AT&T Moves to Stop Illicit iPhone Tethering

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AT&T will begin to crack down on customers who jailbreak their iPhones to tether unauthorized services, and according to published reports this could happen as early as August 11. 

AT&T iPhoneThe carrier plans to target a small percentage of its customers, including those with grandfathered-in unlimited plans, who tether without paying the necessary fee. Though the August 11 deadline was not confirmed by AT&T, customers guilty of these sly maneuvers should tread carefully for the carrier will add the 4GB tethering-approved plan automatically to a consumer’s bill if the user is found tethering illicitly. 

The minimum tethering plan, 2GB of smatphone data and 2GB of tethering data, would cost an extra $15 per month. However, it appears those customers with grandfathered-in unlimited data plans have the most to lose if caught, for they will be unable to switch back to their original contract, as it no longer exists. 

AT&T claims to have contacted customers partaking in such activities earlier this year via letters, e-mails and text messages, but this will be the company’s most serious move to stop unauthorized tethering yet. According to the notifications, customers will have three options:  stop tethering and keep their current plan, proactively move to the required tethering plan, or do nothing and AT&T will add the plan to their bill. 

Source: 9 to 5 Mac




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