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How to Get Free Wifi Tether on ICS T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989!

For those of you who want to get free wifi tethering on ICS with T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989, you can easily do it by freezing or un-installing the Tethering Provisioning app using the Titanium Backup app.

Just freeze (with Pro version) or just un-install (with free version) and voila, you can use the native wifi tethering app on your T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989.

Remember, all data you use “still count” under your data plan, this just allows you to not have to pay additional tethering fees from T-Mobile, which is ridiculous anyways, why are they charging customers TWICE for the internet they paid for already?


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52 Responses to How to Get Free Wifi Tether on ICS T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989!

  1. Paul says:

    This method did not work at all for me. I went through all the steps, I got a Green Pass in Odin, everything seems to have worked, except once I’m booted up and running the OS I don’t have su.

    Any suggestions??


  2. Paul says:

    Sorry, I posted this on the wrong page. I already knew how to get rid of the tethering app from when I did it on Gingerbread.

    thanks anyway.

  3. Chad says:

    I don’t think this is 100% correct? I have ICS and I don’t seem to have “Tethering Provisioning” on my phone.
    I have Wifi sharing manager 1.1 and Wifi sharing 1.1 and wifi Direct 1.1
    Darkside UCLE2.B07

    • Max says:

      sorry this is only for stock ics hotspot should work on darkside without doing this.

      • Jeff says:

        I downloaded Darkside v.5 on 6/24/12. Last mode tethering worked fine the first time I tried it without doing any modifications. 8 hours later, no problem for 15 mins….then TMobile adds start popping up.

        Went into titanium (free version) and uninstalled tethering MANAGER. this does not still the TMobile adds for tethering. Any ideas?

    • Vito says:

      I had this same problem until I noticed it towards the top. Tethering Provisions is not towards the bottom of the list like it should be in alphabetical order. Try looking a little higher up just a few spots higher above the file named Accounts for titanium backup. Does that make sense?

  4. Tommy says:

    Just wanted to let you guys know that this might not work. My case may be an isolated incident, but I rooted my phone (it tuns stock ICS), froze the “Tethering Provisioning” app via Titanium Backup and tethering worked, but after a while I kept getting the upsell page from T-Mobile requiring me to purchase a tethering plan.

  5. Nick Spencer says:

    I don’t know what else to do. I have rooted my phone…installed titanium and froze my tether I have even installed a custom rom and STILL T-Mobile is catching me and trying to make me pay for tethering. I really think I have been defeated.

  6. Ceasar says:

    That worked GREAT, thanks :)

  7. TmobileBlockedME says:

    I followed the instructions and uninstalled the tether provision – now Tmobile has blocked my internet access. I cant access on my mobile and i restored the uninstall in titanium and im still blocked. One of my apps says xml failure…anyone know what to do?

  8. TmobileBlockedME says:

    also, i have stock ICS…

  9. Franck says:

    Y no new posts?

  10. Brent says:

    Anyone know if there are any new rom builds using the tmobile ics?

  11. Patrick says:

    This only works after rooting right? My SGS2 was rooted prior to the ICS update, but now I can fire up Titanium. I guess the root access is gone?

  12. ben says:

    I had to use the darkside evolution 3 rom. just doing the steps above didn’t work for me, but once i used the rom, no problem.

  13. roeun lan says:

    the lock screen sumtimes does not lock at all..

  14. Jimmy says:

    Hey, does this work for gingerbread also or is it ics only?

  15. John says:

    This works fine. Also would like the option of using USB with a Cradlepoint Router. Any good ideas for a work around? BTW – I’ve been using FoxFi (prefer it) for wireless. Sometimes have to use a VPN or setup a tunnel to get by the network operators sniffing. Also I have found that using Opera browser works well too. Good Luck…

  16. jstout says:

    I have installed Darkside Evolution ICS ROM and Titanium Backup app . I ran it as root did not see “Tethering Manager” so i started the usb hot spot and this is what i got .
    Free T-Mobile Msg: Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (Tethering) access has been blocked. Please add Smartphone Mobile HotSpot service available here.
    Any one have a clue ?

  17. jstout says:

    You know what i don’t get is wtf are the chaging for this on some phones and not on others

  18. Steven says:

    Quick Question if ur tethering using ur´╗┐ mobile to play xbox live or PSN will they find you or block you? is there there a way to block them from knowing ur playing? Thanks for time

  19. Phil says:

    If tmobile is snooping on your traffic to see if you are tethering, stop the snooping by using a VPN or other method to encrypt all the connections.

