iPad2 as WiFi access point

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  1. fre_ber

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    Hi, one can easily turn an iPhone4 into a WiFi access point by enabling Internet sharing in Settings. Why is this feature not available on my iPad2 with OS version 4.3.3?

    I read somewhere that the 3G provider needs to allow this, but empirical testing show that this isn't the full truth. A colleague of mine has an iPhone4, I think the OS version he has is 4.3, and he can enable Internet sharing on his device. I borrowed his SIM card and inserted it in my iPad2 but the Internet sharing option still doesn't show up.

    What did I miss, or did Apple drop the ball?
     
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    Apple enabled that feature only for iPhone 4... The only way to Teher your connection is to jailbreak
     
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    ...which, of course isn't possible yet. :(

    Thanks for the quick response, but does anyone know what "reasoning" Apple might have, backing this silly decision?

    I find it very limiting, being forced to move my SIM card between my laptop and iPad just to access the Internet and I most definitively won't get another SIM card. The cheap plan I have doesn't include a "twin" SIM card and paying for an additional plan is out of the question.
     
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    You just have to wait for comex... He's going to release it at jailbreakme.com in a few weeks
     
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    Hehe, I am hoping for it, but the extremely loose definition of "few" is a bit annoying. ;)
     
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    i know xD but comex said he's going to release it today!!
     
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    It's called the profit motive. You may have heard of it. Apple obviously has.
     
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    If your laptop has WiFi then you could set that up as a WiFi hotspot and connect your iPad that way. It's very easy to set up any PC with 3G connectivity as a WiFi hotspot.

    Tim
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I know that I can connect to an ad-hoc WiFi network hosted by my laptop, but that implies that I have to put the SIM card in my PC and since I mostly want it in my iPad I'd have to move it around between devices. I also experienced firewall issues, those issues could possibly be worked around, but at a cost of complexity.

    I don't understand what profit motive you think Apple has concerning this, though. It isn't as if Apple makes any profit from this. It is even more ridiculous that they enabled it on the iPhone4 and not the iPad2. If they kept it blocked on both devices, the strategy might possibly make some sense, but this is just oppressing the customers. I guess Apple is being Apple. :(

    I suppose that I'll just have to wait for a jailbreak or Apple to come to their senses.
     

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