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  • AT&T Cracking Down on MyWi Tethering?


    We've gotten a couple of tips today from users saying that they are receiving notices from AT&T regarding tethering. These users have been using MyWi for tethering, and are grandfathered into AT&T's old unlimited iPhone data plan.

    For one user, the notices began as a simple text message:
    "AT&T Free Msg: Did you know tethering your Smartphone to a computer requires a tethering plan? Pls call 888-860-6789 for details or visit att.com/dataplans."


    AT&T then followed up with this message via email:

    Dear [Customer],

    We've noticed your service plan may need updating.

    Many AT&T customers use their smartphones as a broadband connection for other devices, like laptops, netbooks or other smartphones– a practice commonly known as tethering. Tethering can be an efficient way for our customers to enjoy the benefits of AT&T's mobile broadband network and use more than one device to stay in touch with important people and information. To take advantage of this feature, we require that in addition to a data plan, you also have a tethering plan.

    Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.

    If you would like to continue tethering, please log into
    your account online at Cell Phones and Cell Phone Plans - Wireless from AT&T, or call us
    at 1-888-860-6789 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. CST
    or Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. CST, by March 27, 2011
    to sign up for DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering.
    Here are details on the plan:

    DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering
    • $45 per month
    (this gives you 4GB in total, combining both your smartphone data plan for $25 and the tethering feature, $20)
    • $10 per each additional GB thereafter, added automatically as needed
    • Mobile Hotspot capabilities are included for compatible Smartphones

    If we don't hear from you, we'll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB afterMarch 27, 2011. The new plan – whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you – will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan.

    If you discontinue tethering, no changes to your current plan will be required.

    It's easy to track your usage throughout the month so there are no bill surprises. For example, we send you free text messages when you reach 65, 90, and 100 percent of your plan's threshold. If you would like to monitor your account more closely, go towww.att.com/dataplans to learn about other ways to track your data usage.

    As a reminder, our smartphone data plans also include unlimited usage of Wi-Fi at no additional charge. AT&T smartphone customers can use Wi-Fi at home or on-the-go at any one of our more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots already included in your data plan.

    Thank you for bringing your account up to date. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve your mobile broadband needs.

    Sincerely,

    AT&T
    This is the first we've heard about users receiving messages regarding MyWi tethering from AT&T. One speculation as to how AT&T may know about tethering is the iOS 4.3 update, which allows the iPhone to be used a personal hotspot. It's possible that AT&T can now track data usage specifically to the device that's being tethered, regardless of whether its done through the personal hotspot feature in 4.3 or via MyWi.

    We'll keep you posted if we hear anything more on this issue. Thank you very much to the readers who sent this in to our tips email!

    UPDATE: Based on user comments that some users are getting the message that don't tether at all, it looks like AT&T is targeting users who have high data usage. As it turns out, MyWi shows up as 0 tether bytes.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Cracking Down on MyWi Tethering? started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 1466 Comments
    1. Nasakii's Avatar
      Nasakii -
      Well to everyone who received the emails/txts: what is your data usage so far? Maybe it's triggered by overuse?
    1. chevythdapd's Avatar
      chevythdapd -
      I stream video through slingbox. My data has went up tremendously. Im sure i will get this message soon. They are trying call high data users bluff. Another way for AT&T to make money.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAYPIFF View Post
      Live under a rock? 4.3 is out -.-
      But the jailbreak is not... And that's what he was saying.
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      Poker, anyone?
    1. debo19832003's Avatar
      debo19832003 -
      Will I still be able to use mywi on 4.3 & 10.2 update and is there a new reboot I'm sick of rebooting my phone everytime my battery dies. This is really annoying.
    1. CptPalmer's Avatar
      CptPalmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAYPIFF View Post
      Live under a rock? 4.3 is out -.-
      Really, you have a jailbroken 4.3? Not I..... Anyone that is running MyWi is going to be using 4.2.1 at this time, now do you get it?
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daerid View Post
      But the jailbreak is not... And that's what he was saying.
      Yes MyWi works on iOS 4.3

      OK, edited, to stay on the topic
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Stay on topic. This is not a 4.3 jailbreak debate thread.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. jovianremix's Avatar
      jovianremix -
      I bet it's the high usage that is triggering these messages. It also appears that they can't tell if you are actually tethering....this would be good if it's the case since you can just tell them you are using an app that uses a large amount of data. (netflix, pandora, etc) and they accept your answer.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      They always tell me they have no way of knowing what I'm using my data for when I called to complain why my data has spiked so high in a span of one day. I kept asking and every rep got all mad and kept saying we dont know what you use to draw this much data. Sooo they're clearly assuming you're tethering and not really *knowing*
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jovianremix View Post
      I bet it's the high usage that is triggering these messages. It also appears that they can't tell if you are actually tethering....this would be good if it's the case since you can just tell them you are using an app that uses a large amount of data. (netflix, pandora, etc) and they accept your answer.
      I don't think so, I barely use MyWi and my data usage increased from 2gb to almost 7gb in one month and I never received that message.

      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      They always tell me they have no way of knowing what I'm using my data for when I called to complain why my data has spiked so high in a span of one day. I kept asking and every rep got all mad and kept saying we dont know what you use to draw this much data. Sooo they're clearly assuming you're tethering and not really *knowing*
      They don't know because in that case is favorable for them because you need to pay for the excess, but in case that somebody use a lot of data and hes unlimited now is in favor of you because you are not paying.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      I'm thinking we need to find out what the usage is that triggers it... I think the most I've used in a month is 10gigs.... What is the usage from the ones getting this message from AT&T?
    1. goodred2's Avatar
      goodred2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAYPIFF View Post
      Live under a rock? 4.3 is out -.-
      4.3 firmware is out but a jailbreak for it is not. Therefore MyWi ON 4.3 cannot be what AT&T is tracking this by.
    1. macfan406's Avatar
      macfan406 -
      I just got changed to the plan a couple days ago, but I sorta didn't mind since I was planning to do that anyways...
    1. Maxhasadhd's Avatar
      Maxhasadhd -
      Ummm isnt this invasion of privacy? I havnt got it but i tethersled for 5 min. Maybe they are guessing on any1 over a certain amount of gigs? So even if u domt tether but use hella gigs u could get it?hah wat they guna do i mean just hide the app or uninstall go to att act mad and show u dont have any tether app and just b pissed and say ur guna cancel thier service teach them a lesson on not peeping into out fone business of out daily plans
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodred2 View Post
      4.3 firmware is out but a jailbreak for it is not. Therefore MyWi ON 4.3 cannot be what AT&T is tracking this by.
      not again...
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I think 10GB and under is safe to assume will be ok. But anything above might not be, maybe 15 even. Unless anybody has gotten the message and used less or around that amount?

      Because many people I talked to today say they use 20+ and personally I max about 5.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I think 10GB and under is safe to assume will be ok. But anything above might not be, maybe 15 even. Unless anybody has gotten the message and used less or around that amount?

      Because many people I talked to today say they use 20+ and personally I max about 5.
      Lol!! Then you should be ok if they make the change to your account.... Lol
    1. Maxhasadhd's Avatar
      Maxhasadhd -
      There IS a 4.3 jailbreak. Its TETHERED but u can do it
    1. godsrainbow1984's Avatar
      godsrainbow1984 -
      4.3 has a tethered JB out, not untethered...move along..