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  • Are Some Jailbreakers Losing Their Unlimited Data Plans from AT&T?


    According to published reports surfacing Thursday, AT&T is reportedly ready to begin canning the unlimited data plans of subscribers who have jailbroken their iPhones and tether/hotspot off of AT&T's no-longer offered unlimited data plans.

    Our friends at 9to5Mac have been hearing from readers who claim to be possessed of the knowledge that Thursday, August 11th 2011, will bring with it an end to unlimited data for those who commit the offense described above.

    "If you use MyWi or any tethering on the phone or using the phone as a modem, AT&T will automatically change your unlimited plan to a 2Gb tethering plan for 45 dollars without the customers consent," the article reads. "This is for those who received emails or texts about the use of tethering without an AT&T tethering plan."

    AT&T, however, reportedly gave the offenders in question an opportunity to "stop tethering and keep their current plan" before the unlimited data rug was pulled out from beneath them.

    As it now stands, AT&T is confirming this report, but won't pinpoint August 11th as the definitive date for this unlimited data Armageddon. One AT&T rep is quoted as saying: "Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers. (This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.)"

    Sources: AT&T, 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Are Some Jailbreakers Losing Their Unlimited Data Plans from AT&T? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 131 Comments
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      If iPhone 6 come to Sprint and my ATT contract is over which its suppose to be by that time.... bye bye ATT. I was about to make a new contract for my wife, but not now.
    1. Ramprat's Avatar
      Ramprat -
      I just got a text today saying they are updating my plan to a 4 GB tethering plan for $45 a month!! This will REPLACE my unlimited plan. After calling them and yelling I was told there is nothing they can do. The change will go on. They claim they can tell whether you are tethering or not. I have not purchased any software to allow tethering so therefore I do not tether. So beware!! They are being douche bags. Needless to say, I am not done fighting yet.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Well...this is unfortunate for those who paid for MyWi. Glad I just have an iPod touch and don't have to worry about data.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by DevouredDreams View Post
      i tether 5gb a month and never get an email or text from them
      What do you tether to (laptop, iPad, etc?) and what tethering app do you use to tether with?
    1. liquidzoo's Avatar
      liquidzoo -
      Those of you that are on Verizon and have their Unlimited plan should pay very close attention to this. I guarantee that Verizon does something very similar in the very near future now that there's a precedent for it.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmcgee_jr View Post
      Not everyone that JB and uses tethering are data hogs, on average I use about 500-750MB a month, I just need the ability to use my laptop to RDC and other stuff when traveling and I shouldnt have to pay more to use it, the data from my laptop is no different than the data to my phone, period.
      All things are relative. I'd consider your usage to be too much. I use maybe 50MB a month. Bottom line: people using gigs on a phone deserve to get hammered.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ramprat View Post
      I just got a text today saying they are updating my plan to a 4 GB tethering plan for $45 a month!! This will REPLACE my unlimited plan. After calling them and yelling I was told there is nothing they can do. The change will go on. They claim they can tell whether you are tethering or not. I have not purchased any software to allow tethering so therefore I do not tether. So beware!! They are being douche bags. Needless to say, I am not done fighting yet.
      I'm wondering if the ability to downgrade the software can combat this. If AT&t tries to accuse me of tethering I can just walk into the store and show them my software version as proof that I'm not on the correct software version to allow tethering can I not?
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Game2Freak View Post
      Either use TeatherMe/PDANet and make sure the appropriate settings are on or keep MyWi and edit your Teather APN so that it matches your data APN.
      Are you sure it's the APN that AT&T looks at and how do you edit the MyWi APN?
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Ok, I have said it before and I will say it again, unlimited should mean unlimited. 10MB or 2TB should be no different under an unlimited plan.

      Now, I personally use MyWi to tether all the time and I never received a text message about it. Of course, we are on a business contract that never made any mention about tethering one way or the other, so I wonder if that is the difference.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      To all those complaining about AT&T being greedy and all, ready your effin contract. The unlimited data is for your iPhone. Not for your laptop and your desktop and your ipod touch and your friend's ipod touch and your girl friend's laptop......

      Where do u guys live? Dont u have wifi or u just dont use wifi for some reason (just like my boss). He'll be in the office (with wifi) and not connect to it. I have absolutely no idea why. I dont wanna get fired so I never asked him.
    1. hossdawg's Avatar
      hossdawg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Game2Freak View Post
      Basically At&t has a special APN used for data tethering and MyWi uses it making it easy for big blue to know who’s tethering and whos not. It is reported that TetherMe and PDANet actually use the normal Data APN for tethering so At&t can’t see your sneaky little self unofficially tethering, both apps are available through cydia for a small fee. Check em out if you want to avoid the expensive At&t tax…

