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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 -
      Nice.

      I will wait until it has been tested before I download.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This is very good news.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I hope mywi implements this.
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      Nice.

      I will wait until it has been tested before I download.
      I don't think the developer would have released an update before testing it out. I'm sure it'll be good to go man.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I noticed it already since I've been using this ever since it's inception.Why pay for the others when this is Free n Works Great with others. After all I use this wit my iPhone n iPad.
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      I thought this feature to prevent at&t to see what you download and send you texts or whatever it is was solved ages ago and implemented into pdanet + others..I guess not...
    1. Anthony92's Avatar
      Anthony92 -
      Confused is this a Cydia App, or Appstore download??
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Cydia app, of course.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Rad. The Darkside wins AGAIN.

      Rage Against The Machine. FTW
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      I will wait until it has been tested before I download.
      This version has been out for quite a while, so it's been 'tested'. Some people.
    1. jrdan24's Avatar
      jrdan24 -
      This is old news. That update was out like 2 weeks ago.
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Can ATT determine what app is pulling data? If so, I noticed everyone (myself included) was using MyWi and got busted. What if they simply research on the net what app's tether and they simply flag the phones using those apps? Is that possible? Would they target PDAnet next?
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      Does anyone know the technical details of how pdanet is accomplishing this? I would be very interested in knowing this
    1. n80r's Avatar
      n80r -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      Does anyone know the technical details of how pdanet is accomplishing this? I would be very interested in knowing this
      Wouldn't you like to know AT&T!!!!
    1. axlahn's Avatar
      axlahn -
      I hope MyWi implements this soon. I don't like PdaNet's licensing scheme...it's too old school PC-ish. It's a per phone license so if I get a new iphone in a few months I would have to purchase a new license. Whereas MyWi is a per user license...much more portable especially if you like updating your iphone every year (or every year and a half, atleast for the next iphone).
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -
      I have an iphone 4 on 02 - will this hide the tethering usage ffrom them??

      Thanks in advance
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Now that the jailbreak for 4.3.3 is out i hope we can get confirmation it still works on the newest fw. There were some posts flying around saying that bugs in tethering were fixed in 4.3.3 to make the tethering visible to AT&T.

      Since this update with this feature came out a few weeks ago, If the dev can confirm it works on 4.3.3 I'll pick up a copy.
    1. urwack's Avatar
      urwack -
      Hopefully MyWi impliments this feature in the near future
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony92 View Post
      Confused is this a Cydia App, or Appstore download??
      You're trollin, right? Right?!?
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Has anyone personally tested this out yet? I have already gotten my "tethering message" from att and don't want to risk losing my unlimited data plan.