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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:15 AM   #1
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iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 Disables Unauthorized AT&T Tethering



One of the big changes discovered in the latest iPhone 3.1 Beta released tonight was that it seems to disable tethering hacks for AT&T customers in the U.S.

Tethering is the process by which you can share your iPhone's wireless internet connection with your laptop via USB or Bluetooth. This allows you to have access to the internet from your laptop, using your iPhone as a wireless modem. While tethering officially arrived with the 3.0 firmware, U.S. AT&T customers have been unable to officially take advantage of it.

Shortly after the release of the 3.0 firmware, however, several hacks began circulating allowing U.S. AT&T customers to unofficially enable tethering on their iPhones. The latest beta firmware, however, seems to disable this functionality.

AT&T plans to provide an official tethering solution later this summer, but will certainly require an additional charge beyond the standard data plans.


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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:18 AM   #2
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Sucks to be an AT&T customer

Tethering is great up here in Canada. Couldn't live without it now that I've had it.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:18 AM   #3
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I'm sure jailbreaking will provide a work around.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:19 AM   #4
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Does this affect other network hacks arround the world too?
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:26 AM   #5
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Aaand that's exactly why I won't be upgrading beyond 3.0.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:27 AM   #6
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I'm sure jailbreaking will provide a work around.
It already did, since the launch of the iPhone 3G last summer. I have tethered using my 1st Gen flawlessly from AT&T, and plan to do so on my new and soon to be 3GS, with the same cost and $20 Data + SMS plan as my 1st Gen
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:28 AM   #7
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Does the O2 hack still work?
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:33 AM   #8
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Whoa...big surprise! (...not)

I think I'd rather AT&T allow me to tether with my iPhone for no additional charge, in exchange for making my "unlimited" data plan a "limited" plan of, say, 5GB a month.

There is no such thing as truly "unlimited," as the fine print reveals. So why advertise it as such...let me do what I want with what I pay for, and I will happily accept a less-than-infinite amount of bandwidth for my $30 each month.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:38 AM   #9
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Aaand that's exactly why I won't be upgrading beyond 3.0.
I second that. Why does AT&T have to be so money hungry? I understand they are a business and need to make a profit, but at what cost to them? If verizon gets the Iphone in 2010, AT&T are going to lose 75%+ of their iphone customers. We shouldn't have to wait to tether and pay the $60 EXTRA to tether. Look at all of the other carriers that are offering it to free or next to nothing. They are making a killing in profit because of all of the increased business. I am gone as soon as possible even if I have to pay the $180 early termination fee. Is anyone with me? And Apple...why are you biting the hand that feeds you. AT&T are not keeping you in business, WE are!
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:40 AM   #10
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I'm running beta 2 and I still have the tethering option available.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:40 AM   #11
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Anyone know whether this breaks XT tethering in NZ? I don't even own an iPhone but I know that quite a few people are using a "hack" for support over here.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:41 AM   #12
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D'oh!

"On August 31st, 2009, AT&T enabled tethering to iPhone subscribers - the first of it's kind - for a low, affordable, nominal monthly rate of only $29.99, which is in addition to the $30 data plan that iPhone users already pay. An AT&T spokesperson was quoted saying 'this is a really, really good deal. iPhone subscribers should be very excited. this is a great time to be with AT&T.' The AT&T spokesperson was then overheard telling someone about a '12 month tethering contract.' When asked 'what if the tethering contract expires after the iPhone contract?,' he replied 'That's your problem. not mine.'"

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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:42 AM   #13
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I won't be updating! Thanks for the heads up!
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:45 AM   #14
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If Jailbroken, PDAnet would still work.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 03:48 AM   #15
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OS Tethering also disabled

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Nope. Disables that too.

Disables SMS also. Crashes every time i try to sent a text!!

Avoid. Its a dog, this version
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D'oh!

