“AT&T has started to issue warnings to customers unofficially tethering their smartphones to its network,” Andrew Munchbach reports for BGR.
“In an email to unauthorized tetherers, the company writes, ‘Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.’ The correspondence goes on to note that users will be automatically enrolled in the $45 per month ‘DataPro for Smartphone Tethering’ plan if they ignore the warning,” Munchbach reports. “‘The new plan – whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you – will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan,’ the email continues”
Munchbach reports, “The standard DataPro offering is $25 per month and provides users with 2GB of monthly data, although some users are still clinging to a discontinued, $30 per month 5GB data plan. It is safe to assume that a large portion of the unofficial, tethering populous is jailbroken iPhone users and rooted Android users. ‘If you discontinue tethering, no changes to your current plan will be required.’
The full article, which includes a copy of AT&T’s email, here.
MacDailyNews Take: You already pay for the data, but you can’t use it in certain ways unless you pay AT&T for it again. We don’t know what to tell you except to contact your congressperson and hope that one of their large campaign contributors isn’t AT&T (or any telecom company). Good luck with that.
MiWi users: Be careful out there.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]