AT&T Removing Unlimited Data Plans From Unofficial Tethering Users
Unsurprisingly, AT&T is continuing to actively pursue users who partake in unofficial tethering methods by means of a jailbreak. This isn’t really news though, we mentioned that AT&T was cracking down on unofficial tethering back in March, but nonetheless those who are still using apps like MyWi are continuing to get notifications from AT&T.
Earlier in the year, we wrote:
Customers are being notified that their service plans need updating to subscribe to a tethering plan, and that they will be automatically subscribed to a DataPro 4GB package that costs $45 per month if they continue to tether. In the email, AT&T also notes that if customers discontinue the use of tethering, no changes will be made to their plan.
This continues to to be true, but the efforts by AT&T only really effect jailbreakers who use apps like MyWi or PDANet and who still have the grandfathered unlimited data plans. Many users have been expressing frustration in our comments and elsewhere about AT&T’s decision to ditch unlimited data and to charge for tethering. Supposedly there are ways to prevent AT&T from detecting your tethering use, but ultimately it seems like a losing battle, so you should probably get used to paying for the service if you use it.
Various sites have picked up on the new round of messages sent to those jailbroken tethering users, and AT&T responded to an inquiry from BGR with the following:
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:
1. Stop tethering and keep their current plan (including grandfathered unlimited plan)
2. Proactively call AT&T or visit our stores and move to the required tethering plan
3. Do nothing and we’ll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf — after the dated noted in their customer notification
Apologies if this sounds like Groundhog Day.