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It would seem that AT&T is finding new ways to discourage people from jailbreaking their device in order to avoid paying for a tethering plan that come in $15, $25 and $45 a month varieties. Mac blogs are abuzz with a purported text and email messages that the carrier has allegedly sent out to some customers. It would appear the communication targets owners of jailbroken devices running unsanctioned MyWi app that enables Internet tethering over WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, but it’s possible the carrier as well reached out to those using the Personal Hotspot feature via one of the official tethering plans.

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Originally Posted by From AT&T
Dear [Name of Account Holder],

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

Please update your data plan by March 27, 2011 if you intend to continue tethering

To learn more and update your plan, visit att.com/dataplans

Reach us for assistance during business hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CST Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST at 1-888-860-6789
http://www.9to5mac.com/56804/att-goi...ethering-fees/

I know lots of people jailbreak for this reason, so this might be very important to you....
 
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Well I am so glad my AT&T contract is over in 3 days.
    
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"WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY ADD A TETHERING PLAN"?

Geezus. About time somebody gave AT&T some much needed competition.
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http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...wn-iphone.html Not sure whether the article is substantially different but I do think its based on the same email.
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http://www.9to5mac.com/56804/att-goi...ethering-fees/

I know lots of people jailbreak for this reason, so this might be very important to you....
They are so condescending. "Thank you for taking the time to update your account...." When of course THEY are the ones messing with your plan. It's like some teacher talking to a kindergartner.
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Originally Posted by Squirrel View Post
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...wn-iphone.html Not sure whether the article is substantially different but I do think its based on the same email.
Ahh didn't see that, same topic basically, my bad.
 
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There are going to be some unhappy people.
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Now iOS users can't say they too can tether at the same price as Android users
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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
Uh, in my country that would be illegal, surly you guys must also have laws that prevents you signing up for something if you didn't respond.
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post #10 of 43
I'm confused why everyone feels entitled to Tethering when they are not paying for it? Like Jesus you children pay for a service to use it. Every company should do this and iOS is just the first affected platform.

Maybe the people who use every loophole on cell networks, are the exact reason why data caps and speeds caps get enforced. But I forgot you pay a certain price that obviously entitles you to every service.

This would be like getting on tv box then stealing cable for another 3 tvs.
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