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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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RE: Automatic Contract changes?
By Stuka on 3/18/2011 1:57:28 PM , Rating: 2
Every consumer contract usually starts or ends with a clause about how the company can add to, remove from, or amend anything at any time. Just like after 9/11, my insurance company amendded my policy to not cover Acts of War, whether invasion or civil unrest, to include, but not limited to, direct or indirect damage by missile attack. Maybe cell contracts are different, but I highly doubt that.


RE: Automatic Contract changes?
By DM0407 on 3/18/2011 2:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
Every cell phone contract I've ever had states that they have a right to change service agreements but they must give you 30 days notice and the right to cancel your contract if you do not agree with the new terms. By not opting out you are essentially accepting the new contract agreement.

I was able to get out of a T-mobile contract because they raised the rates of SMS messages by 5 cents even though I had an unlimited text plan.


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