Being an owner of a jailbroken iPhone, I thought I could save some money when purchasing a Kindle by choosing the WiFi only version. Stupidly, I didn’t do my research ahead of time and was quite disappointed to learn that the Ad-Hoc network created by MyWi is not supported by the Kindle. It can see the network, but when attempting to connect you will receive an error stating that the type of network is not supported. I later found out that the same was true for my new Google Chrome Cr48 Netbook. Installing Ubuntu Linux on it solved that problem, but that’s a topic for a whole different post.
I debated an exchange for the 3G Kindle, but I refused to give in just on principal. I am normally within range of a WiFi network, but with more time being spent at my girlfriends house in the woods of Pennsylvania, I knew there would come I time when I wished for the 3G model. My temporary workaround was to use MyWi on the iPhone to tether to my laptop. Then transfer books from my laptop to the Kindle via USB. A somewhat tedious process, but it worked for the few occasions where I really needed it.
But that has all changed.
Those were the days when I was running iOS 4.1 on my phone. With the release of iOS 4.3, Apple introduced the Personal WiFi Hotspot, which will enable a true infrastructure mode WiFi hotspot. This type of hotspot should be compatible with just about any WiFi device out there including the Kindle. But of course, it comes with a $20 per month increase on your wireless bill. Luckily for us, shortly after the release of iOS 4.3, the developers of MyWi announced version 4.6 which added the following:
MyWi 4.6 New features (iPhone4 with iOS 4.2.6+)
- Infrastructure Mode with 802.11N (up to 10x faster speeds)
- WiFi to WiFi Bridging
- WPA2 Security
Finally, my tethering needs have been fulfilled. I tested the latest version using my Kindle and it worked perfectly. This app is packed with features. Tethering options obviously include WiFi, but also USB and now Bluetooth. It’s very easy to use and has worked flawlessly for me. It is highly recommended for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone. MyWi is available through Cydia, and you can find more info here.
Just be warned that using MyWi may violate your wireless carriers terms of service.