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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. TEvil's Avatar
      TEvil -
      AT&T are butt holes!
    1. JBecket1's Avatar
      JBecket1 -
      It's pretty necessary that they do this to try and get rid of the black market that has been produced for the iPhone. This situation reminds me of record and software companies cracking down on pirating, has to be done. AT&T is a great company, but like many nationwide businesses it can have some weak spots. I was surfing the internet and I found this site where people can vent about poor customer service or products they received... it can get really funny. I would recommend you to check it out here: Vent | Vents about AT&T
    1. Assassination's Avatar
      Assassination -
      Quick question ok if I start tethering again...AT&T gonna take away my unlimited or throttle my data?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Assassination View Post
      Quick question ok if I start tethering again...AT&T gonna take away my unlimited or throttle my data?
      Almost certainly take away your unlimited - but I could be wrong (I'm not in the US - so just and observer)
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by Assassination View Post
      Quick question ok if I start tethering again...AT&T gonna take away my unlimited or throttle my data?
      Well, if you end up in the top 5% of data users they will throttle you for sure. If they detect you tethering they may take away your unlimited data plan too and switch you to the $45 tethering plan.

      I've continued to tether my ipad once in a while when traveling but my data usage is still pretty low overall @ less than 3 Gig. I tried PDANet trial version for a while but went back to MyWi since I had already paid for it.

      I think this whole subject is more about high usage than it is about tethering.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by HCWHunter View Post

      I think this whole subject is more about high usage than it is about tethering.
      I really think you are wrong there - tethering causes problems (as does streaming - which, as I've said before, I an very surprised they are not cracking down on) - the amount of data is not, per se, a problem. How you use it is.
    1. intrinsic's Avatar
      intrinsic -
      so... anyone have any updates on what att has been doing? is pdanet the safest thing to go with now?
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Quote Originally Posted by TEvil View Post

      Word.... You can say that again.....
    1. iamse7en's Avatar
      iamse7en -
      So, did they stop this tethering warning, and now just opt for throttling?
    1. dadoria2's Avatar
      dadoria2 -
      AT&T has changed my plan from unlimited data to 4gb with tethering. They say it's automatic and they can't stop it because I received a warning before. I used PDAnet hide level 2. Idk if that's what did it because I also used tetherme a few times. My guess is that it was tetherme that gave me away. I used PDAnet since April with no letter. It wasn't until sept that they said they saw tethering on my account. And that's around when I installed
      tetherme.
    1. cejitas84's Avatar
      cejitas84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Assassination View Post
      Quick question ok if I start tethering again...AT&T gonna take away my unlimited or throttle my data?
      Cejitas-84
      Also wanted me to do the same, but I said if You
      change my plan your better desconect the 5 lines that I have. And just said, ok I will put a note. And 3 months later they not bother me and I continued with my unlimited plan yeyyyy
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Why would you install Tetherme if you already were doing fine with PDANet? Just curious... I got my warning when using MyWi but I stopped, still have unlimited data plan.
      Quote Originally Posted by dadoria2 View Post
      AT&T has changed my plan from unlimited data to 4gb with tethering. They say it's automatic and they can't stop it because I received a warning before. I used PDAnet hide level 2. Idk if that's what did it because I also used tetherme a few times. My guess is that it was tetherme that gave me away. I used PDAnet since April with no letter. It wasn't until sept that they said they saw tethering on my account. And that's around when I installed
      tetherme.
    1. one_crazy_dude's Avatar
      one_crazy_dude -
      I've been using PDAnet for a quite a few months now with hide2 for my iPad2 only and I haven't received anything yet. I believe it hides tethering well. Just my 2 cents.
    1. dadoria2's Avatar
      dadoria2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      Why would you install Tetherme if you already were doing fine with PDANet? Just curious... I got my warning when using MyWi but I stopped, still have unlimited data plan.
      I installed tether me because I was having issues with pdanet connecting to my laptop, also pdanet wasn't updated for ios5 while tether me was. Tether me also said they hide usage so I thought there wouldn't be an issue.
    1. thaheavyone's Avatar
      thaheavyone -
      Lost my unlimited plan a few months ago. I was using MyWyi because I had friends with prepaid phones with no data who wanted to surf the web every once in a while. AT&T told me there was nothing they could do to switch it back because they don't offer the unlimited service anymore. Sucks.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I was fine with MyWi doing wireless tethering for over 2 years. Not very much data usage either. However once I switched to wired tethering in March they were on me within a few months and I've since lost my unlimited plan
    1. dalton4life's Avatar
      dalton4life -
      I've been using MyWi for over 2 years and still going with no issues. I've rarely ever hit over 5GBs. I heard that was the magic number when they start paying attention to you, but who knows for sure.
    1. dadoria2's Avatar
      dadoria2 -
      I've got a solution to get my unlimited back though, my wife still has unlimited and never uses more than 500mb. We're both changing our numbers and she's gonna give me her sim. Then we text everyone our new numbers. Lol! Screw you AT&T😜. And I still have 3 more lines that I can use to do the same. Lol

      Quote Originally Posted by iamse7en View Post
      So, did they stop this tethering warning, and now just opt for throttling?
      They still tether warn and change ur data plan. Mine was changed see my previous posts.

      Quote Originally Posted by intrinsic View Post
      so... anyone have any updates on what att has been doing? is pdanet the safest thing to go with now?
      Ur safe with pdanet hide level 2. Just don't use the USB function. Tetherme doesn't work. And AT&T changed my plan.
    1. slickvic621's Avatar
      slickvic621 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dadoria2 View Post
      I've got a solution to get my unlimited back though, my wife still has unlimited and never uses more than 500mb. We're both changing our numbers and she's gonna give me her sim. Then we text everyone our new numbers. Lol! Screw you AT&T😜. And I still have 3 more lines that I can use to do the same. Lol




      They still tether warn and change ur data plan. Mine was changed see my previous posts.



      Ur safe with pdanet hide level 2. Just don't use the USB function. Tetherme doesn't work. And AT&T changed my plan.
      Hold the phones.....people reporting that the USB tether may be what got them caught...this is an interesting development that I've not seen discussed here. I halted my tethering after receiving the first round of text, emails, letters because I didn't want to lose my unlimited. On the other hand, someone else I know continued for the next 6 months even knowing my warnings that they bay get caught, but they never received anything, until just recently. They have been using data of at least 2GB each billing period, with some months upwards of 30GB, and had never received anything. Well just recently, they switched to using the USB tether (this is all on MyWi by the way) due to battery conservation issues (WiFi sharing was using too much battery, and draining the battery, even while the device was plugged to a charger). They just received their text, emails, and letters. Can there be something with the USB tether which would be detectable in a way that the WiFi hotspot wouldn't?

      It all may just be coincidental timing, but now seeing someone else here say the same thing, made me think further about the situation. Any other ideas anyone?
    1. sirlance0505's Avatar
      sirlance0505 -
      I got to say my experience was the opposite. I had always used usb to my laptop and never received the warning. Then one day the wife and I were out and needed the iPad2(wifi only) so I said what the hell lets give it a shot. So we tethered up for about 15 minutes or so. Well about 5 days later I get the warning text and email. Called and gave the usual play dumb excuse. Haven't tethered since then and haven't received anymore warnings.