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  • PdaNet Update Hides Tethering Usage from Wireless Carriers


    If you’ve been tethering your iDevice without a data plan from AT&T, then you may have received an ominous text message instructing you to either stop your unauthorized tethering activities, or face being automatically enrolled in a data plan costing upwards of $45 a month. PdaNet has just released an update that includes a convenient “Hide Usage” feature that should put an end to AT&T’s threatening text messages once and for all.

    PdaNet now includes a feature that allows users to hide the exact type of data that’s being downloaded. This gives users the freedom to use their devices any way they please, without incurring any additional monthly service charges. PdaNet 5.01 now includes a “Hide Usage” feature under the Advanced Settings, multiple Wi-Fi connections are now supported and the app has been completely rewritten to improve performance. Of course, the usual bug fixes are also included with this update as well.

    It would seem that AT&T has finally discovered a way of determining if a customer has been using third party tethering apps or not. Apparently, AT&T does not simply look at the amount of data being downloaded, but rather looks at the type of data being downloaded instead.

    AT&T tracks unauthorized tethering by checking the type of packets moving through their network. Packets not coming from an iPhone are checked and text messages are then be sent out to offending users informing them to stop what they are doing or face being charged for it. When this issue first came to light, it was widely believed that AT&T was simply cracking down on the heaviest data users on their network. Now it seems that AT&T has a more effective method of determining data usage among its customers

    Now that PdaNet has developed an effective defense against AT&T’s crackdown, other developers are sure to follow suit and upgrade their apps as well. If you’re a MyWi user, you probably won’t have to wait too long for an upgrade to be released. We’ll just have to wait and see if this becomes a whole new game of cat and mouse within the jailbreak community.



    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PdaNet Update Hides Tethering Usage from Wireless Carriers started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRicky View Post
      Why is it AT&T is cracking down on iPhone users, but not Droid/BlackBerry?
      Droid can still tether...
      Their moving in on Android users.

      Carriers crack down on Android tethering apps, rain on our mobile hotspot parade -- Engadget
    1. jezirabid's Avatar
      jezirabid -
      I switched from Mywi to PDAnet after AT&T's second warning to me. Got an email yesterday they have automatically switched my plan to tethering. Used pdanet on level 1 hide.
    1. GrecoISU's Avatar
      GrecoISU -
      Quote Originally Posted by jezirabid View Post
      I switched from Mywi to PDAnet after AT&T's second warning to me. Got an email yesterday they have automatically switched my plan to tethering. Used pdanet on level 1 hide.
      As I said before, I don't trust anything until we have more information.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Next they need to make an app that hides data usage from AT&T... That would be great
    1. frjuan's Avatar
      frjuan -
      Just out of curiosity for those getting the text from AT&T, do you guys have the AT&T app installed???
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      ^Be careful all. This subject has been discussed 'to death' in other threads. Here's the truth: No-one except AT&T knows what methods are use to detect tethering. Sure PDANet and other mods change a few obvious give-aways, but are they the right ones!??! Or will AT&T add more checks later? The answer is obvious: No one but AT&T will never know. Be careful
    1. jezirabid's Avatar
      jezirabid -
      I did about a year ago but havent since.
    1. chamboi42o's Avatar
      chamboi42o -
      this is a cool app. but i came from a community where tmobile users unlocked an iphone 4 to use.

      i just opened a line on verizon and i finally get full service (working mms, not having to worry about updating iOS, very fast & reliable 3G network, etc).

      like i said, its a really nice app and thanks to the developers, but i wouldnt want to risk having my verizon services shut down because of illegal tethering.
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by guingui212223 View Post
      And on another subject in mind. im i the only one that thinks this?
      No, you're not the only one. However, most other people know that complaining on the Internet is a waste of time. BTW, you forgot to mention 'class action lawsuit' in your post.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Wow, serious guesswork and supposition. We don't have one fact in hand that confirms that this works, and you're writing about it as though it was a "mission accomplished" moment. Brilliant.

      Quote Originally Posted by hadzo View Post
      I RECEIVED THIS AFTER USING THIS APP FOR A WEEK AFTER MY FIRST DEAD LINE.



      Some people here tell me to change TTL so that it matches iPhone... haven't tried it but even so wouldn't that just defeat the purpose of this new feature? - it's suppose to hide tethering but I got hit!
      Given that you already had a warning, you probably should have dropped tethering for a while and let others be guinea pigs, unless you were prepared to risk your unlimited plan.

      And as to PDANet hiding your tethering? Again, that was just a guess. Just because they said it, didn't mean they accomplished it. We don't know what AT&T is doing, and so we can't know if PDANet blocks it.

