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05-06-2011, 02:09 AM #1
PdaNet Update Hides Tethering Usage from Wireless Carriers
If you’ve been tethering your iDevice without a data plan from AT&T, then you may have received an ominous text message instructing you to either stop your unauthorized tethering activities, or face being automatically enrolled in a data plan costing upwards of $45 a month. PdaNet has just released an update that includes a convenient “Hide Usage” feature that should put an end to AT&T’s threatening text messages once and for all.
PdaNet now includes a feature that allows users to hide the exact type of data that’s being downloaded. This gives users the freedom to use their devices any way they please, without incurring any additional monthly service charges. PdaNet 5.01 now includes a “Hide Usage” feature under the Advanced Settings, multiple Wi-Fi connections are now supported and the app has been completely rewritten to improve performance. Of course, the usual bug fixes are also included with this update as well.
It would seem that AT&T has finally discovered a way of determining if a customer has been using third party tethering apps or not. Apparently, AT&T does not simply look at the amount of data being downloaded, but rather looks at the type of data being downloaded instead.
AT&T tracks unauthorized tethering by checking the type of packets moving through their network. Packets not coming from an iPhone are checked and text messages are then be sent out to offending users informing them to stop what they are doing or face being charged for it. When this issue first came to light, it was widely believed that AT&T was simply cracking down on the heaviest data users on their network. Now it seems that AT&T has a more effective method of determining data usage among its customers
Now that PdaNet has developed an effective defense against AT&T’s crackdown, other developers are sure to follow suit and upgrade their apps as well. If you’re a MyWi user, you probably won’t have to wait too long for an upgrade to be released. We’ll just have to wait and see if this becomes a whole new game of cat and mouse within the jailbreak community.
Source: Cult of Mac
05-06-2011, 02:15 AM #2
I will wait until it has been tested before I download.
05-06-2011, 02:16 AM #3
This is very good news.
05-06-2011, 02:16 AM #4
I hope mywi implements this.
05-06-2011, 02:28 AM #5
05-06-2011, 02:41 AM #6
I noticed it already since I've been using this ever since it's inception.Why pay for the others when this is Free n Works Great with others. After all I use this wit my iPhone n iPad.It is Not by our Hands that things Change, BUT rather our Interventions that change ourselves.
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05-06-2011, 02:42 AM #7
I thought this feature to prevent at&t to see what you download and send you texts or whatever it is was solved ages ago and implemented into pdanet + others..I guess not...
05-06-2011, 02:48 AM #8
Confused is this a Cydia App, or Appstore download??
05-06-2011, 02:56 AM #9
Cydia app, of course.
05-06-2011, 03:03 AM #10
Rad. The Darkside wins AGAIN.
Rage Against The Machine. FTW
05-06-2011, 03:31 AM #11
05-06-2011, 03:51 AM #12
This is old news. That update was out like 2 weeks ago.
05-06-2011, 04:06 AM #13
Can ATT determine what app is pulling data? If so, I noticed everyone (myself included) was using MyWi and got busted. What if they simply research on the net what app's tether and they simply flag the phones using those apps? Is that possible? Would they target PDAnet next?
05-06-2011, 04:23 AM #14
Does anyone know the technical details of how pdanet is accomplishing this? I would be very interested in knowing this
05-06-2011, 04:33 AM #15
05-06-2011, 04:38 AM #16
I hope MyWi implements this soon. I don't like PdaNet's licensing scheme...it's too old school PC-ish. It's a per phone license so if I get a new iphone in a few months I would have to purchase a new license. Whereas MyWi is a per user license...much more portable especially if you like updating your iphone every year (or every year and a half, atleast for the next iphone).
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05-06-2011, 04:57 AM #17
I have an iphone 4 on 02 - will this hide the tethering usage ffrom them??
Thanks in advance
05-06-2011, 05:07 AM #18
Now that the jailbreak for 4.3.3 is out i hope we can get confirmation it still works on the newest fw. There were some posts flying around saying that bugs in tethering were fixed in 4.3.3 to make the tethering visible to AT&T.
Since this update with this feature came out a few weeks ago, If the dev can confirm it works on 4.3.3 I'll pick up a copy.
05-06-2011, 05:29 AM #19
Hopefully MyWi impliments this feature in the near future
05-06-2011, 05:34 AM #20