Apple, like most companies, doesn’t really offer Linux support, so it’s a great thing when the community can deliver much-desired functionality. By adding a repo and installing a package or two, you can get tethering working via USB or Bluetooth.
You can connect your iPhone to your laptop and share its 3G connection, allowing you to browse the internet in places without WiFi connectivity. This process is called tethering, and you may be required to pay a fee to your carrier to use your data this way. While jailbreak-only apps can enable this kind of functionality without going to your carrier, it remains debatable whether or not your carrier can tell if you are tethering or if this legal. If your mobile carrier finds out, you may be charged extra fees or be switched to a more expense “tethering allowed” data plan. You tether at your own risk; we’re not responsible for any charges you may accrue or other damages that may ensue.
With that being said, I’ve never known anyone personally who was charged for tethering using 3rd-party methods. I, myself, use MyWi to get the job done, and I’m sure to restrict my usage to reasonable amounts. I’ve never had any problems. We just wanted to give you some experience-based information. Again, you’re doing this at your own risk.
On Your iPhone
Be sure you have tethering enabled. You can get this enabled by chatting with a AT&T or Verizon representative and signing up for a plan that supports it.
Alternatively, if you’re jailbroken, you can install apps such as MyWi or iTether that enable this functionality for a nominal fee. One way or the other, you need to able to tether on your iPhone.
Pop open a terminal and enter the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa
Hit Enter, let it do its thing, then update:
sudo apt-get update
Now you can download and install the package we need to get things working:
sudo apt-get install ipheth-utils
Restart your computer. This will not work until after a restart.
If you’re tethering via Bluetooth, pair your iPhone with your computer before you enable it. If you’re using USB, enable tethering first, and then plug in the cable to your computer.
You’ll see a new wired interface pop up if you’re using USB, and it should automatically connect.
This may not work on its own with some systems. If you tried this method and you’re not getting anywhere, try uninstalling the package and then reinstalling it alongside some related ones:
sudo apt-get remove ipheth-utils
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get install gvfs ipheth-dkms ipheth-utils
After a restart, my second system connected fine using this method.
Do you tether your iPhone? Share your experiences in the comments.