• Your favorite

    Apple

    ,

    iPhone

    ,

    iPad

    ,

    iOS

    ,
    Jailbreak
    , and
    Cydia
    site.
  • 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. gomanski's Avatar
      gomanski -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrecoISU View Post
      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.
      The rep you talked to is pulling this out of their a-ss, this is complete crap. 300 isn't even a valid subnet; they only go up to 254 (and 255 is reserved for ARP requests).
    1. bubbliestar's Avatar
      bubbliestar -
      that is by far the most valid point I've heard since this whole ordeal started. and I think you're right about the csr department, they do give you a specific number to call because those are the guys that are supposed to be "trained" on how to handle this tethering situation, not the regular guys that just handle your billing.
    1. JoeTec 3GS's Avatar
      JoeTec 3GS -
      So I only have the 200 mb plan and my pc is too far away from my modem for an ethernet cord. So If I connected my iPhone to my wifi could I tether my wifi connection via USB to my computer without any of my data being used?
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeTec 3GS View Post
      So I only have the 200 mb plan and my pc is too far away from my modem for an ethernet cord. So If I connected my iPhone to my wifi could I tether my wifi connection via USB to my computer without any of my data being used?
      Yes you can just go into MyWi settings and bridge to wifi instead of 3G ... This will state you "WIFI" connection instead of 3G. But to be sure before you tether disable cellular data by going to you settings/general/network
    1. JoeTec 3GS's Avatar
      JoeTec 3GS -
      So I did all of this only to find out my pc is a dinosaur. It runs xp with no wifi compatibility. Anything thing on tethering via USB to an old pc like mine?
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      What I said still applies. It matters none if the PC has WiFi, you can tether via USB still. The instructions I gave you change where MyWi pulls data from, which with those settings will be from your own WiFi. To see what if any setup procedures are needed to get MyWi to work on XP machine just refer to MyWi dev team. Shoot them an email and I'm sure they will help.
    1. gomanski's Avatar
      gomanski -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeTec 3GS View Post
      So I did all of this only to find out my pc is a dinosaur. It runs xp with no wifi compatibility. Anything thing on tethering via USB to an old pc like mine?
      You will just need to make sure you have iTunes installed, as that includes all the drivers for connecting to your iPhone.