How to get around AT&T Data Throttleing (APN Settings)

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  1. Bartboy919 macrumors member

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    Hey guys, I have recently been throttled on my iPhone 4S using AT&T, but have noticed that there is a work around for this, which simply requires changing some APN settings.

    I have found a guide for this, but unfortunately it is for Android, and there doesn't appear to be any way to change the Phones APN settings from within the phone itself.

    So, my question is, could I change the APN settings on my iPhone to reflect the settings in this guide? I'm sure it is possible, as I have a jailbroken phone, I just have come up with dead ends when trying to find a way to change them. What do you think?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You have to allow APN editing in the carrier bundle or install a Cydia tweak for it.
     
  3. Bartboy919 thread starter macrumors member

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    Any specific tweak in cydia that will let me do that? APN editor which is in the stock sources did not work at all, couldn't even download it.
     
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    I'm unable to actually input my own custom settings with this "webapp". They just happen to be prefab profiles that I'm not able to change the settings on.
     
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    Would this really go around AT&T detecting unofficial tethering on your iphone?
    Just because it works on some androids would it have the same results on an unlimited iphone data plan?
     
  7. Bartboy919 thread starter macrumors member

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    The APN is a universal standard all GSM phones have. If it works on android phones, there should be no problem with it working on an iPhone, or even a blackberry for that matter.
     
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    The APN will obviously work but will AT&T eventually detect it used on an iphone for unofficial tethering?
     
  9. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    But the subject is about throttling, not tethering.
     
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    Oh, that's right.
    My mistake:)
    So when you get throttled, change the APN and still get decent speeds instead of worst than edge downloads.
    Good find if it works.
     
  11. Bartboy919 thread starter macrumors member

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    It was a fantastic find, the only problem is that I have yet to find a way to edit the APN settings on my phone. It is really quite irritating actually.
     
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    If your jailbroken and install Tetherme u can have access to those settings. The android guide is for LTE phones, which can fall back to HSPA+, so I'm not sure trick works with the 4s.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    What the settings do is force the phone to utilize HSPA+ speeds, which is all the iPhone 4S is capable of utilizing, so, in theory, this should make it so your phone will never be throttled.
     
  14. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Changing APN settings will not fix throttling.
    You're phone is throttled based on its IMEI number, so switching APN settings is pointless.
     
  15. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    If APNs are being used to get around throttling OR tethering, you can bet it's probably just a matter of time before AT&T finds a workaround to the workaround.

    This is gonna be a continual arms race, just like jailbreaking.

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    Untrue. You can swap the SIM of a throttled device to a new phone with a different IMEI, and that new device will be throttled. This article and video demonstrate that.

    Throttling is line-specific, not based on IMEI.
     
  16. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    But if this "solution" solves the throttling problem, but creates the problem where AT&T threatens to automatically switch the user's data plan to a tethering data plan (that costs $20/month more), what's the point? :confused:
     
  17. cyks macrumors 68020

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    ...with the added bonus that if AT&T finds you, they'll gladly charge you extra and change you to another data plan- forcing you out of the Unlimited.
     
  18. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Hard to say what they'd do if they found people using APN bait-and-switch to get around throttling.

    But we've known since day one that the Unlimited plan isn't meant for tethering, so I have no sympathy for someone who finds themselves in that situation.
     
  19. Bartboy919 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    If they boot me off unlimited, I could care less. The only reason I have changed to the 3 gig tier is due to the off chance there would be a way around it.

    In essence, im going to stick with unlimited or die trying.
     
  20. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Throttling and tethering are two different subject matters.

    Is the OP concernened about getting caught getting around throttling? Or tethering?
     
  21. Bartboy919 thread starter macrumors member

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    Throttling, though I will also use tethering, but have PDA net, which hides the tethering activity.
     
  22. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    My bad... That's what I meant... it's specifc to the SIM.
    APN swapping will do nothing.
     
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