Can you turn on tethering feature only when traveling and pay less?

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  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    I only tether when I'm traveling, as I have wifi everywhere I go in my normal day to day life.

    If I use AT&T's app to turn on tethering before I leave on a trip, and turn it off again when I get home, will the extra $20 charge be pro-rated for the time I'm on my trip?

    For a weekend trip (say, three days) that comes out to about $2-$3 which isn't bad at all, and I can get online as needed. My tethering is very light usage so I'm not too worried about the 2GB cap.

    Has anyone tried this? Are there extra charges or caveats? I'm traveling over near years and am thinking of attempting it but would love to hear if it's worked for anyone else first.
     
  2. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    AT&T's tethering for the iPhone is $20 or $30 a month. I don't think it works the way you're thinking.

    You can jailbreak your iPhone, buy an app from Cydia called MyWi ($20 - one time) and tether away without AT&T knowing. MyWi is perfect if you still have AT&T's unlimited data. <- I do this all the time.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You can also use the official tethering for a month and then call and cancel it after you're done.
     
  4. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    So there's no way to use it unless you pay for the entire month?

    That makes it fairly useless, as most places have for-pay Wifi, and when I do use it I end up paying less than $20 on a typical trip.

    Oh well. Shame that AT&T has to kill such a useful feature by making it so expensive.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I believe you can cancell it early and just get prorated charges for the days you used it. Call up AT&T for details though.
     
  6. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well, I got tired of "wondering", so I'm going to take the risk and be a guinea pig.

    I'm traveling for New Years. I'm going to turn on tethering before I leave, and use it while traveling. Then when I get home, I'll turn it off.

    When my next bill comes (in about a month) I'll let you know what the damage is. I'm willing to take a little risk to settle this question finally, as I've not seen it answered *anywhere*.
     
  7. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    If you have unlimited data, you will permanently lose unlimited if you turn on tethering. Something you might want to consider if you have unlimited.
     
  8. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    I don't; I joined the party in November after they stopped offering it. :)
     
  9. kavlo26 macrumors member

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    So how did it turn out? Any hefty charges/were you able to cancel? :)
     

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