by Joe White
July 8, 2013
One new hack promises to allow iDevice owners to enable Personal Hotspot on an iOS 6- or iOS 7-powered iPhone or iPad free of charge, using a method that doesn't even require one's smartphone or tablet to be jailbroken. Put together by iTweakiOS, who recently improved network performance for iPhones connected to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile (while also activating HD Voice for a couple of networks, too), the method allows iDevice owners to enable the Internet tethering feature on their smartphone or tablet without requiring a jailbreak. The website explains:
So you want free hotspot on your iPhone or iPad but don’t have a jailbroken device, huh? Well, I come with good news for a lot of you today. Many of you may remember a story I put out awhile back talking about how CommCenter blocks edited carrier.plist files and I may have found a work aroun to get things like personal hotspot enabled. Well, I’ve found the solution, but first, let’s talk about why CommCenter blocks plist editing. This happens because of the very thing we’re doing right now, which i suspect will likely be patched quickly by iOS 7 GM release time. People were enabling tethering by modifying the original carrier.plist files and this stopped entirely when Apple implemented signatures into the carrier.plist files and creating what we all know as CommCenter which is the process that checks these signatures. So, the challenge was finding a way to enable hotspot without CommCenter checks and verifications. After months of research and digging, I’ve finally found a genuine workaround to enable this great feature and its quite simple, really.So far, the method has been tested on iDevices connected to GSM networks and T-Mobile, and limited data users are advised to keep an eye on their usage in order to avoid incurring charges through Personal Hotspot. Full instructions are detailed at iTweakiOS, though iDevice users should, as always, proceed with caution when it comes to applying hacked carrier updates. Be sure to back up your iPhone or iPad before proceeding, and follow the aforementioned instructions to the letter. Good luck! For more of today's news, see: Target Now Offering Free Gift Cards With iDevice, Apple TV Purchases, Day 1: Infinity Blade II And More Go Free In Celebration Of App Store's 5th Anniversary, and Today's Best Apps: Laser Chambers, Prison Break Run And 8 Bubbles.