Earlier this year, we began sending letters, emails, and text messages to a small number of smartphone customers who use their devices for tethering but aren’t on our required tethering plan. Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers. (This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.)
The letters outline three choices:
quote: Do nothing and we’ll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf — after the dated noted in their customer notification
quote: I think it would make more sense to take away their unlimited data for breach of contract unless they stopped tethering.
quote: The issue is that even if they prove breach of contract, does breach of contract allow companies to force customers into a second contract, which they did not agree to?
quote: I'd love to see a consumer catch a service provider in this kind of trap and see it argued in court.
quote: This is a bit different than date rape though
quote: AT&T, Inc. (T) has begun to crack down on those who tether illegally on unlimited plans.
quote: I could be wrong, but wouldn't this just be a breach of contract and not really illegal?
quote: That Southpark episode is a parody, contracts that are illegal are unenforceable. Breaking a contract is not illegal per say but it does allow the other party to do whatever the contract has stated as the penalty for breaking the contract.
quote: It's still not illegal to violate the terms of a contract.