Folks over at iTweakiOS who has previously released hacked carrier bundles to boost download speeds, and added HD voice has just announced that they’ve figured out a way to enable tethering/mobile Hotspot feature on iOS device without jailbreaking it.
Carriers currently charge their subscribers a monthly fee for the mobile tethering/hotspot feature or they need to jailbreak their devices and use jailbreak apps such as PdaNet, MyWi. There have also been a number of apps appeared in the app store with a hidden tethering feature, but have been quickly removed from the app store.
With this new hack, all you need is an iPhone or GSM enabled iPad running iOS 6 or iOS 7. Enabling tethering without jailbreaking is quite an achievement. Joe from iTweakiOS discusses the hack:
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 a while back talking about how CommCenter blocks edited carrier.plist files and I may have found a workaround 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.
The exploit used in this hack will soon be patched. The workaround involves editing .plist files where things can get a bit sticky, so it’s recommended to backup your devices before trying it.
If you want to try out the method, head over to iTweakiOS where you can find detailed instructions. Joseph has tried the method on T-Mobile so far, but seems quite confident that it will work on all GSM carriers. He also recommends an unlimited data plan.