It may happen that we are in areas not covered by WiFi or that our provider has problems and we urgently need to use the internet from our PC. Luckily we have our Android smartphone which with very few actions can turn into a router (Hotspot o tethering) WiFi, bluetooth or via USB cable. Unfortunately, however, our operator could impose a big limit, or rather a big price to pay to take advantage of the tethering of our terminal. This is the case of Vodafone which, after activating the tethering - WiFi or USB that is - sends us a very nice SMS message with something like this:
"We remind you that the active Mobile Internet promotion on your number does not include connections made using the access point web.omnitel.it"
and we will be stolen well 4 € from our credit.
But if I really need a connection, I really have to pay 4 euro ?? No!
There are more ways to remedy the problem: change APN (and I'll talk about it in this guide, with a secure method at 100%) or use applications that allow us to navigate without paying anything more than we already pay with the active offer on our SIM. An excellent application for free Vodafone tethering is definitely Tether and now we will see how to configure it on Ubuntu, although in reality it also works under Windows and Mac.
Download Clockwork Tether from the Playstore | Link
First of all we must point out that the application is not completely free; it's actually a trial version the one available on the Play Store, and exactly lets you take advantage of tethering for up to 15 days with the limit of 20 MB per day. Now let's see how to configure it rather than get lost in chatter, but first I recommend you activate the internet block from the PC from the Vodafone site just to avoid paying 4 €.
Vodafone tethering on Ubuntu
The installation and configuration of Tether on Android does not require any explanation, as once installed it is ready to do its duty. What we need to do instead is download the application for our PC, depending on our operating system.
After a tap on the red question mark at the bottom, we choose the first option Download Tether for PC and then we select our OS, in this case Linux. Without this the download will start immediately and we will find the file - tether-linux.tgz - on Android in the folder SDcard / Clockworkmod / Tether.
Now we just have to copy it to the PC and install it.
For convenience, we can move the file to the home and, to simplify everything even further, we can rename the file to tether.tgz or in any other name. Assuming that the name is the one just written, we will have to execute the following commands to unpack, configure and compile the file. Each of them must be executed with super user permissions.
sudo tar zxvf tether.tgz
will unpack the file and we will find all the contents in the / Tether folder. We will need to move to this folder, exactly in the / node subfolder. If you have also placed the file in the home, you will have to access it with the following command, otherwise you will have to modify the command with the exact path / path / Tether / node
cd Tether / node
at this point we can start configuring and compiling the file with the following two commands
sudo ./configure sudo make
The last operation will take a few minutes to finish, we wait for the end and we can finally start the application:
cd cd Tether sudo linux / run.sh
Now our PC is ready to connect, so we press the USB symbol of Tether on Android and connect the smartphone to the PC. As soon as the connection is established, the symbol will turn green and the data transferred at the bottom will be shown: we are connected. The Ubuntu terminal will always have to remain open until the end of the connection for it to work; now we can use the Free Vodafone tethering!
This is a good workaround to use Vodafone tethering for free, without any additional cost and without changing your settings. It is also an application that works without ROOT permissions, so accessible to everyone. Obviously the modification of the APN offers more advantages because it also allows the use of the WiFI hotspot
and therefore we will dedicate an article about it 😉
For Hotspots and Tethering unlocked definitively, read on.