"On August 31st, 2009, AT&T enabled tethering to iPhone subscribers - the first of it's kind - for a low, affordable, nominal monthly rate of only $29.99, which is in addition to the $30 data plan that iPhone users already pay. An AT&T spokesperson was quoted saying 'this is a really, really good deal. iPhone subscribers should be very excited. this is a great time to be with AT&T.' The AT&T spokesperson was then overheard telling someone about a '12 month tethering contract.' He then quickly said 'oops. you didn't hear that.'"
You forgot to mention the fine print saying the "unlimited" data has a cap at 5GBs. That is unless there is no tethering, then is it only truly unlimited.
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You forgot to mention the fine print saying the "unlimited" data has a cap at 5GBs. That is unless there is no tethering, then is it only truly unlimited.
Knowing AT&T, the 5GB plan will be $29.99 additional, and if you want unlimited, it will be $39.99 additional. After two years, the $29.99 plan will mysteriously disappear (like the $29.99 voice minutes plan mysteriously disappeared about three years ago), and they will then require anyone who buys an iPhone to mandatorily subscribe to the $39.99 plan.
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I second that. Why does AT&T have to be so money hungry? I understand they are a business and need to make a profit, but at what cost to them? If verizon gets the Iphone in 2010, AT&T are going to lose 75%+ of their iphone customers. We shouldn't have to wait to tether and pay the $60 EXTRA to tether. Look at all of the other carriers that are offering it to free or next to nothing. They are making a killing in profit because of all of the increased business. I am gone as soon as possible even if I have to pay the $180 early termination fee. Is anyone with me? And Apple...why are you biting the hand that feeds you. AT&T are not keeping you in business, WE are!
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lulz at american mobile service providers. sometimes i'm quite glad that i left.

but honestly, this whole contract business is absolutely ridiculous.
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lulz at american mobile service providers. sometimes i'm quite glad that i left.

but honestly, this whole contract business is absolutely ridiculous.
Honduran telecoms charge you $45 for real unlimited 3G connectivity. Here 3G is at 3.6Mb/s; however, its not like AT&T's 3.6Mb/s. AT&T's says 3.6Mb/s but you don't see that, you see something lower around 1.8Mb/s. Over here when they tell you 3.6Mb/s it is 100% 3.6Mb/s, even in heavy traffic.

Seems, telecoms have spent a great deal of money on a huge backhaul system. Trials for 7.2Mb/s are in way, but not scheduled for releasing for another 1-2 years.

Yes, even though technology advances slow here, it tends to be consistent and made to work.
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Nope. Disables that too.

Disables SMS also. Crashes every time i try to sent a text!!

Avoid. Its a dog, this version
Still works fine for me (Tethering and texting that is!).
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 04:10 AM   #22
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Yeah they already make you get the data plan already with PDA phones like the iPhone (there is only a few that you dont have to get the data plan with), the sales person told me the iPhone is constantly sending data and if you didn't get the data plan with the iPhone you would get raped with the bill so they make you get the data plan.

i dunno know how much BS he was slinging or if he was telling me the truth. but isnt that why you have the data plan, it figures that AT&T would charge you for something that should be a feature of the iPhone. hell it was going to be above $100 a month just for service with 400 - 500 minutes, since i am not made of money they can keep the iPhone. i will just keep my current phone in all of its crappyness and buy a iPod touch. i am just waiting for Apple to update the iPod touch to 3GS like hardware.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 04:13 AM   #23
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People shouldn't stick with 3.0 just to avoid tethering fees. I think ATT can still charge you for tethering even on 3.0, they just haven't yet.
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Honduran telecoms charge you $45 for real unlimited 3G connectivity. Here 3G is at 3.6Mb/s; however, its not like AT&T's 3.6Mb/s. AT&T's says 3.6Mb/s but you don't see that, you see something lower around 1.8Mb/s. Over here when they tell you 3.6Mb/s it is 100% 3.6Mb/s, even in heavy traffic.

Seems, telecoms have spent a great deal of money on a huge backhaul system. Trials for 7.2Mb/s are in way, but not scheduled for releasing for another 1-2 years.

Yes, even though technology advances slow here, it tends to be consistent and made to work.
we're already rolling 4G/LTE with 80Mb/s in rural and 150Mb/s in urban areas to cover the entire Swedish population (by the end of 2010, with stuff in the metro area by the end of the year). You can already enroll in the program, but I think it's capped at 21Mb/s until the end of the summer (or so).
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we're already rolling 4G/LTE with 80Mb/s in rural and 150Mb/s in urban areas to cover the entire Swedish population (by the end of 2010, with stuff in the metro area by the end of the year). You can already enroll in the program, but I think it's capped at 21Mb/s until the end of the summer (or so).
Oh I hate you. Then again, it's Sweden, a developed country. And well, Honduras isn't that developed considering 70% people live in poverty.....

So having these speeds for them is live touching heaven.
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