I was reading the FAQs about the iPad, and if I'm reading correctly, it says that you can't tether with the iPad. I'm just trying to understand why that is.
Currently, when I travel I take my laptop and tether my iPhone to my laptop. I was hoping to buy an iPad as it is less bulky than the laptop and does everything I need, but that's no use to me if I can't tether. I don't want a data plan on both my iPhone and my iPad.
And FYI, I don't want to jailbreak it either, in case that's your answer.
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I to am tethering my iphone 3gs phone to my ipad 1, via bluetooth. I have the newest apple software on both, and no need to jailbreak. Just enable the Personal Hotspot on the iphone, and then connect the two devices with bluetooth. I found I have to use the ipad to connect to the iphone via bluetooth, not the other way around. I thought my ipad was basiclly an ebook until this came along, now it is my favorite travel companion.
In fact, it sounds like not only can you share your iPhone's connection to your iPad, that iPad also receives the GPS coordinates of the iPhone (since the wifi iPad doesn't have GPS) so the Maps app on the iPad becomes as accurate a GPS device as the iPhone. Imagine being in the car and your passenger can now turn on an iPad an see, accurately, where you are and help navigate off of a very large screen.
I'm talking about tethering the old fashioned way, with a cable from the iPhone to the iPad. I have an iPhone 3G, so I can't get OS 4.3.
what about bluetooth?
can the wifi ipad connect and tether to an iphone 3g via bluetooth - and "tether" or share the iphone data plan that way?
In summary : you are saying the sharing magic is a combination of iphone 4, ios4.3 and a rogers data plan over 1 gb?
Nice thinking bareeves, but wow it's as though they're forcing you to upgrade. I have a 6 GB dataplan which I hardly use!
So here's my new thought. I can upgrade to the 3GS for $99. By the sounds of it, that should work for tethering, no problem. Is there any aspect I haven't thought about that might not be a good idea to upgrade to a 3GS (which I understand can also create a hotspot, as it uses OS 4.3) instead of a 4?
I know that's a bit vague as far as questions go, but you guys seem to have all the bases covered, and I'm clearly out of my depth! Any and all thoughts are welcome (except jailbreaking! lol)