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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. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by tekwiz View Post
      PDA-NET has done exactly that since the first texts warning people were sent out. There's an option for stealth.



      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.
      Lol... yea your analogy is spot on!!! Do you do this kind of stuff for a living, because you are damn good at it.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by WhiskeyKarma View Post


      The bottum line is the carriers are double dipping because they don't want to spend the money to upgrade the networks for the amount of data they handle.

      Data is Data...I don't care how you work it it's still Data...If I pay for a Data Package on my contract then I should be able to use that Data however I see fit, be it tethering or WiFi Hotspot, or surfing the app store for an hour looking for a new game i'll play once and forget about...It doesn't matter what I do with my Data it's MY DATA I Pay for it.

      The carriers use legal ******** and double speak and semantics to try to separate Data usage so they can charge you twice for the same damn thing. It's total ******** and the carriers need to back off.

      and as far as those of you who pay extra for tethering...Sorry your speed may or may not be affected by free users who refuse to pay twice for Data...but you chose to pay twice for the same thing rather then fight it, it's wrong to charge twice for data any way you slice it....

      All of that is true except for one little tiny fact you left out. You agreed to their terms of service which expressly states that you cannot use the data anyway YOU see fit.

      I do agree with who say that AT&T is overcharging for data ... but he who has the toys makes the rules.

      Want a change? Take them to court or find a carrier willing to offer the service cheaper.
    1. jl1's Avatar
      jl1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ccoltmanm View Post
      I'm sure they wouldn't care if you were illegally tethering with a capped plan. They do not like unlimited users who are not a "certain amount of data" client to be tethering.
      I only have a 2GB plan and i got the text. Its stupid because i would just pay my overages anyway.
    1. iBanks's Avatar
      iBanks -
      Quote Originally Posted by tekwiz View Post
      PDA-NET has done exactly that since the first texts warning people were sent out. There's an option for stealth.



      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.
      Makes a lot of sense, but still something missing... What you initially paid for is service on your home... To make it portable would require extra services and possibly hardware on which the company has to invest, which then I'm turn makes it an premium add-on. We're not talking antenna local channels, were talking all channels in this basic package you subscribe to that requires a cable going from wall to TV. So it's clear that it should require a premium to make this portable feature exist. Same as tethering from your phone. You all need to look at what is required behind the scenes.
    1. BlackRaider's Avatar
      BlackRaider -
      looks like people are gonna eat this **** up, based on the comments.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Contracts are likely going to turn into licenses. That is what I would do if I were a cell phone company. You are licensed to utilize said data on a smart phone. Anything outside of that you are outside the boundaries of said license. There will be no grey area whatsoever (even though I don't really think there is a grey area now). I am still having a very hard time understanding how people are justifying using this data and calling those who abide by their contracts the idiots.

      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      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
      This depends heavily on your location and the time of day you are using the service. One thing is for certain, your latency is far better on Wimax than any 3G service I have ever used.