June 18, 2009

iPhone OS 3 Tethering, Rogers Canada

Finally, tethering on the iPhone.

After my woes with Rogers Customer Service earlier this week, asking about prices and availability, it seems that Rogers has cleared things up regarding the pricing for iPhone tethering. I quote:

Tethering is the use of your phone as a wireless modem to connect to the Internet from your computer. For a limited time, if you subscribe to a data plan which includes at least 1GB of data transmission between June 8, 2009 and December 31, 2009, and if you have a compatible device, you may use tethering as part of the volume of data included in your plan at no additional charge. Tethering cannot be used with data plans of less than 1GB

I am not looking forward to the end of that promotion as I'm sure Rogers will somehow figure out a way to gouge me out of more money.

OK. How to tether.

  1. Connect iPhone to Computer (I'm doing this for mac)
  2. If you haven't already, install OS 3 on your iPhone
  3. After the sync, on iPhone tap Settings -> General -> Network -> Internet Tethering
  4. Switch ON
  5. On your mac wait for the notice of new ethernet adaptor being found
  6. Open network preferences
  7. This may not apply to you, but to get the tethering to work I had to choose Advanced and then manually Renew my DHCP lease to contact the Rogers DNS and get on their network.
  8. Your iPhone will switch to the blue bar telling you you're online
  9. Don't forget to disable iPhone's tethering option when you're done so you don't burn through your data like crazy
iPhone 3G is limited to a 3.6 MBit/s downstream as it doesn't support HSDPA. (iPhone 3G S has HSDPA support and Rogers also supports the 7.6 MBit/s downstream)

The speed I got using Shaw's speedtest was 2.5 MBit/s down and 200 kbps up at ~8.30 pm.

If these speeds are consistent across Canada in 3G, I'm more than happy with this for emergency internet use.

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