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  • Verizon Joins AT&T in Effort to Stop Tethering Via Jailbreak Apps


    On August 4th, MMi reported that AT&T was 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. Word first surfaced of this development when readers began hearing from AT&T about the matter in question.

    At the time, it was believed that Thursday, August 11th would bring with it an end to unlimited data for those who commit the offense described above. Now, with one day remaining before this supposed deadline, we're hearing that Verizon is employing similar measures to crack down on those who "abuse" data privileges.

    It appears that Verizon is going to pull the plug on customers' unlimited data plans if they are using jailbreak apps to dodge the carrier's associated tethering fees. AT&T addressed the matter by enrolling jailbroken tetherers onto its cheapest data tethering plan ($45 a month). And it may be safe to expect Verizon to do the same.

    "For consumers," a piece in Forbes this week reads, "Verizonís move shows carriers are taking their new data plans seriously. With carriers throttling unlimited data speeds to counter those who use too much data, and illegal tetherers now forced onto more expensive plans, wireless companies are changing the data landscape."

    Source: Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Joins AT&T in Effort to Stop Tethering Via Jailbreak Apps started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 86 Comments
    1. manifestojoe's Avatar
      manifestojoe -
      You people are stupid if you think unlimited data with Sprint is $70 a month!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by manifestojoe View Post
      You people are stupid if you think unlimited data with Sprint is $70 a month!
      How much are you paying? And how long have you had the plan?
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      they taking over...
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      And that's what many people said about Verizon too and look how that changed.
      I agree
    1. ifones's Avatar
      ifones -
      What about using mywi for an iPod touch or iPad while out and about?
    1. AAred's Avatar
      AAred -
      Why does it even matter if you tether? you're using data at the same speed on the computer. and if you have a limited data plan, they should want you to tether so you load non-mobile, larger versions of websites, thereby draining your data meter quicker! T-Mobile at the moment doesn't care -> +1 for T-Mobile
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      They are just bastards doing this.
      It's YOUR phone. If you want to teather it you can.
      YOU have paid for the service. You should be able to do what you wish with it.
      If you want to use it tethered then so be it.

      What pricks.
      I'm lucky. I dont use mobile internet. Last month I used a total of about 100k.
      I have unlimited wireless at home and I USE that. Last month it was about 500GB
    1. Hexane's Avatar
      Hexane -
      I find it amusing that people swallow **** without even reading it properly. "LOL! Enjoy 70 bucks for your unlimited data" When in actual fact the guy didn't even mention the word data. On top of that this comments section is plagued with sub-intellectual people shouting out "+1" every time somebody makes a point that goes well with their argument.

      I come from Australia, I own a Desire Z/Vision and my carrier is Optus. Im using a pretty basic dollar a day prepaid deal. 1 dollar for unlimited text and landline calls including Facebook, Twitter etc. Another dollar if you want unlimited data etc etc. I've used tethering on it often when im traveling down to Sydney.

      You guys are being screwed over, and your sitting there and taking it. Find a better deal or do something about it is how I see it.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by freddiepr View Post
      Desperately waitng for the Sprint iPhone.... Real unlimited plan.

      Is disapointing that had to switch carriers after 9 years...
      I'll bet you anything that as soon as they get the iphone and get swamped with all the data users, they will pull off the same kind of stunt as other carriers. Sprint is going to make you pay through your eyeballs for data use....mark my words.!!!!
    1. fatalcrixer's Avatar
      fatalcrixer -
      Quote Originally Posted by freddiepr View Post
      Desperately waitng for the Sprint iPhone.... Real unlimited plan.

      Is disapointing that had to switch carriers after 9 years...
      That's what Verizon said when they were trying to steal all of ATTs customers and look now all being greedy pricks who want their wallets fatter instead of making the customer happier.
    1. sheon's Avatar
      sheon -
      everyone crys and complains but no one does ****

      when verizon said goodbye to unlimited data i said **** u guys and switched to sprint and got the eve 3d

      love the iPhone but i won't put up with these carriers bs sprint is unlimited for 80$ a month i can't complain ^^

      there 4G is fast enough i hell of a lot faster then verizon or att 3G

      if ur tired of ur carrier raping ur wallet then tell them **** off and switch over to someone else soon they will get the picture

      if sprint had better in building signal they would be perfect
    1. Tidbits's Avatar
      Tidbits -
      I like how people trying to say it's double dipping. The contract that you signed specifically states your device only and you need a appropriate plan to "tether"(not on those exact words). If you didn't agree to those terms then why get service?

      All you can eat places do the EXACT same thing. You can eat all YOU want, but you can't have anyone else eating off your plate(s).

