Did I just get caught tethering?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by slapguts, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. slapguts macrumors 6502a

    slapguts

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    Huh. Maybe they can trace it. I'm using Apple's built in solution, included with 3.0.

    EDIT: I did tether my laptop to my iphone at Starbucks the other day to use their 'Free for iPhones' wifi, wonder if they could tell I was tethered.
     

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  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    My mum walked in on me once when I was tethering. very embarrassing.
     
  3. JDee macrumors 6502a

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    Wow - nightmare!! I'm not sure, I think it's just the text you get when you start tethering.
     
  4. thejay2012 macrumors newbie

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    I just got that message too only I am not even running 3.0 o_O
     
  5. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it's a big deall. I got the same message.
     

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  6. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    You don't need to tether to use the free WiFi at starbucks. Can't you just login using your AT&T mobile number? I use their WiFi all the time, then again I am also an AT&T U-Verse customer and use my AT&T email address and password to login.
     
  7. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Hee! ;) :D
     
  8. LePigeonBleu macrumors 6502

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    i got it on my blackberry... so not only iPhones.

    m
     
  9. slapguts thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, pointless paranoia. Sorry about that.

    I just figured the way AT&T seems to be locking down on all of us 'advance' users of 3.0 and our attempts to get MMS to work, killing tethering was just the next step.
     
  10. vinay427 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/5H11)

    It's because of U-Verse that you get it free on something other than the iPhone. I've never used the free iPhone WiFi thanks to U-Verse.
     
  11. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68040

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    Did you go blind? :D
     
  12. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816

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    I think you are right. To the original poster: I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's not like they sent you a message saying "We have detected you are tethering and this is a violation of TOS." I really don't think they have any way of knowing that you are tethering. And, data speed alone is not proof to them - they still have to make a guess. And, it's not worth their time. They aren't going to spend their money hiring someone to spy on you. Don't worry about it too much. They probably send the message you received to everyone when they log on.

    No, he lost his connection and had to re boot up and re sign on after she left.
     
  13. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    The real question is, are you master of your domain?
     
  14. velvetelvis macrumors 6502

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    nope, im out. great ep.
     
  15. The General macrumors 601

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    That's the text message you get when you connect to AT&T wifi and log in for the first time using your iPhone number.
     
  16. natasha69 macrumors 6502

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    lol. tethering means using 3G, not wifi.
     
  17. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Surely it's just any sort of Internet connection...
     
  18. kolax macrumors G3

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    Tethering = sharing your iPhone's internet connection.

    Probably only supported on 3G..
     
  19. prospereagle92 macrumors regular

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    nope not true. you can use your iPhone's wifi connection to tether.
     
  20. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Yah, I agree that it's the standard message after you log on with your iPhone number for the first time. I know of some good meds for paranoia-schizophrenia if you're interested.
     
  21. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816

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    That's right. The definition of tether is: "to be tied to another object."
    So, if your computer is connected (tied) to your phone, and then your phone connects to the internet and transmits the data from the phone, through a wire (a tether) to your laptop, then you are tethering.
     
  22. Eso macrumors 68000

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    Do laptops without WiFi cards even exist anymore?!
     
  23. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Exactly, tethered to the phone. So as long as the phone is connected to the Interwebz somehow, then your sharing that connection. Doesn't matter how it's done.
     
  24. redrog macrumors 6502

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    Probably not, but I would like to be able to utilise the free wifi hotspots I get access to on my iPhone (O2), that are not free on my mac.
     
  25. Misslisajo macrumors newbie

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    bracing for the bill

    The wap.cingular suddenly started showing up on my data charges on the At&T website. I wonder if I will get charged for it? Some transfers show up as "phone" when I used the phone, then as "wap.cingular" when I was tethering.

    Has anyone else noticed any changes when they looked at their account online?
     

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