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iPhone OS 3.0 Beta: MMS & Tethering

[UPDATE]

You can view an updated version of this thread here.

So iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 is out … but before you go and upgrade, you may want to read on. MMS and Tethering are built into the current betas of OS 3.0, and we have discovered how to access them.

Download the appropriate ipcc file for your operator;
UK – o2
USA – AT&T
USA – T-Mobile
CA – Fido

Open iTunes, shift+click (on pc) / alt+click (on mac) restore and select the ipcc file. iTunes will say “Updating carrier settings” for a couple of second. Restart your iPhone – you now have MMS and Tethering!

Just turn on tethering in ‘Settings > General > Networking > Internet Tethering’, you can either use Bluetooth by pairing your phone with your computer, or you can simply plug in the USB cable and your mac should pop-up a message informing you that a new network device detected. It’s that simple, perfectly automated.

MMS on the other hand may take a little tweaking. To turn on MMS messaging, go to ‘Settings > General > Messages”; here you have the options to turn on MMS and/or subject lines. If you try and send an MMS message, your iPhone will ask you to go to ‘Settings > Phone’ and enter your mobile number. After doing this, you should be able to send MMS messages, network permitting. If you still can’t send MMS message, you’ll need to call your operator and get MMS enabled on your line.

  • jwalchli1

    When attempting to download the AT&T ipcc
    I get a MSG that says Safari can not download
    this file. Perhaps I am doing something wrong.
    Any ideas on this?

  • http://RukCooray.com/ Ruk

    Hey jwalchli1 Have you tried registering and then logging in to quickPWN first? I just downloaded it fine

  • Jolie

    I have the other version of iTunes (the one before the beta 5) and it still won't let me use the ipcc file…it shows up but the option is greyed out. Any ideas?

    Thanks

  • http://www.calvinrobinson.co.uk/ Calvin Robinson

    Take a screenshot, let's see if we can help you.

  • http://shaiperednik.com/ Shai
  • http://SRCLDN.com/ Ruk

    Two options I'm thinking you could do, maybe get the latest beta version of itunes (8.2b7) cos that's what I had when I did it. and the other option is you could try installing the latest OS 3.0 GM Seed, I'm about to do that now, will let you know how it goes.

  • Tommo

    This method does indeed work to enable tethering here on O2. The problem in the UK at least as of today is that using the old O2 ipcc file which enables tethering disables MMS on OS 3.0 GM … there must be incompatible settings in the ipcc file with the current method by which O2 are deploying MMS on the iPhone. Even when you edit them manually in the Carrier Settings page on the iPhone back to what they were pre-installing the ipcc file, MMS is still disabled, so it must be something deeper in the ipcc file which is causing the incompatibility.

    Any way of producing a new custom ipcc file for O2 for the new 3.0 GM which will enable tethering but not also lose MMS functionality?

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  • Chris

    Why dont people just jailbreak their phones and then download PDA net through Cydia?

    It allows you to connect the phone to a laptop using wireless network and use it as a modem for free ;-)

  • Stuart

    is there a t-mobile uk ipcc ?

  • http://www.calvinrobinson.co.uk/ Calvin Robinson

    No because the iPhone isn't available for T-Mobile in the UK. You'll have to edit your own settings in the menus if you want to try and get that to work. Let us know if you have any luck.

  • SCOTT

    will this work on O2 pre pay on a 2G iPHONE?

  • FIDO SUCKS

    Anyone have any luck with FIDO???

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