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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. mainc21's Avatar
      mainc21 -
      i think if the companies focused more on upgrading their equipment instead of worrying how much data is being used, none of this would be an issue.
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      You say "illegal tethering" like it's some kind of offense punishable by law. There is no law against tethering.
    1. iBanks's Avatar
      iBanks -
      I really don't understand all the crying about this. I remember a time where people were paying $59 for an aircard for Internet connectivity as well as $29.99 for the data package on your smartphone. And now there's an provided way of using your mobile device to do the same thing that an air card was required to do and cost cut in half. It makes perfect business since to charge for tethering due to the loss of aircard and hot spot sales, and makes perfect consumer since because your not handling two different devices for more money than needed. Just like you hate people hopping on your wi-fi in your home, it's the same for the carriers. Simple as that.
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      i agree with you waldo. Its stupid enough for us to have to pay for not unlimited data in the first place..now we cant use that internet for whatever we want? Pft.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I am officially done with jailbreaking. iOS 5 has so many new features that I used to jailbreak for. Only thing I needed jailbreak for was tethering and cracked app. As for cracked apps I have deleted all of them and officially purchased all of the ones I wanted to keep. I'm going legal (at least for apps) and as for the tethering, I barely used it anyways and I've noticed that tons of places are starting to get free wi-fi in their stores and restaurants so I won't be missing it anyways. I've been using iOS 5 beta and have found it very nice even without the jailbreak so I think I will be fine with a stock iPhone. (Maybe until iOS 5 gets untethered jailbreak)
    1. iBanks's Avatar
      iBanks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      I am officially done with jailbreaking. iOS 5 has so many new features that I used to jailbreak for. Only thing I needed jailbreak for was tethering and cracked app. As for cracked apps I have deleted all of them and officially purchased all of the ones I wanted to keep. I'm going legal (at least for apps) and as for the tethering, I barely used it anyways and I've noticed that tons of places are starting to get free wi-fi in their stores and restaurants so I won't be missing it anyways. I've been using iOS 5 beta and have found it very nice even without the jailbreak so I think I will be fine with a stock iPhone. (Maybe until iOS 5 gets untethered jailbreak)
      Completely agreed other than BiteSMS is a must have.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I still find it stunning that people think that tethering is acceptable over networks that were never designed for it.
      I am only surprised that they allowed it and streaming in the first place.
      And people wonder why they have dropped calls?
    1. Spazmonic's Avatar
      Spazmonic -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgunaca View Post
      You say "illegal tethering" like it's some kind of offense punishable by law. There is no law against tethering.
      Said it before on here and I will say it again. Go ahead and change my unlimited data plan. Breach of contract and I can cancel without early termination fees. So thanks for the 3 iPhones on my plan I can sell unlocked/jailbroke. Good job! Kudos for you VZW/AT&T. May not seem like a big lose for ya but the $2,500/yr. you get off me can go somewhere else now. TADA!
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I still find it stupid that Americans have to pay extra to tether their phone in the first place. They're paying for a certain amount of data, so don't punish them for how they use it
      +1
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      That's because most people here in the US are a buncha squares who just roll over and cause ***** to be the way it is.
    1. JSkywalker217's Avatar
      JSkywalker217 -
      I dont even use MyWi. I use PDANET and has the option of hiding the usage. I dont use it much but when I do I make sure it has the Hide Usage enabled.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      That's because most people here in the US are a buncha squares who just roll over and cause ***** to be the way it is.
      Americans (myself included) are more round than square.
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      I wouldn't goto Sprint, slow ***** network. My iPhone 4 download on 3G was faster than my buddies EVO 4G on there whatever 4G network they call it "Winmax" or whatever.
      Yeah right, my Evo 3D is a heck of a lot faster then the iPhone 4 when downloading anything. You probably have crappy service in your area or don't even have Wimax at all.

      Quote Originally Posted by theorioles33 View Post
      americans (myself included) are more round than square. Xd
      lol
    1. sandsjh's Avatar
      sandsjh -
      Quote Originally Posted by aimetti View Post
      wow man , your oblivious.
      you're*

      Quote Originally Posted by seph213 View Post
      How do they know if your tethering or not ?


      how can they know if your tethering or not ?
      you're*

      Quote Originally Posted by brianiino View Post
      GREAT idea! That or have a hack that when your tethering a giant middle finger pops up on all AT&T's office computer monitors?
      you're*
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Not that it matters at this point, but from I have been reading, Verizon is going to just reroute users who are tethering two a page that advertises their tethering packages. You will not be able to tether, but they aren't going to change your plan. I guess we will all find out soon.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      Yeah right, my Evo 3D is a heck of a lot faster then the iPhone 4 when downloading anything. You probably have crappy service in your area or don't even have Wimax at all.
      Thats definetly the case. My brothers EVO get around 12mbps compared to my 3mpbs on 3G.

      Location! Location! Location!
    1. Jhagedon's Avatar
      Jhagedon -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I still find it stupid that Americans have to pay extra to tether their phone in the first place. They're paying for a certain amount of data, so don't punish them for how they use it
      I totally agree. It's double-dipping as far as I'm concerned.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by freddiepr View Post
      Desperately waitng for the Sprint iPhone.... Real unlimited plan.
      And that's what many people said about Verizon too and look how that changed.
    1. RippedThemer's Avatar
      RippedThemer -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I still find it stupid that Americans have to pay extra to tether their phone in the first place. They're paying for a certain amount of data, so don't punish them for how they use it
      took the words outta' my mouth bro. I haven't got a notice from att yet but this is just ridiculous for them to change our plans automatically
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Because tethering typically uses FAR more data than what the phone would use by itself.

      Seriously, you people who try to "hide" and tether when it's not part of your plan are clogging up the networks for the rest of us, including the ones who legitimately pay for tethering service.
      That's a ******* good one... "Clogging" if you want to pay for it that's your problem. It's just like getting free music I don't pay for my songs but I have to go through more steps to get it. It doesn't clog ****. It's the same as people who use Netflix pandora YouTube constantly. And with ios5 u can use cellular data for hd YouTube and FaceTime now. "clogging" smh