      As for Sprint... Good luck with them... They ALREADY have provisions in their terms to throttle you, and in their TaC they already say they already throttle you on certain services. They don't even give you unlimited domestic roaming(300minutes or 300MB of data usage per month). They also further went to say the "unlimited" data will not be around in the future. Chances are it'll change after AT&T acquires T-Mobile. It'll be a perfect chance to lock in some subscribers not wanting to go to AT&T.

      Quote Originally Posted by AAred View Post
      Why does it even matter if you tether? you're using data at the same speed on the computer. and if you have a limited data plan, they should want you to tether so you load non-mobile, larger versions of websites, thereby draining your data meter quicker! T-Mobile at the moment doesn't care -> +1 for T-Mobile
      T-Mobile does care. Should visit their boards, and they have a tethering plan themselves. In the beginning they didn't care, but as the data usage started to get higher and higher, and more and more people took advantage of it they finally used their TaC/ToS which was already provisioned to do so. A lot of people cried on that day.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheon View Post

      there 4G is fast enough i hell of a lot faster then verizon or att 3G
      Lol actually sprint's "4G" is about the same as AT&T and Verizon's 3G(!) speeds. Sprint's 4G is a joke. And their 3G is TWICE as SLOW as AT&T and Verizon's 3G speeds
    1. DSR500cr's Avatar
      DSR500cr -
      To luvmytj,
      I agree with you 100%!
      If we didn't purchase an unlimited data plan, then we wouldn't have anything to say about it. But we were given the option and made the decision to " buy it ".
      Now they want to punish us for using what we purchased, UNLIMITED DATA!
    1. irishj's Avatar
      irishj -
      It's not only Americans. I live in Ireland and the same thing happened to me recently. Used the iPhone 4's built-in tethering feature and got charged for it. They said the difference was one was 'mobile data' and the other was 'broadband data', even though I'm on an unlimited data plan.
      Just another cheap attempt by carriers to rip-off their customers. If someone signs a contract for unlimited data, it's just that 'unlimited'. You can't differentiate between 'mobile' & 'broadband' data, when the data is coming from the same provider, through the same device.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Cant believe that someone with 4,000+ posts would say that.

      @whereswaldo: Unlimited data plan is for your iphone. Not for your laptop and your desktop and your ipod touch and your friend's laptop and your ..... you know what i'm saying.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cheveli View Post
      Im waiting for tomorrow to verify if they go thru with this change. If they do, im switching to Sprint, iPhone is great, but not worth the crap...


      Also, i kinda hope the iPhone doesnt make it to Sprint, seems where ever it goes, bull$H!t starts on the unlimited plans.
      So, so true.
    1. iBanks's Avatar
      iBanks -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Cant believe that someone with 4,000+ posts would say that.

      @whereswaldo: Unlimited data plan is for your iphone. Not for your laptop and your desktop and your ipod touch and your friend's laptop and your ..... you know what i'm saying.
      Exactly.... I don't see how people do not understand this. This is the same effect as Sattelite TV. If you want service on any tv in your home, you pay monthly for additional boxes or do without service on certain TV's, in turn if you have an laptop and want Internet service on it without having to search for an wifi hotspot, you pay extra for a tethering service to that laptop. Too me, unlimited data is clearly more important to me than tethering because I can clearly use logmein on my unlimited data plan and do all I need to do on my laptop by leaving it home or taking it to a free hotspot location.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Thats like the cable TV company telling me to only watch certain channels and not for too long. If I watch to much TV on my "unlimited plan" than they will charge more. Thats BS!
      Thats how the data providers are acting. If they don't want people using it they shouldn't have offered an unlimited plan.
      No, it is like cable tv companies telling you you can watch all the standard cable tv channels you want for a set price. Then you go out and jailbreak your cable box so you can watch all the premium channels you want. Then you get outraged when the cable company tries to charge you for them.
    1. tekwiz's Avatar
      tekwiz -
      Quote Originally Posted by awareunlikeu View Post
      Guys, why cant the devs that created and maintain MyWi just include an update that allows you to hide from carrier when one is tethering. There has to be a work around! This needs to be addressed immediately!
      PDA-NET has done exactly that since the first texts warning people were sent out. There's an option for stealth.

      Quote Originally Posted by Moosestache View Post
      No, it is like cable tv companies telling you you can watch all the standard cable tv channels you want for a set price. Then you go out and jailbreak your cable box so you can watch all the premium channels you want. Then you get outraged when the cable company tries to charge you for them.
      No actually it's NOTHING like you've tried explaining. Your way STEALS something you NEVER were paying for in the first place.

      The correct analogy would be they give you a set number of channels at a set price which you pay. You then want to watch those channels on portable TV or some other device. You aren't STEALING anything as you are already paying for those channels. You aren't USING more data because you have unlimited anyways....they are basically trying to charge us twice for the same thing.