, i.e. not on AT&T or Verizon

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    ?? Is this a question or a rant?
    – ghoppe
    Mar 14, 2011 at 19:50
  • Can you please reformat what you're asking as a question?
    – Ben Wyatt
    Mar 14, 2011 at 20:06
  • I'm closing this question because the only part that isn't localized has already been answered. It's also hard to tell exactly what's being asked here. Mar 14, 2011 at 20:14
  • @Nathan it was a question on meta how to ask a similar question. then I was told it was a question so I should ask it. When I then investigated myself after moving it here, I found out it was not to be due to t-mobile decisions. What is "Too localised" ? how many potential users needs to be affected for something not to be too localised? I could say the same about issues only affecting Verizon customers with iPads, no? Anyway I reformulated it, so can it be re-opened?
    – mplungjan
    Mar 15, 2011 at 8:48
  • @mplungjan I suggest you re-create your question (the update to a vendor neutral OS) and add the other information (because off the tethering has been removed…) as additional information on why you want to do it. But the core of the question is your "updated" question and should be reflected in the title. Mar 15, 2011 at 10:52

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It is not a carrier localized version of the OS that is installed on the iPhone. There is one iOS release image for each hardware model. What changes for each mobile network is the carrier settings, which is downloaded either OTA (iOS4+) or by iTunes when the phone is activated or connected and an update is available.

If you have the released from any carrier lock then if you move to another mobile provider supporting the tethering feature then their carrier settings will enable the preference.

  • Does not sound promising :( Thanks though
    – mplungjan
    Mar 16, 2011 at 21:37

Maybe this would help you?

Mac: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL851 Win: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL926

  • Ahem - possibly. I would be worried if I would brick the phone. But at least that is an answer +1
    – mplungjan
    Mar 16, 2011 at 19:03

I doubt the feature is removed from your version of the iOS. The carrier has complete control over whether or not this feature is visible on your iPhone by configuring your account with them. In my case, I am a US AT&T customer with an iPhone 4, but because I don't pay for the plan that has tethering as an option, when I go to the Settings panel, I do not see a preference to turn on/off tethering. My friend who is also a US AT&T customer with an iPhone 4 and the correct plan that allows tethering, has the phone tethering on/off option where I have none (we've compared our settings screens).

I wouldn't waste time trying to track down some non-localized version of the OS in the hopes that this feature is going to be there.

Sorry. I wish I had better news for you.


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