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MyWi 4.0
AT&T isn't playing games when it comes to unauthorized tethering apps

Things are quickly changing when it comes to internet data plans. While we were used to a plethora of unlimited data plans for our smartphones and even our home internet connections, service providers are now implementing bandwidth caps to curb data usage

When it comes to smartphones, many users feel that that should be able to use that data anyway they please, however, service providers clearly don't feel the same way. For this reason, data tethering -- which allows you to share your smartphone internet data connection with other devices -- is usually a separate charge from your data plan.

Those that get around this extra fee by jailbreaking and using "unauthorized" apps had better start watching your back -- AT&T is beginning to crackdown on users. According to TUAW, AT&T is sending out letters to customers that it believes are using unauthorized tethering solutions. Here's a snippet from the full text (which can be found here): 

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 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.

One of the most popular apps for jailbroken iPhones is MyWi. MyWi allows a user to tether their iPhone without payingthe additional monthly tethering fee to AT&T. The app allows tethering via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi and is available for a one-time fee of $19.99

The letter doesn't say how AT&T was able to determine that the customer was tethering, but it stands to reason that grandfathered unlimited data plan customers that are using multiple gigabytes of data per month are prime suspects.

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You can go pound sand AT&T
By MeesterNid on 3/18/2011 9:58:23 AM , Rating: 5
What a total load of bull #$@%! So you pay for data, if you don't use it up within the billing cycle it's, poof, gone. BUT if you dare use it however you want to, since you paid for it and all, you need to pay more!? WTF kind of reasoning is this?!

This is exactly why I absolutely refuse to get any sort of data plan from any of the cellular providers! I'd rather suck it up and pay for wifi hot spots when I need data access, or just do without it!

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By xti on 3/18/11, Rating: 0
RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By Snow01 on 3/18/2011 10:41:14 AM , Rating: 2
What are you using to watch? I just got playon up and running and it's working great.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By xti on 3/18/2011 12:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
the NCAA app on the iphone store, think there is an android one too.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By Murst on 3/18/2011 11:16:03 AM , Rating: 2
You don't have wireless in the restrooms @ work? Our wireless at work works way better than any 3g/4g connection a carrier provides...

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By DanNeely on 3/18/2011 11:24:42 AM , Rating: 2
At a guess he's unlucky enough to work for someone who's blocking video streaming to save on bandwidth costs.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By xti on 3/18/2011 12:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
yeah the internal network is limited a bit, vpn stuff, etc etc.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By dgingeri on 3/18/2011 11:01:01 AM , Rating: 2
I've been with AT&T for over 3 years and haven't had problems, but this is going too far. I had heard this was what was holding up the FroYo update for my Captivate, but I wasn't sure I believed it. I do now.

If we don't get 2.2 soon, with tethering intact without extra charges, by June, I may cancel my contract early and go with Sprint. I'll have the money at that point. I'll be telling them that in no uncertain terms.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/18/2011 2:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
And I believe Sprint charges for tethering, so good luck with that!

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By Jeffk464 on 3/18/2011 4:51:00 PM , Rating: 2
You shouldn't run stock android on any phone. Go to they have the instructions and software to fix your phone.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By fearrun on 3/18/2011 8:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
Even a Nexus One? That was one of my main reasons for buying it.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By KC7SWH on 3/20/2011 3:37:56 AM , Rating: 2
2.2 was released for the captivate almost a month ago (2/24).
Time to pull you head out and get it installed.

RE: You can go pound sand AT&T
By Adonlude on 3/18/11, Rating: 0
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