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Thread: Does internet tethering cost money?

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    Default Does internet tethering cost money?
    will ATT charge me for tethering my phone to my computer?

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    Currently AT&T doesn't... but that's because it's not officially available for most non-JB iPhones. That said, iPhone tethering is technically against the Terms of Service (TOS) you agreed to with AT&T. The TOS states that tethering isn't allowed without purchasing a tethering-capable plan (iPhone plans aren't).

    AT&T hasn't stated anything firm yet, but they might start charge for tethering once the 3.0 firmware releases, as it allows for tethering. However, it's also possible AT&T won't allow tethering options enabled (tethering options are done by carrier bundles installed onto the phone), and, in effect, it could continue to be against the TOS to enable/use tethering on the iPhone.

    This part won't be completely known for the next few weeks, probably.
    Last edited by GenesisDH; 2009-05-24 at 08:37 PM. Reason: reduced wording
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    If AT&T notices a ton of data usage and suspect you of tethering, there is some fee tacked onto your bill...

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    ^Agreed, if they notice (and they will) they can rape you.

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    goddamnn where does it say in the tos that if I download too much i get charged??? I thought unlimited is just unlimited... also can i just say like I watch a lot of youtube videos...

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    You need to read the fine print....of the unlimited contract.

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    Haha "unlimited"


    There is no cost to use it but if you abuse your data, they can bill you .015 USD per Kilobyte or something outrageous like that. I have used it sparingly when I am on the road and need to look something up or remote into a system and also hit 5-8GB of data on my phone alone and been fine.

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    I herd somewhere it was 5 gigs. I've also read people hitting 15-20 gigs and nothing happened to them.

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    I try and use close to 5 gigs a month.

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    i know right i pay more for 3g than i do for dsl... and i download like 20 gb of goodies per month on my dsl....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMPLX View Post
    i know right i pay more for 3g than i do for dsl... and i download like 20 gb of goodies per month on my dsl....
    Hell, I pay for 3G and its not within a hundred miles of where I live!
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    I read somewhere that AT&T will only get upset and charge you more but only if you are using it online for 16 hours a day 7 days a week, then you are obvioisly using it in a way that it was not intended for.
    But what do l know, i still cannot even figure out how to work the iModem app or sync it to the Wi-Fi ..... And so here i am trying to comment as i find my way to the appropriate forum thread. )

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    Dude, use PDAnet, it has a USB option that works?

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    i use 3.0 tethering and haven't had any excessive charges. I have been using it since beta 3.

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    thsnks Fhadso ,
    Will do that Pdanet this morn'
    Just have to re-read the tutorial again.

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    If I open a VPN connection on the iPhone, and tell it to send all traffic, then tether using PDAnet, can ATT tell that I am tethering?

    I currently have a dd-wrt router with the VPN option at my house that I have a VPN account on that works with my phone, and have been tethering this way to avoid ATT thinking anything is up...

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