‘PdaNet’ Updated to Hide Tethering from Carriers

PdaNet

Popular jailbreak tool PdaNet has just been updated to introduce a nice new feature that hides iPhone tethering usage from its carrier. The update comes as AT&T begins a crackdown on customers who illegally use their device’s data connection without paying for a tethering plan.

To identify illegal tethering, AT&T looks at the type of packets hitting its network; any packet that doesn’t come from an iPhone is checked and warnings are then sent to the offenders informing them they must cease their wrongdoing or be billed for their use.

PdaNet’s new feature works by masking those packets and making the carrier believe they’re coming from an iPhone, and that all of their subscribers are being good boys and girls.

As well as packet masking, the 5.00 update allows multiple Wi-Fi connections and has been rewritten to offer the best possible performance and quash any bugs.

MyWi users shouldn’t be too downhearted; it surely won’t be long before this application follows with a similar feature.

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  • SavedByTechnology

    MyWi is the most expensive Cydia app I have. I’m not complaining about the up-front cost, but for $20, Intelliborn should have had the tether masking out before PdaNet. And if or when Intelliborn gets around to the update, IT BETTER BE FREE.

  • HammyHavoc

    Agreed. This is what happens though; The best at the time soon becomes the worst. People get lazy and think that it iss okay to stop innovating and staying with the times.

  • Guingui Miguel

    this is the best f*ucking news i heard all day lol

  • JohnCar

    Tried downloading PDANet tonight, but the program refuses to start. What puzzles me is that the picture above shows version being 5.0 while the one in Cydia is shown to be 1.61-6. Any ideas?

  • Jason

    I have an iPhone 4 GSM on iOS 4.2.1 with Cydia 2.0, I see all the PDANet’s as version 5.0.1. Sources is Modmyi. I dl’ed it and it opens. Havent tried hotspot feature yet but will later

  • disapointed

    i am normally a mywi user but this feature seemed appealing so i switched to pdanet today, the only problem i have had is because it thinks the data packs belong to the iphone, all the websites on your computer become the mobile version like google or youtube
    this kind of bothered me so i switched back

  • Mos

    I thought I read that MiWi ALREADY did this. Can anybody confirm/deny?

  • Gabrielle

    I used PdaNet for just 3 minutes last week and the day after I received a text from ATT saying they would change my plan for doing tethering.

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