How To: iPhone Tethering on Ubuntu 9.10 via Bluetooth

by on January 13, 2010
in iPhone, Linux, Tips and Tricks




iphone-3giPhone tethering on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is now possible! You can easily tether your iPhone 3G or 3GS running on iPhone 3.0 or 3.1.x firmware with your laptop/netbook running on Ubuntu 9.10.

If you’re running 3.0 then you can do this without jail breaking your phone by installing a modified carrier profile. However, if you’re on OS 3.1+ then you will need to jail break your phone to install the modified carrier profile.

iPhone Tethering on Ubuntu 9.10 Using Bluetooth

Here’s a simple tutorial on how you can tether your iPhone on Ubuntu 9.10 via Bluetooth. Just follow the steps below and you will be connected in no time!

Tethering iPhone on Ubnutu via Bluetooth is really simple as pairing two iPhones. You will need to install a new Bluetooth manager aptly named “blueman” from the Blueman Project PPA repository.

Run the following commands to install Blueman.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:blueman/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blueman

After the installation finishes, open the “Bluetooth Manager” which can be found in the “System>Preferences” menu.

Now turn on bluetooth on your iPhone and make it discoverable. In the “Bluetooth Manager” program press the “search” button and the list should be populated with nearby discoverable Bluetooth devices. Locate your iPhone 3G(S) from the list, select it, and press the “Keys” (pair) button above it.

Once paired, press the diamond on Bluetooth Manager to trust your iPhone. Now on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering and turn it on.

In the Bluetooth Manager program on your computer, right click on your iPhone and select “Network Access Point” from the option “Connect to:” it will work and hopefully give you a “Connection Established” message.

Your phone should now be connected and ready to use your iPhone’s data connection on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) using Bluetooth.

Also See: iPhone Tethering on Ubuntu 9.10 via USB

[Via Ubuntu Geek]

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  • I use ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) and I'd like to know how I can send files from my cell to the PC. I have installed the device but it only works one way, I can recieve data sent from my PC but cant transfer pics etc to the PC from my cell. Can u offer some advise? and I've even installed bluman instead of the default bluetooth software.

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  • Nice and simple steps provided to jailbreak an iPhone, i thought the procedure in this OS would be difficult but the steps are easy to follow.