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3.1.2 Firmware Update Removes Rogers/Fido Tethering?

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Just a few days ago I finally had the time to update my iPhone 3GS to 3.1.2 firmware via PwnageTool 3.1.4. Why didn’t I just click ‘Update’ within iTunes? Well, that’s because I want my modem firmware to remain fully unlockable.

By restoring with a custom 3.1.2 firmware via PwnageTool, I can still unlock my iPhone–which is extremely important should I consider moving to Telus/Bell in the future.

Did the 3.1.2 Firmware Update Remove Your Rogers/Fido Tethering Capabilities?

Leading up to my 3.1.2 update, I had read instances here and there of people losing the ability to tether with their iPhones. The first time was from my Uncle’s iPhone 3GS on Fido. Next up, I heard about people losing their tethering on Rogers via twitter.

So when I did my custom firmware update to 3.1.2, did I lose my tethering ability too? Nope. Tethering worked fine over the USB cable on my MacBook Pro, but I had some issues getting Bluetooth to work. Either way, I was still able to tether.

Why Did I Lose My Ability to Tether on Rogers/Fido With My iPhone?

The only reason I can think of is that included with the 3.1.2 update via iTunes is a new Roger/Fido IPCC file. This file contains instructions on whether or now your phone will be allowed to tether or not. As for why only certain iPhones show that tethering can be even turned on, that is a mystery to me.

To solve your tethering situation, you can call into Rogers/Fido and get them to enable tethering on your account, as long as your data plan is 1GB or higher.

So, let’s take this to a poll! Answer the following…

Can you tether on 3.1.2?
iPhone 3G/3GS?
Jailbroken via PwnageTool/blackra1n?
Rogers or Fido?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • Just me

    iPhone 3GS, Rogers, jailbroken with blackra1n, YES I can tether on 3.1.2.

  • iPhone 3GS, Rogers, jailbroken with blackra1n, YES I can tether on 3.1.2. same ……

  • Daver

    iPhone 3GS, legit update via iTunes to 3.1.2 (no illegal stuff hahaha), FULL TETHERING ACCESS STILL on Rogers

  • montymon

    Can you tether on 3.1.2? Yes
    iPhone 3G/3GS? Both
    Jailbroken via PwnageTool/blackra1n? No
    Rogers or Fido? Rogers

    Both my 3GS and my son's 3G tether just fine after having updated to 3.1.2

  • iPhone 3G. 3.1.2 Legit. Yes, I have been able to tether through USB and Bluetooth on my macbook (SL)

  • rorypiper

    Yeah, I did a legit update, then jailbroke with blackra1n. All is good.

  • Carl

    Everything is legit, I don't have it jailbroken currently… and it just removed my ability to tether. I will call on Monday and tell them to re-enable it.

  • Turbo

    3GS with 3.1.2 JB via Pwnage tool.
    Still able to theter via USB
    Can't pair BT and MacBook for some reason…

  • I am in the same boat. USB tethering on my MacBook with SL works fine. Bluetooth does not!

  • The iphones with its wide range of facilities have already been accepted as an effective tool of the contemporary communication.

  • Flaxx

    I've stuck to 3.01 (JB via redsn0w) because I can use unsigned IPCC (Carrier settings) files. With 3.1 and greater, you have to use signed carrier settings. This is a moot point right now for Canadians, except for people with 500mb data plans that want to be able to tether (risky), but after December, Rogers/Fido/Telus/Bell may want to charge extra for tethering and all you v3.1+ users will just have to eat it, unless the Devteam come out with a hack/exploit (highly probable since MuscleNerd tethers and is currently on v3.01 only because of this; he will likely find a way to upgrade soon). I also don't like all the commotion about poor battery life on v3.1+. If stupid Apple let me downgrade, I'd try the new firmware out to see if I experience poor battery life, but I have no ECID/SHSH for v3.0 or v3.01 to downgrade/restore with.

  • danny

    i was not able to tether after update…but i found a source that provided instructions on how to enable it again.

  • Tim

    Bluetooth tethering wasn’t working for me either but it was this that solved the problem for me: “after pressing pair on the iphone once the confirmation code had appeared it was not obvious you then had to press continue again within the bluetooth setup, thus timing both devices out.”

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-734110.html

  • Tim

    Bluetooth tethering wasn’t working for me either but it was this that solved the problem for me: “after pressing pair on the iphone once the confirmation code had appeared it was not obvious you then had to press continue again within the bluetooth setup, thus timing both devices out.”

