Many cell phone and wireless providers use to offer tethering services for free, which was just simply a feature that came included with a normal cell phone plan. This was very awesome, considering that most people only use services like tethering occasionally.
Now, many wireless providers act more like credit card debt collectors than companies that are aimed at providing a service to the consumer, charging your for every MB of data that you use, closing the doors on unlimited data plans, and of course charging a monthly fee for tethering. In today’s post, we will list various options that you have, which will add tethering to your devices, without the monthly fee.
There are several ways to add tethering capabilities, here are some of the most popular:
Jailbreaking manipulates the restrictive software and firmware that wireless carriers and phone manufacturers impose on devices like tablets and smartphones, and removes many of the restrictions. This allows device owners to do more with their devices, but many warn about jailbreaking, because if not done correctly, you can brick your device, rendering it useless, and you may also void your warranty.
A jailbroken phone can be restored to factory settings/can be un-jailbroken, also, should you ever want to restore the phone to default settings. There are plenty of specific jailbreaking tutorials on the net, so we won’t go into extreme detail on how to jailbreak specific devices.
With a jailbroken device, you can usually download an app that will allow for free tethering, or simply enable tethering on the device without a monthly fee. For example, with Apple’s iPhone, the Mobile Hotspot feature will be locked if you don’t have a monthly tethering plan through your wireless provider. However, jailbreaking an iPhone will remove the lock, free of charge.
There are certain apps that you can download which will add tethering functionality to your favorite devices. Tether.com, for example, does charge for their tethering apps, but the price is only $30.00 a year, just a fraction of the cost of a monthly tethering plan from a carrier.
Not every app costs money though, some are completely free. For example, if you have an Android smartphone, you can use the FoxFi app to enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Hotspot, without having to have a plan from your carrier. This service can be downloaded directly from Google Play.
There are a few devices on the market that specialize in Wi-Fi Hotspot and even 3G or 4G. One example is the Cradlepoint WiPipe, which only costs around $50.00. With a device like the WiPipe, you can tether all of your devices, create a mobile hotspot, etc… without having a monthly tethering plan.
Those are just a few of many different ways to get free tethering on your favorite devices. Thank you for stopping by the site for today’s post. If anyone knows of any other methods for obtaining free tethering, feel free to leave a comment in order to help others.