Easy internet iPhone tethering with Telstra!

April 2010 update:  Telstra (my cellphone provider in Australia) now allow tethering from the iPhone.  The only problem is that I can’t tether my iPhone to my iPad.  So… MyWi is the best option.  I ALWAYS have my phone with me so having a 3G iPad is crazy, an extra data plan when I already have one is stupid.  Just create a wifi network using MyWi on the iPhone and then connect to that network with the iPad…. Easy

UPDATE! Apple have killed the workaround detailed below with their 3.1.2 iPhone software update.  There is an alternate way to do it though (and it gives a great new feature!)  See this link

Found this last night on the web and gave it a try – works perfectly!  It could spell the end of my Bigpond wireless data USB dongle!


Type the following address straight into the Safari Browser on your iPhone.

Telstra with APN of ‘telstra.internet’

Telstra with APN of ‘telstra.IPH’

If you don’t know which APN to choose, use the first one.

Remember you need 3.0 GM installed to use this update. Apple could break it any day now and who knows once the public 3.0 software is released.

Nice fast connection, very easy to establish too!  Here’s a few screengrabs from my iPhone during the tethering process and when a connection is established.

Internet tethering option now available in Settings/General/Network

Internet tethering option now available in Settings/General/Network


Make sure you have bluetooth enabled on your notebook or use the USB option

The blue "Internet Tethering" banner informs you of your established connection

The blue "Internet Tethering" banner informs you of your established connection

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  1. #1 by Louis at June 17th, 2009

    Very Nice! Thanks a lot!
    How do you create the mobileconfig files?

  2. #2 by Rob Thomas at June 18th, 2009

    It’s actually even easier. Just to go http://bit.ly/telstra-iph (in safari, on the iphone) and accept the settings.

    You can also use http://bit.ly/telstra-inet if you want to use the telstra.internet apn

  3. #3 by Laurence at June 18th, 2009

    Thanks, works great.

    Just a note – the names of the files are reversed. The file named IPH has the ‘telstra.internet’ APN, and vice versa.

  4. #4 by ZenJabba at June 19th, 2009

    Glad I could help :) you have no idea how many people have downloaded the .mobileconfig files

  5. #5 by Trevor at June 27th, 2009

    As Above, the tethering message says “Additional usage charges may apply” . Does this mean that Telstra will do a Double Dip charge for using tethering.

  6. #6 by Cameron at June 27th, 2009

    I’m not sure about that however I think with a little bit of careful watching of the posts on the MacTalk iPhone forums [link] you will find it pretty easy to avoid that problem :-)

  7. #7 by Sean at June 29th, 2009

    Great work!
    As Laurence pointed out, IPA having ‘telstra.internet’ APN and vice versa, is that something we should switch around, ie telstra.IPH users should download the telstra.internet APN instead and vice versa?

  8. #8 by Cameron at June 29th, 2009

    I updated my 3G to a 3GS and even though I restores from the backup of my 3G I still had to re-enable tethering. This worked perfectly for me – http://forums.mactalk.com.au/31/66657-enable-tethering-noobs-3.html#post808075

  9. #9 by Anthony at September 14th, 2009

    I have been using this perfectly, but after I installed 3.1 and it does not seem to work – installs, but does not activate the Tethering option …

  10. #10 by Anthony at September 14th, 2009

    NOTE! Apple have seemingly disabled the ability to use these config files on firmware 3.1 . If you want to use this unoficial tethering method, do not upgrade! If you are already running 3.1, don’t bother trying this – it more than likely won’t work

  11. #11 by armando at September 14th, 2009

    hey can you fix for 3.1?

  12. #12 by Cameron at September 14th, 2009

    Anthony, thanks for the update. I fell for it unfortunately and updated to 3.1 without thinking. My tethering is now kaput too :-(
    Armando, no way to fix it at the moment unfortunately.. Sucks huh?

  13. #13 by armando at September 17th, 2009

    mm ok thanks do you know how install 3.0 in my iphone again? please if you have any information can you send an email (it@vendingsolutions.com.au) thanks mate

  14. #14 by Adam at November 4th, 2009

    Does not work anymore. Apple have locked down this as an option in their 3.1+ versions. Stick with 3.0 if you haven’t upgraded because apple also won’t allow you to downgrade from 3.1 to 3.0

    Why do they have to make life so hard for us? Almost every other phone thesedays allows you to do this for granted. I think my next phone will be a Windows Mobile device.

  15. #15 by Lithiiumflower at November 15th, 2009

    Here is a guide to patching for those of us who want the tether back on 3.1.2. Goodluck

  16. #16 by Lithiiumflower at November 15th, 2009

    I forgot if you need a jailbreak app http://blackra1n.com/ takes 10 seconds and anyone can do it has to be on 3.1.2 and it also can be used to unlock ur device on bb 05.xx Good luck

  17. #17 by Cameron at November 20th, 2009

    Telstra’s CEO has commented on tethering at http://bit.ly/4m5i17 – Interesting!

  18. #18 by Kevin at December 14th, 2009


  19. #20 by ClubPenguinCheats at April 15th, 2010

    The names of the files are reversed. The file named IPH has the ‘telstra.internet’ APN, and vice versa.

  20. #21 by forehead acne . at August 5th, 2010

    Thanks, works great.

    Just a note – the names of the files are reversed. The file named IPH has the ‘telstra.internet’ APN, and vice versa.

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