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-734110.html

  • Tim

    Bluetooth tethering wasn’t working for me either but it was this that solved the problem for me: “after pressing pair on the iphone once the confirmation code had appeared it was not obvious you then had to press continue again within the bluetooth setup, thus timing both devices out.”

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-734110.html

  • Tim

    Bluetooth tethering wasn’t working for me either but it was this that solved the problem for me: “after pressing pair on the iphone once the confirmation code had appeared it was not obvious you then had to press continue again within the bluetooth setup, thus timing both devices out.”

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-734110.html

  • bcb

    iPhone 3GS, OS 3.1.2, Rogers, non-JB

    BT tethering works fine, both before and after 3.1.2 update

  • WidowMaker

    3.1.2 on a 3gs updated through itunes, tethering works fine….

  • ltj

    I agree with Raxx. The question is not whether you can tether with 3.1.2 but whether you can tether without Rogers/Fido authorization.

    If not some day you'll be paying for it.

  • Mike

    Can you tether on 3.1.2? Yes
    iPhone 3G/3GS? 3G and 3GS
    Jailbroken via PwnageTool/blackra1n? Pwnage Tool
    Rogers or Fido? Rogers and Fido

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Can you “unlock” a 3.1 ECID SHSH using pwnage 3.1.4? I'm already jailbroken using blackra1n. Has anyone figured out/”cracked” the unlock yet? Thanks.

  • Jamez33

    I can tether fine. I’m on Rogers, iPhone 3gs 32gb 3.1.2 jailbroken with blackra!n. I am on the 2 GB plan. According to the Rogers website you need to have more than a 500mb plan in order tether so I think that could be the problem. The recent 3.1.2 probably locked tethering for 500mb and lesser data plans?

  • Rob

    Can you tether on 3.1.2?
    Yes
    iPhone 3G/3GS?
    3Gs
    Jailbroken via PwnageTool/blackra1n?
    No
    Rogers or Fido?
    Fido

  • yamiya

    Yes it sucks. I found a way to over come it and I tried to post it in Apple discussion site. Guess what? Apple remove my post. Here's the email I received from them. Below is the solution to your problem.

    Your post was removed from Apple Discussions as it contained feedback or feature requests. These areas are intended to address technical issues about Apple products. Although your feedback is appreciated, unfortunately these forums are not designed for it and your thoughts/concerns will not get the attention they deserve.

    If you would like to send feedback to Apple about a product, please use the appropriate selection at http://www.apple.com/feedback/
    As part of submitting feedback, please read the Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy linked to the feedback page.

    Sometimes you have comments or concerns for which there is no technical response. If you need the kind of help that a troubleshooting expert can't provide, you can call Apple's Customer Relations group.

    Apple Discussions Staff

    ++++++++++

    This message is sent from a send-only email account. Any replies sent to this address are deleted automatically by the system.

    ———-

    A copy of your message for reference:

    I think Apple is becoming more and more annoying like Microsoft. So many restrictions on so many things. When will Steve Jobs learn to make things more normal?

    I am running on Macbook 13″ Aluminium, 10.6.1 with all updates, iPhone 3.1.2. I was able to do tethering thru bluetooth on 3.0. But after upgrading to 3.1.2 I can't pair my iPhone to Mac anymore. The cable method still works.

    Anyway I able to solve the problem in a very doggy fashion. Here's how.

    1. Click the bluetooth icon on the menu bar, select set up bluetooth devices.
    2. It will search iPhone, click continue, attempting to pair with iPhone blar blar blar, don't click pair on iPhone, just let it time out.
    3. On mac, it will prompt you an error saying blar blar blar in red text. Don't bother that. Click the passcode options select do not use a passcode with this device.
    4. remember to clear the iPhone error message before continue on mac.
    5. Ok. you should now be able to “pair” mac with iPhone. go under tethering in iPhone, turn it on.
    6. now go to the bluetooth icon in menu bar again. Select iPhone -> Connect to network. It will pop up a menu saying some passcode thingy. Click Yes! and it works!, for now, until another firmware upgrade…

    Anyway I still can't get it to work on my old Mac running 10.5.8. Argh… I hate cables.

  • Anonymous

    Yes it sucks. I found a way to over come it and I tried to post it in Apple discussion site. Guess what? Apple remove my post. Here’s the email I received from them. Below is the solution to your problem.

    Your post was removed from Apple Discussions as it contained feedback or feature requests. These areas are intended to address technical issues about Apple products. Although your feedback is appreciated, unfortunately these forums are not designed for it and your thoughts/concerns will not get the attention they deserve.