  20. javiix says:

    I have tmobile galaxy s2 rooted was thetering to my ps3 now i cant cause tmobile block me for thethering. I go to the browser on my ps3 and it goes to tmibile web page for me to pay for the service. How can i bypass them? To be able to play?

  21. usb tether dosen't work. says:

    mine is the same as chris’s. any ideas?

  22. DJ says:

    Mine works without rooting. Tethering provisions can be disabled without rooting. Go to settings, applications, all, click on tethering provisions, and click on disable. Using the stock hotspot program.

  23. Josh says:

    I tried everything to get the wifi teethering or hotspot going without the annoiying tmobile pop-up but still no work, is it a new update that not allowing me to connect… (Phone rooted, using titanium backup pro, uninstalled teethering manager) Still a no go, is there any other options for me (tried Foxfi) still no go, desperate any help please!!!

    • i hate mobile says:

      not sure if this site notifies you when someone replies to ykour post but thought i’d click it in case it does. see my answer below.

  24. i hate mobile says:

    ok people. i’m no techy nerd but i am good at researching tech issues. from what i’ve found, this is what’s gone on over the last couple years – and feel free to correct me. rooting your phone and installing titanium backup app alowed you to bypass the pone restrictions on the galaxy s2 and enable tethering if you weren’t subscribed (and you shouldn’t have to be when you are already paying for their data plan). then the dirtbags at tmobile got smart when they couldn’t control your phone and started monitoring your web traffic. the ‘user agent’ issue is the key here. your laptop/desktop browser idenifies itself as just that – a laptop/desktop. so tmobile sees that and says ‘hey – they’re obviously using their phone’s internet tethered to their laptop/desktop, and hey, they’re not paying our bullsh*t extra charge – so we’re going to cut them off and pop up our ad’. this is why you’ve seen more recent posts mentioning that rooting and titanium backup still aren’t allowing tethering. so, the missing piece of the puzzle is to google around and find available downloads that add a user agent change option to your browser. download it and you will be able to change your user agent to appear as internet explorer mobile for example. there are similar add-ons for other browsers too. once you switch your user id to a mobile browser tmobile won’t know you’re tethering and you will be able to browse freely. note that you will have to change the ua setting every time you open the browser and every time a new window is opened up. also keep in mind that since you’re identifying the browser on your computer as being mobile that the default websites that open will be mobile versions.

  25. dan says:

    Ok, so I was updating my xbox and for about . 10 min, it worked fine. Then I got the TMobile slap on the wrist. You don’t have wifi tethering or hotspot privileges.and now the xbox won’t connect at there a way to change the user agent setting for the xbox system, so I can update and maybe play??

  26. John says:

    I followed all the directions exactly, from rooting, to turning off tethering provisions, and finally switching my chrome agent to android. This last bit seems to have done the trick. I am currently browsing without the t-mobile trying to fuck me for more money. Hopefully this lasts. In any case, thanks Max. I’m glad to have found your site.

  27. Mike says:

    well i dont have T-Moble as a carrier i have the Walmart family moble as my carrier an i have no tethering fees just wondering if changing the rom well that affect the carrier ?

  28. Robert says:

    FYI, This worked for me on ICS, but doesn’t work on stock Jelly Bean ( MC6 ). After app is frozen and I go to the Wifi settings, setup gives a force close. I suspect T-Mob modified the setup menus.


  29. Janusz says:

    Well, I got “secret weapon” against tmobile. It is the Safari browser. No problem in stock roms or custom roms on S2 or HTC phones(MT4G and Amaze). I have the Safari for at least 6month and works great.

  30. Travis Macaraeg says:

    This info on looks promising.

    I haven’t got a chance to test it completely, yet. I’ve installed the app, set it up per instructions, turned on and off tethering in the app, and checked the log. No errors shown. This is a good sign.

    I will provide an update when I have confirmed if it really is working properly.

  31. daniel says:

    is there new steps to do this with JB 4.1.2 stock ROM/rooted with titanium?
    I try the ICS steps and it crashes Mobile HotSpot when trying to turn ON.

  32. Denisse says:

    I unroot to jelly bean, then root again, uninstall thetering app and when switch on button, the thetering just close and said stop working . Help!

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