AT&T Users! Did you get a text/email about tethering?!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mad Mac Maniac, Mar 18, 2011.


Have you recieved a Text/Email from AT&T?

  1. I have a tether plan- Yes text/email

    0 vote(s)
  2. I have a tether plan - No text/email

    8 vote(s)
  3. Jailbroken and I tether - Yes

    21 vote(s)
  4. Jailbroken and I tether - No

    92 vote(s)
  5. Jailbroken and I don't tether - Yes

    3 vote(s)
  6. Jailbroken and I don't tether - No

    15 vote(s)
  7. Not jailbroken and no tether plan - Yes

    3 vote(s)
  8. Not jailbroken and no tether plan - No

    68 vote(s)
  9. I don't use AT&T

    17 vote(s)
  1. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    As most of you should know, AT&T is attempting to crack down on people who tether against their rules. (see for reference)

    There have been some reports of people receiving this text/email even if they don't participate in this activity. So.... Let's start a Poll!!! This should hopefully clear up the accuracy of these texts...
  2. dmrowley macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2010
    Dortches, NC
    Not yet, but I use it for an hour a month at most, and only to browse / check email. I probably use 15-20 meg, and I have an "unlimited" account. I refuse to pay an additional $20 a month for that little usage...

    I may not be on the radar at this time.
  3. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    I'm JB and use PDAnet to tether. My reason to tether is only for my iPad. And I've only used it a handful of times so I haven't gotten a text.

    I'll be paying attention to what's going on with this and if there's a way around it. My home ISP doesn't charge per computer so I'm not supporting my wireless ISP pulling that. :mad:
  4. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    So far only one person has gotten a text or email... Hmmm....

    And here's something I wonder. I haven't jail broken and/or used tethering. If I jailbreak and tether after that march 27 date, would AT&T immediately start charging me(assuming they can tell) or would they have to email and give me a few weeks notice?
  5. Thedeathbear macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2010
    I just use it very infrequently and no text. I actually used it today for about a half hour to see if I'd get one. I just hear about people who have high data usage getting the text. I rarely go over 3GB a month.
  6. Jtony macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    Yes on text, email

    Received both text and email, I jailB , use mywifi, Mostly use my iPhone , watch netflix on iPhone alot but have used on iPad with teether
  7. AuroraProject macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2008
    Right there
    I'm on Jailbreak and MyWi. I tether a couple hundred megs a day, no email or text message yet.
  8. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I havent tethered since the 11th when I got a 3g ipad 2 instead of my wifi. by I tethered 5 days a week every week before the 11th and no text/email. of course Its just web surfing so its not like im streaming videos or anything over it. its basically the same stuff id do on my phone just easier to read on the bigger screen. so maybe their only going after users that use a ton of data.
  9. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    I'm jailbroken running MyWi but I use it at the most once a month. Only when I need to take my iPad outside the home. So I barely crack on any usage. Some are saying AT&T might be only tracking high usage users with the unlimited Data plans.
  10. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Seems like a lot more people have been getting the text or email that aren't even jailbroken... That's interesting...
  11. jesusplay macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    jailbroken...tether... almost 200GB of data most recent cycle...

    no letter no text...

    I had 24 GB last month
  12. Howdr, Mar 19, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 20, 2011

    Howdr macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2010
    Per what I see you will...................:(

    Hmm I've been tethering in past but not since the new Iphone4

    I don't think it matters when just if they flag you.
  13. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    :eek:Good lord, get a router and some Internet. :D
  14. vastoholic, Mar 19, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011

    vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Yeah I'm confused on these emails/texts as well. I usually used just a couple hundred mb's a month as well except for back in February when I used as my primary connection for a month and used 20GB's. My normal data usage has usually been under 2GB's. No letter either.
  15. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    jailbroken and I don't tether often but I do so I answered yes. No letter.
  16. Kalixox macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
    I Use a ton of data!!!

    I have a very boring uninteresting job and constantly stream Netflix or YouTube. I use about 20 gb/ month. I have an iPhone 4 on 4.2 ( now 4.3) with unlimited data. I have never tether,although I have been thinking about it. I have never been contacted by att. Don't know if this helps...
  17. Stankonia macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2009
    Denver, CO
    I tether frequently and haven't received a text or email. However, I only go through 2-3 GB per month (on the unlimited plan) and supposedly AT&T is focusing on heavy users from what I've read here and elsewhere.

    It'll be interesting to see if AT&T is truly cracking down on tethering period, or just mainly trying to get rid of the heavy unlimited users using tethering as an excuse to change their contracts.
  18. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    Virginia, USA
    I rarely use MyWi... and because of that, I won't get a text/email. I used 4GBs between December and Now. So I'm not worried at all. I mean even if they could tell I was tethering... Why should I pay for 4GBs a month.. when I only used 4GBs since December. =P
  19. makefunnyfaces macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2010
    West Virginia
    Oops. Accidentally selected the wrong answer.

    I'm not jailbroken, I don't tether, & I haven't received an email.

    I probably won't tether unless I can get a tethering plan + unlimited, which is unlikely.
  20. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    Northeast Ohio
    you might want to re-think that. There have been people using <2GB a month that got the message.

    To the poll Im jailbroken and tether. use 2-4GB a month and no message.
  21. bsbuggs macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2010
    Just got the email today. My usage did spike in Feb(15GB) due to netflix and pandora.
    Whats the best way to reply to ATT email to contact them.
    I think I may move to Clear wireless for my tethering needs. Any thoughts?
  22. Tito Georgie macrumors 6502

    Tito Georgie

    Jul 17, 2010
    New York
    What ?????? It says they would automatically enroll me after april 16 ? What what o_O I have unlimeted plan btw.

  23. Ameyer macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2011
    Tethering on unlimited

    I too received an email yesterday. I have a jailbroken phone and tether. Has anyone heard of a way to fight AT&T? From my understanding, they have no right to change your policy without your permission. As long as the account is in good standing (not late or disconnected). The problem comes down to the fact that AT&T was very shortsighted with the unlimited data plans. They didn't consider people could use third party software to tether. Unlimited should be exactly that "UNLIMITED"! I have been paying way too much for way too long just to keep my grandfathered unlimited plans.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  24. SharepointGuy, Apr 7, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2011

    SharepointGuy macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2011
    Rhode Island
    You really cannot fight it. You signed the contract stating that you would not tether as part of your unlimited data. Best thing you could do is use the changing in your contract terms to get out without paying an ETF.

    Edit: AT&T and Verizon also make changes to their cell phone policy all the time, that's why they give users 30 days to cancel out of their contract without paying a fee when a policy change is implemented. After the 30 days, if you have not cancelled you're automatically opted in and agreeing to the change of terms.

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