    If you would like to send feedback to Apple about a product, please use the appropriate selection at http://www.apple.com/feedback/
    As part of submitting feedback, please read the Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy linked to the feedback page.

    Sometimes you have comments or concerns for which there is no technical response. If you need the kind of help that a troubleshooting expert can’t provide, you can call Apple’s Customer Relations group.

    Apple Discussions Staff

    ++++++++++

    This message is sent from a send-only email account. Any replies sent to this address are deleted automatically by the system.

    ———-

    A copy of your message for reference:

    I think Apple is becoming more and more annoying like Microsoft. So many restrictions on so many things. When will Steve Jobs learn to make things more normal?

    I am running on Macbook 13″ Aluminium, 10.6.1 with all updates, iPhone 3.1.2. I was able to do tethering thru bluetooth on 3.0. But after upgrading to 3.1.2 I can’t pair my iPhone to Mac anymore. The cable method still works.

    Anyway I able to solve the problem in a very doggy fashion. Here’s how.

    1. Click the bluetooth icon on the menu bar, select set up bluetooth devices.
    2. It will search iPhone, click continue, attempting to pair with iPhone blar blar blar, don’t click pair on iPhone, just let it time out.
    3. On mac, it will prompt you an error saying blar blar blar in red text. Don’t bother that. Click the passcode options select do not use a passcode with this device.
    4. remember to clear the iPhone error message before continue on mac.
    5. Ok. you should now be able to “pair” mac with iPhone. go under tethering in iPhone, turn it on.
    6. now go to the bluetooth icon in menu bar again. Select iPhone -> Connect to network. It will pop up a menu saying some passcode thingy. Click Yes! and it works!, for now, until another firmware upgrade…

    Anyway I still can’t get it to work on my old Mac running 10.5.8. Argh… I hate cables.

  • Anonymous

    Yes it sucks. I found a way to over come it and I tried to post it in Apple discussion site. Guess what? Apple remove my post. Here’s the email I received from them. Below is the solution to your problem.

    Your post was removed from Apple Discussions as it contained feedback or feature requests. These areas are intended to address technical issues about Apple products. Although your feedback is appreciated, unfortunately these forums are not designed for it and your thoughts/concerns will not get the attention they deserve.

    If you would like to send feedback to Apple about a product, please use the appropriate selection at http://www.apple.com/feedback/
    As part of submitting feedback, please read the Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy linked to the feedback page.

    Sometimes you have comments or concerns for which there is no technical response. If you need the kind of help that a troubleshooting expert can’t provide, you can call Apple’s Customer Relations group.

    Apple Discussions Staff

    ++++++++++

    This message is sent from a send-only email account. Any replies sent to this address are deleted automatically by the system.

    ———-

    A copy of your message for reference:

    I think Apple is becoming more and more annoying like Microsoft. So many restrictions on so many things. When will Steve Jobs learn to make things more normal?

    I am running on Macbook 13″ Aluminium, 10.6.1 with all updates, iPhone 3.1.2. I was able to do tethering thru bluetooth on 3.0. But after upgrading to 3.1.2 I can’t pair my iPhone to Mac anymore. The cable method still works.

    Anyway I able to solve the problem in a very doggy fashion. Here’s how.

    1. Click the bluetooth icon on the menu bar, select set up bluetooth devices.
    2. It will search iPhone, click continue, attempting to pair with iPhone blar blar blar, don’t click pair on iPhone, just let it time out.
    3. On mac, it will prompt you an error saying blar blar blar in red text. Don’t bother that. Click the passcode options select do not use a passcode with this device.
    4. remember to clear the iPhone error message before continue on mac.
    5. Ok. you should now be able to “pair” mac with iPhone. go under tethering in iPhone, turn it on.
    6. now go to the bluetooth icon in menu bar again. Select iPhone -> Connect to network. It will pop up a menu saying some passcode thingy. Click Yes! and it works!, for now, until another firmware upgrade…

    Anyway I still can’t get it to work on my old Mac running 10.5.8. Argh… I hate cables.

  • fortboy

    Just this morning I'm not able to tether. It connects but no data transmission. Can't open any page. I'm on Rogers , with 3GS, 3.1.2 jailbroken. It was just smooth before. Phoned Rogers no luck can browse on phone but not on tether. Tried every knowen way out no luck :(. Any one have idea what could be wrong?

  • shchvova

    Nope, I have no jailbreak my iPhone and Tethering works ok with update on Fido.

  • shchvova

    Nope, I have no jailbreak my iPhone and Tethering works ok with update on Fido.

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