I'm on Fido with an iPhone 3GS (going to get the new one when it's released) and am wondering if I can tether an iPad. With my 2008 black Macbook, tethering doesn't seem to work with my 3GS. Not sure if it's Fido, my 3GS or my configuration process is wrong but I've followed tutorials and instructions and it doesn't work.
My main goal is to get online with an iPad on my morning commute where there is no WiFi.
My questions are if I get the new iPhone, can I:
1. tether a new iPad with it with a personal hotspot so I don't have to buy another data plan
2. use this with an iPad WiFi and not have to get a 4G one
3. tether using a Macbook Air or new Macbook Pro (I may decide to get this and not an iPad)
Also, which is better for iPad, Rogers or Fido? With Rogers, there's a datashare plan you have to get which I haven't found with Fido.
Tethering can be a real pain but it's worth it. With a little work, I got it to work with my 2007 White Macbook. All you have to do is delete the Network configuration of your iPhone and try again. It will once again detect your phone and this time it'll probably work. I believe you can tether your dataplan to pretty much anything using personal hotspot. Again, on my iPhone4, sometimes it doesn't work on the first try (the network named iPhone isn't visible), so sometimes toggling personal hotspot off, then on again will fix the problem.
I was looking into the iPad and was wondering if I could get a second SIM card to use with my gargantuan 6GB dataplan. Turns out nope, I'd have to purchase a new dataplan which I will never do, because I play enough for internet already. So I just tether and I find it works great. I've even watched fullscreen live sports streams on my Macbook through tethering to my iPhone! Eats up the data plan though so be careful!
Assuming that you haven't jailbroken your iPhone, you can share the data connection on the 3GS using USB or Bluetooth. This means that you can not tether an iPad to your 3GS. When I had the 3G, I found the USB connection to be more reliable, but your experience may be different.
With a newer iPhone, the answers to your three questions are yes, yes, and yes.
I was looking into the iPad and was wondering if I could get a second SIM card to use with my gargantuan 6GB dataplan. Turns out nope, I'd have to purchase a new dataplan which I will never do, because I play enough for internet already.
Really? I know a couple people who pay the 10$ to have two SIM cards on one plan. They did it ages ago though, to be fair.