Mobile devices bring a wealth of functionality to our fingertips, but whilst we can get a lot done on a smartphone or tablet, our beloved gadgets can also enhance the potential of our other most cherished electronics. Streaming and file sharing are great examples of how modern hardware and software can work in tandem, but while both are possible through Apple’s mobile products courtesy of features native to iOS and OS X, tethering can be a bit of a funny one. Should you be willing to take the leap and jailbreak, though, you could quite easily turn your iOS device into a hotspot operating on your terms, and one of the most popular tethering tweaks has just been updated for iOS 8.

‘TetherMe for iOS8+’ is a new and improved version of the tweak that essentially forces native tethering. Once installed, you can alter and adjust the settings to your precise requirements through the Settings app, and as well as permitting you to share data from a VPN, the tweak also allows you to share a Wi-Fi connection over USB.

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For all of its benefits, though – many of which long-time TetherMe users will instantly recognize – there are some caveats. Notably, while it does allow you to tether to your heart’s content, your carrier mightn’t be so accommodating, and if your bundle doesn’t cover the sharing of an Internet connection, there’s a good chance you might land yourself in hot water. Thus, proceed at your own risk.

If the idea of snapping up TetherMe does appeal to you, then you’ll probably be intrigued to learn that it also enables the instant hotspot feature that Apple added as part of the Handoff / Continuity movement currently sweeping both iOS and OS X.

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TetherMe for iOS 8 is now available through the BigBoss repository, and will set you back $4.99. It may seem quite pricey for a tweak, particularly given that most are free or available for $0.99, but if you’ve ever felt extorted by the prices some hotspot providers charge for fairly limited Web allowances, the asking price will seem a comparative bargain.

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If you want to go full pro however, then you can also give MyWi for iOS 8 a shot too.

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