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    Goodbye illegal tethering

    And so it begins. AT&T cracking down.

    For all the irrational and paranoid whining about VZW gouging and playing dirty, AT&T has been consistentlyfar worse (albeit a data network a good bit faster, prior to LTE).

    And, yes, free tethering with Thunderbolt until May 15th, but I really will be shocked if VZW allows people unlimited LTE tether like they did on 3G.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/18/a...ethods-to-pay/
    AT&T tells customers using unauthorized tethering methods to pay up or stop

    By Donald Melanson posted Mar 18th 2011 10:52AM



    Been using an app like MyWi to enable tethering on your jailbroken iPhone? Then there's a good chance you've already received a message like the one above from AT&T, or perhaps an email like the one after the break. By all accounts, the carrier is now cracking down on all unauthorized tethering, and it's asking folks engaged in such behavior to either pay up for a proper tethering plan or simply stop tethering altogether -- if it doesn't hear anything back for you after sending the message, AT&T says it will automatically enroll you in a DataPro 4GB tethering plan (at a rate of $45 a month). We should note that all the reports we've seen so far are from iPhone users, although that certainly doesn't mean Android users will simply be allowed to slip by unnoticed. Exactly how AT&T is identifying users isn't clear, however, and we could well just be seeing the beginning of a cat and mouse game as folks try to discover workarounds to go undetected. More on this one as we get it.

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
    Dear XXXXXXXX,

    We've noticed your service plan may need updating.

    Many AT&T customers use their smartphones as a broadband connection for other devices, like laptops, netbooks or other smartphones– a practice commonly known as tethering. Tethering can be an efficient way for our customers to enjoy the benefits of AT&T's mobile broadband network and use more than one device to stay in touch with important people and information. To take advantage of this feature, we require that in addition to a data plan, you also have a tethering plan.

    Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.

    If you would like to continue tethering, please log into
    your account online at www.wireless.att.com, or call us
    at 1-888-860-6789 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. CST
    or Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. CST, by March 27, 2011
    to sign up for DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering.
    Here are details on the plan:

    DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering
    • $45 per month
    (this gives you 4GB in total, combining both your smartphone data plan for $25 and the tethering feature, $20)
    • $10 per each additional GB thereafter, added automatically as needed
    • Mobile Hotspot capabilities are included for compatible Smartphones
    If we don't hear from you, we'll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB after March 27, 2011. The new plan – whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you – will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan.

    If you discontinue tethering, no changes to your current plan will be required.

    It's easy to track your usage throughout the month so there are no bill surprises. For example, we send you free text messages when you reach 65, 90, and 100 percent of your plan's threshold. If you would like to monitor your account more closely, go to www.att.com/dataplans to learn about other ways to track your data usage.

    As a reminder, our smartphone data plans also include unlimited usage of Wi-Fi at no additional charge. AT&T smartphone customers can use Wi-Fi at home or on-the-go at any one of our more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots already included in your data plan.

    Thank you for bringing your account up to date. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve your mobile broadband needs.

    Sincerely,

    AT&T
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    Well we already know Verizon is next. They like to play follow the leader.

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    I for one am happy to hear about a crackdown. Dont get me wrong I am THE internet pirate by heart, but people who hack throttling and try to tether 30+ GB a month need to be stopped, especially on Verizon with 4G promising these amazing speeds.

    If you're going to support a phone, laptop, desktop, or whatever along with streaming video, get a landline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kptphalkon View Post
    I for one am happy to hear about a crackdown. Dont get me wrong I am THE internet pirate by heart, but people who hack throttling and try to tether 30+ GB a month need to be stopped, especially on Verizon with 4G promising these amazing speeds.

    If you're going to support a phone, laptop, desktop, or whatever along with streaming video, get a landline.

    +1

    I would support VZW offering a small amount of free tethering as an added benefit to having your data plan, but not ridiculous usage.
    Last edited by jkhonea; 03-18-2011 at 02:53 PM. Reason: edited for language
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    I am not scared, I use tethering only in cases of absolute need. I use no where near enough data for it to show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiodooru View Post
    I am not scared, I use tethering only in cases of absolute need. I use no where near enough data for it to show.
    How much doesn't show? I thought ALL of data showed? It does on mine (I pay for it because that's just me).
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    guess all the people who replaced their ISP with Verizon 3G will have to save up some money so they can have internet now haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiodooru View Post
    I am not scared, I use tethering only in cases of absolute need. I use no where near enough data for it to show.
    Agree with this and also those favoring keeping quality service by targeting abusers.

    The latter part is the key. I want to be able to tether on occasion, in a pinch (and it really shouldn't be extra $$$). However I don't see them doing much in that case. Complete rip-off of $20 for 2gigs ($45 for 4gigs with AT&T!). The way I see it, if mobile broadband is $80 for 10gigs, then $50 should get me at least 10gigs of tethering ($30+$50=$80).

    Basically the easy solution is to throttle over 5 gigs and if over 10 gigs do an analysis to see if the person is tethering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by debdroid1a View Post
    How much doesn't show? I thought ALL of data showed? It does on mine (I pay for it because that's just me).
    They see all data that you use, what I am saying is that the amount I tether doesn't show a huge jump from my average data usage on the phone. Basically a month where I did some tethering and a month without it my data usage is comparable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by czerdrill View Post
    guess all the people who replaced their ISP with Verizon 3G will have to save up some money so they can have internet now haha
    Haha....It's probably why the so many have been irate/crying/threatening the last 6 months when they thought LTE rates were getting jacked and an end to unlimited data. Now everyone is rushing to lock-in and I have to question what you really will be locking in. I thought VZW would probably cap (and maybe effectively they will/are with throttling), but certainly they won't just continue to ignore tethering abuse.

    I was going to say it's really tough to go over 2gigs unless you watch a lot of video and/or d/l torrents, but flashing roms is starting to hog bandwidth (100megs+ just to d/l all your apps again from market, plus 70+ on the rom itself).
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