      Either use TeatherMe/PDANet and make sure the appropriate settings are on or keep MyWi and edit your Teather APN so that it matches your data APN.
      I've been keeping up on this thing since I've gotten the dreaded text from AT&T and I know for a fact that MyWi uses the same APN as teatherme/pdanet. I think that it's a matter of what iOS is on your phone, 4.2.1 on my brothers phone has never been told to stop tethering but mine on 4.3.3 has
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by Game2Freak View Post
      Basically At&t has a special APN used for data tethering and MyWi uses it making it easy for big blue to know who’s tethering and whos not. It is reported that TetherMe and PDANet actually use the normal Data APN for tethering so At&t can’t see your sneaky little self unofficially tethering, both apps are available through cydia for a small fee. Check em out if you want to avoid the expensive At&t tax…

      Either use TeatherMe/PDANet and make sure the appropriate settings are on or keep MyWi and edit your Teather APN so that it matches your data APN.
      That's not how MyWi works.
      The APN used for tethering (broadband) is disabled by default on at&t's end unless a tethering plan is purchased. So, there's no way to enable 'broadband' APN to work without buying a tethering plan through at&t.
      MyWi, TetherMe and PDANet all avoid this by using or allowing the default iPhone data APN (phone) to be used instead. So realistically, anyone using a means to tether without buying a plan is susceptible to this bull.

      Then again, at&t sent emails and warnings to dozens that have never tethered but used lots of data. There's reports of this in previous posts about this issue in the last 10-12 months. So it's just another at&t tactic in getting rid of the unlimited plan because they don't want to pay to support it. Typical.

      If at&t was really smart, they'd get rid of the 2G unlimited iPhone data plan loophole... seeing that is how most people are getting the unlimited plans again. But they probably won't, so smart people booted off their old plan will be back up & running on unlimited data quickly.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      I wonder if there bluffing and get stupid people to call AT&T and complain. That would tell them they are jailbroken
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmcgee_jr View Post
      Not everyone that JB and uses tethering are data hogs, on average I use about 500-750MB a month, I just need the ability to use my laptop to RDC and other stuff when traveling and I shouldnt have to pay more to use it, the data from my laptop is no different than the data to my phone, period.
      EXACTLY!!! I JB and tether and have unlimited (which I've had since 2007 with my 2G) data. But I ONLY use about 200-300 each month on tethering and only for a short session here and there. This kind of usage AT&T doesn't have a problem with, and rightfully so. But there are those people out there (you know who you are) that ruin the party for everyone else. If you are using your tethered device like an always on home internet link then you deserve to pay more and get less. This is NOT home internet. 3G is NOT cable, dsl, or fiber. Please use some common sense and stop screwing the rest of us who use a reasonable amount of data. I am maintaining my unlimited plan but (even with tethering) I never go over 2GB in any given month (even with lots of Pandora, Logmein, Audiogalaxy, and tons of browsing).

      And those people who think that "downloading lots of apps" eats up your data then you are either a) misinformed or b) actually downloading huge apps (think TomTom or something else over 1GB) and accordingly you should be paying more for the privilege of being too stupid to download apps that large at home like the rest of us do.
    1. Nest's Avatar
      Nest -
      I got a text message a long time ago about me tethering. I have never tethered with pdanet since then mainly because I had to restore and I never redownloaded it. I better not be screwed over because I will go on a streak and blow up every single at&t store in this country.... lol I'm just kidding...... sort of.
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      I got the text the email and the mail long time ago that was when I was on 4.1 so I don't think the firmware has nothing to do about  I used to tether 20 GB Monthly 
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Good. Kill those greedy data hogs. I laugh at those that thought this day would never come... You are raising prices and limiting data for everyone else.
      Says the person with limited data!
      If they didn't want us using it, they should of never offered it in the first place.
      Don't be a hater!
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      $30 unlimited with (not AT&T! ) Verizon and I tether all the time. Then again I don't ever use more than 5GB a month so... The whole 10+ GB a month thing never made sense to me. Nobody has wifi nowadays? I spend a ton of time away from my home wifi, in fact I watch movies and videos for a few hours a day when I have no wifi 5 days a week and I still use less than 5GB. Like everyone else has said though, 20-30GB is a bit excessive and you can't expect a company to keep allowing this. Sure, it's "unlimited" but that doesn't mean you should abuse it. If a buddy of yours offered you unlimited gas from his gas station for $30 a month, and you go driving around your gas guzzler truck like crazy coming to get gas every other day I'm pretty sure your friend would tell you to quit it
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Was there really a need for a third article/thread about AT&T taking people off of their unlimited plans for unauthorized tethering?
    1. alude904's Avatar
      alude904 -
      i'm not a die hard ATT loyalist but i've been with them for a few years now and pay a decent amount of money for 3 lines. i put up with their crappy customer service and high prices just so i can get a signal at work but the second they "un-grandfather" me, i will go straight back to t-mobile with my unlocked iphone.