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AT&T begins forced tethering plans for iPhone jailbreakers

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Thu August 4, 2011

Can disable unlimited plans

AT&T is starting to force capped iPhone tethering plans on people with unlimited data plans who have been tethering their devices via jailbreak, accounts suggest. The carrier has held a forced switch policy for some time, but is now allegedly giving people fixed deadlines, possibly with a hard cutoff of August 11th. Under AT&T's official data plans, tethering requires paying $45 a month, and limits total data usage to 4GB before overage rates apply.

An AT&T spokesperson is not confirming the deadline, but is saying that customers have only three options. The first is to stop tethering entirely, which also allows people to keep any previous data plans including the unlimited option. Alternately people can opt into a tethering plan voluntarily, or wait for the forced switch "after the date noted in their customer notification."

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    Oh boy, this is going to make all the jailbreaking tech wannabes living in their parent's basements reaaaaallllly mad.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wouldn't be so bad

    AT&T might not have gone after these folks with such gusto if they had not been using 10GB -20GB...or even more data. I have read different forums where these folks are complaining about AT&T putting the screws on them ... and they freely admit that they were using an exorbitant amount of data. I guess they just couldn't control themselves. Look what greed gets you...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yes lkrupp

    The only people jailbreaking are tech-nerds who live at home. Right.....

    That's why cydia is raking in $10 million a year. It's from all those live-at-home losers too cheap to spend money on apps.

  1. facebook_David

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Sep 2011


    Not tethering but...

    Ok, who's had to deal with AT&T lately?  Last month I received a nastygram from them accusing me of tethering.  I called.  They 'detected activity' on me.  I filed with the FCC...

    According to Jean, office of the president, after talking to the billing office, they have determined that due to the AMOUNT of data used I must be tethering. No, I have an unlimited plan and listen to iheartradio and 5-0 radio around the clock.. (plus Facebook).  

    If I don't immediately drop my use, they'll switch me to a 2 gig tethering plan...  FCC didn't do anything so far, where do I take it next?  Including class action.

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