      Oh, and PDANet doesn't change TTL on your tethered packets. So, if that's what they're keyed on, then PDANet hid nothing. And neither did you, unfortunately.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I don't own an iPhone, but this is just awesome. If you pay for a data plan you should be able to download any kind of data you want, to whatever device you want.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      ^

      Well I can see where they would have a problem with this, just think... you make your iPhone a WIFI hot spot at that point anyone (if you leave it unsecured) can tap in and now you have more that one individual using same internet line.

      I'd say this is one of the primary reasons why they cap the tethering plan. I personally never let anyone by my self tether of my phone but thats not to say that others haven't.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by n80r View Post
      Wouldn't you like to know AT&T!!!!

      lmfao nice!
    1. kcsports's Avatar
      kcsports -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I don't own an iPhone, but this is just awesome. If you pay for a data plan you should be able to download any kind of data you want, to whatever device you want.
      I totally Agree! I've got my email and text while using mywi. I dont want to chance loosing my unlimited plan so I dont use it any more.
      Heck, if they would only charge $10 to tether and keep the unlimited plan I would go with that. But to pay more for 4GB is a just blows!
    1. ch0b1ts's Avatar
      ch0b1ts -
      Wouldn't VPN work better at hiding all your traffic from AT&T?

      I VPN into my network at home when I tether or I'm on a hotspot (100Mbps FIOS Business) so there is no way AT&T or anyone else (Besides Verizon) can tell what kind of data is passing through their network.
    1. GrecoISU's Avatar
      GrecoISU -
      Quote Originally Posted by ch0b1ts View Post
      Wouldn't VPN work better at hiding all your traffic from AT&T?

      I VPN into my network at home when I tether or I'm on a hotspot (100Mbps FIOS Business) so there is no way AT&T or anyone else (Besides Verizon) can tell what kind of data is passing through their network.
      I posted this in another topic and this explains what AT&T says about VPN's.

      Quote Originally Posted by GrecoISU View Post
      Alright, the person I talked to knew what she was doing and I got some information out of her. I need to know if what I explain is possible for them to identify.

      I tether to watch Netflix on my laptop sometimes along with surf, play WoW, ect... I use a good amount of data (just over 5gb/month usually). I gave the typical watching Netflix, MLB.TV, Pandora answer to why it could have been identified. She said it could have been an accident or mistake. I asked how it could have been a mistake. She explained that they are looking at the IP address and wireless devices show an IP address of say a three digit number to start the address (maybe 300.142.4.2) and a laptop uses a 100 series of numbers in the first three digits. If I am only watching Netflix and junk on my phone it will only be 300 series data (mobile device). I mentioned I connect to a VPN on my phone and asked if that could be the reason (I don't really). She said even on a VPN it is a 300 series for mobile devices. She also said they were not provided with the times in which my account was tethered but they indeed can identify it.

      It sounded pretty logical. Was she talking out her behind or is this how they are doing it. The account says if I'm tethering after April 30 they will switch my account over. She explained there is an appeals process if I think I have been unfairly switch, although she said nobody has used that process yet (How would she know?). What do you guys think?
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I hope mywi implements this.

      +1
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      To I got the message the other day... Can't risk the unlimited plan...so imma have to hold up a bit, the thing that sucks, they told me if I by the tethering plan from them I'll have to get rid of the unlimited plan. Doesn't make sense but with pdanet can't chance it on words alone...


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      I update and install wireless and wifi networks for AT&T (contractor). So this means I won't have interne for hours. Tethering is a big temptation but loosing my unlimited personal data plan is not worth it. My work phone only has 2GB standard, you would guess AT&T would give us unlimited everything. But since AT&T WiFi Services is a different department we get no special treatment, even after the company bought everyone an iPhone 3GS for a work phone.

      Also, I have over 7GBs of data usage beraly 10 days into the billing cycle.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      Wow, serious guesswork and supposition. We don't have one fact in hand that confirms that this works, and you're writing about it as though it was a "mission accomplished" moment. Brilliant.



      Given that you already had a warning, you probably should have dropped tethering for a while and let others be guinea pigs, unless you were prepared to risk your unlimited plan.

      And as to PDANet hiding your tethering? Again, that was just a guess. Just because they said it, didn't mean they accomplished it. We don't know what AT&T is doing, and so we can't know if PDANet blocks it.

      Oh, and PDANet doesn't change TTL on your tethered packets. So, if that's what they're keyed on, then PDANet hid nothing. And neither did you, unfortunately.
      and your point is....?


      I was just informing the community bro