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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.


    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. ca3's Avatar
      ca3 -
      lets look at the usage to compare the differences. So anyone who got the text or email please post your data usage
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by i3urger View Post
      F*** this S***. First its apple and jailbreaking...Sony VS geohot...n now AT&T VS People. Alot has happened in a few short years. We (people) have to up our game to keep OUR things the way we like it.

      Apple did not sue any jailbreakers. Neither did AT&T.

      Very different than Sony vs. geohot.
    1. Nasakii's Avatar
      Nasakii -
      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.
      I'm at 18g right now. The red flag might be at 15g.
    1. 0_Maximus_0's Avatar
      0_Maximus_0 -
      Im a happy verizon user , but if they change your bill, legally you have the right to immediately cancel your plan (contract or not) for free. If they were to ever change my plan, to be honest they would see me in court. Thats complete bs.
    1. MrObatres's Avatar
      MrObatres -
      wow that's wack I use mywi to play ps3 online and even hook up my tv and laptops speeds are great for the ps3 no lagging or nothing I'm on 4.1 il never update then I'm good
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      This would suck because I'm waiting for the 4.3 jailbreak so I can use MiWi.

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. axlahn's Avatar
      axlahn -
      From what I understand, if AT&T just sniffs some packets, they can tell what browser you're using to surf the web...so if you're using either your laptop browser or Safari on the iPad, they can tell...I guess if you don't use a web browser or if you fake your UA, it'll be okay...but who wants to browse mobile versions of websites on their ipad or laptop.

      BTW, this sucks since I just got MyWi to use on my wifi only ipad...=(...I'll use it til I get the message I guess.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrObatres View Post
      wow that's wack I use mywi to play ps3 online and even hook up my tv and laptops speeds are great for the ps3 no lagging or nothing I'm on 4.1 il never update then I'm good
      You're kidding right? LOL!
    1. Upsmann's Avatar
      Upsmann -
      Well this sucks.. *shrugs*
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by 0_Maximus_0 View Post
      Im a happy verizon user , but if they change your bill, legally you have the right to immediately cancel your plan (contract or not) for free. If they were to ever change my plan, to be honest they would see me in court. Thats complete bs.
      I read somewhere on here that Verizon has some fine print involving their "Unlimited" plan. I believe it said that if you continually use more than 5gigs a month they can terminate your service.... Might want to check into that and clear up any mistakes that I might have read...
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Talking about this, my internet provider just turned off my internet because I forgot to pay it, so you know what Im using now. I will make my payment tomorrow
    1. DimaSSS's Avatar
      DimaSSS -
      Okay so here are my 2cents. I am on 4.0.1, using mywi since july of 2010 when the jb for 4.0 came out. A few facts i wanna get out of the way. Being grandfathered into an unlimited plan means there is no data cap. You are allowed to use the data as much as you want. I suppose the problem is that ATT never imagined that people could use tethering when the unlimited data plan was created. Now they are up on it and are seeing high amounts of data, data that if u were not in an unlimited plan they would make a killing off you. I use the living **** of my mywi it just so happens i have a great connection where i am (always a solid 2-3megs/sec) I use anywhere from 50-70 gigs a month. so far i have not been texted or emailed. BUT even if i will be. here is the thing. for starters APPLE has an app called Downloads. this app allows u to download internet content onto ur phone. So if u want u can pretty much download anything u want via that app. So if u are LEGALLY lets say downloading a lot via the downloads app, WHAT CAN ATT do? its perfectly legal. There cannot possibly be a way for them to actually know that u are tethering. They are just trying to get people to switch to the limited data plan and make money cause they assume once u switch ur usage will remain the same. To anyone who recieved this letter, tell them u are not tethering, and u want to know how they came to this conclusion, u are downloading internet content VIA legal iphone app called DOWNLOADS. done deal.
    1. Colray82's Avatar
      Colray82 -
      Everyone should just tell them that you stream radio or something. that uses a lot of data and don't have the need to tether, and they will leave it the same because their is no way for them to know what app you use the most data in.
    1. debo19832003's Avatar
      debo19832003 -
      @ the orioles33 I use my Xbox 360 but I can't get a full connection can you
    1. mvd7793's Avatar
      mvd7793 -
      They try this with me and I will spend all day on the phone until they fix it. They probably have a note that I'm a troublemaker on my account. I'll do it!
    1. Bluestang9450's Avatar
      Bluestang9450 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAYPIFF View Post
      Live under a rock? 4.3 is out -.-
      U must be dumb, u have to be jailbroken in order to have mywi.
    1. knetworx's Avatar
      knetworx -
      I used to use MyWi for Xbox live when I wanted to stream my multiplayergaming on JTV.
    1. MrObatres's Avatar
      MrObatres -
      oh no not kidding why ow that funny?
    1. dmcdivitt's Avatar
      dmcdivitt -

      You want to know why your tether is slow. From my experience a USB tether is slow and only does 1mb over the USB regardless what the cell tower connection is. I use PDANet. I connect to the hotspot at 54mb which is standard wireless G speed. Testing my laptop through dslreports gives me 2.7mb!
    1. slap690's Avatar
      slap690 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Railroader View Post
      No worries, I have my iPhone 4 (jailbroken) on Verizon I do have an HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T, it's rooted and a has a Custom ROM (CoreDroid 4 Gingerbread), though I rarely tether with it so I don't see any issues.
      What's your point then? Why comment if this doesn't apply to you?