Another crackpot theory on AT&T Tethering notices

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  1. DirtySocks85, May 9, 2011
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    DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    So I've been reading several of the threads in regards to AT&T tethering notices going out since they first began in March. There seems to be no apparent rhyme or reason to who is and isn't getting the notices. We've seen it span across various methods of tethering (MyWi, TetherMe, PDAnet), and even in a variety of data usage (as few as 200MB, and more than 7-8GB), one pattern that I haven't seen anyone discuss is geographic location. It's possible that AT&T hasn't rolled out their detection system to the whole country yet, or that they're specifically targeting areas with heavy network use in order to reduce congestion.

    I for one use between 1.5-2GB every month, and tether with MyWi and haven't gotten a notice yet (although I scaled back my tethering usage quite a bit for about 2-3 weeks after I heard about the initial notices being sent out). I live in Wichita, KS and while we have decent 3G coverage here, AT&T tends to be very slow at expanding 3G coverage outside of the immediate Wichita metro. Clearly I live in a low priority region for AT&T, and I'm wondering if this is the reason that I haven't gotten the notice. I propose that we have people (who tether unauthorized) post their city and whether or not they have received a notice. Maybe we'll see some patterns emerge, or maybe my crackpot theory is just that... crazy.

    For simplicities sake:

    Wichita, KS - about 2GB of usage per month, MyWi, no notice.
     
  2. h1r0ll3r, May 9, 2011
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    DC. No notice. Use MyWi and TetherMe sparingly though.
     
  3. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    northeast ohio here, got notice on 2 seperate lines, use mywi
     
  4. hidefguy macrumors 6502

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    San Diego, California. Received notice. Used Tethere Me.
     
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    St. Louis, Missouri. MyWi, no notice here, use 4gb a month.
     
  6. scirica macrumors 68020

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    Suburb of Dallas, no notices yet. 1 - 2gb per month usage on unlimited plan. Usually it's TetherMe with native hotspotting.
     
  7. erayser macrumors 65816

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    From San Diego also, but no notice. I used MyWi, but only used it moderately.
     
  8. ryguy2303 macrumors 6502

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    Same for me, but no notice.
     
  9. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    I use it sparingly, usually on vacation. Live in Dallas. No notice.
     
  10. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    Is there any truth to the statements that later versions of iOS make it easier to detect tethering?

    I am on 4.2.1 and tether occasionally...no text, not email.
     
  11. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Houston, Texas
    MyWi, but pretty sparingly as well. Probably at or a little less than 1GB/month. No notice.
     
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  13. The Tos macrumors 6502a

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    I am in Buffalo, NY. I use Tethere Me/MyWi. I have not received any email/text or notice from ATT. Usuaully around 1-2 gigs a month.
     
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    Southern NJ. 3-4 GB month. MyWi. Use it rarely. No notice
     
  16. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    People on MR have already said that the PDANet hide function doesn't work as they got notices after they used it without having used tethering before or in quite a while.

    Personally, I think at&t is using multiple methods of detection. It may be done by area as well.

    Colorado Springs, TetherMe very sparingly, No notice
    I used it while traveling in Northern VA 2 weeks ago, No notice.
     

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