MyWi Tethering: Anyone Charged by AT&T?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by NJRonbo, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Listen, I know this has been asked many times before.

    There are probably countless answers to this question
    all over this forum. I apologize for asking again but I
    must not have been using the correct search verbage
    and I am in a position where I need to tether and have
    answers about what to expect....

    In short, if I am doing a lot of data uploads and downloads
    with MyWi tethering is AT&T going to charge me for it?

    Do they become aware of the tethering at all?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.
  2. Cortezbanks macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    Havent been charged anything, but then again I don't use it much
  3. chargit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2010
    Evansville, In
    I use it alot and have never been charged a dime or even questioned about it. your safe!
  4. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    :rolleyes: Yes, they are aware of the tethering. However, they're less likely to do anything if you stay under 5-10 GB/month. If you're one of those idiots who are d/l torrents and using a few hundred GB/month, we don't know what AT&T will do.
    Don't abuse the system; use cable/dsl/t1 when you're at home.
  5. dgstan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    Cue the "tethering is stealing" Nazis in 3....2....1.....
  6. sethpen macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    I have been using it since it's been out. on my 3G and 4. I have played online games going down the road and videos as well. Like eastercat stated. Don't abuse it much and you should not have any issues.

    If your uploads and downloads are not torrents or large movies then you should be fine.

    Come to think of it I have never heard of anyone being charged. It is a fear of mine though.

  7. sethpen macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Tethering is not stealing. Charging you for what you are already paying for is stealing. :mad:
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Never had a prob here and havent heard of anyone that did either.
  9. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Never heard of anyone being charged or getting caught. But, to be on the safe side, follow these guidelines...

  10. hackthatphone macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2010
    If you exceed your data plan limits you will be charged in certain cases. While I don't use mywi I did use the commcenter hack and was billed for excess data. I didn't go crazy either, just 30 meg over my allotment.
  11. hackthatphone macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2010
    Actually that sounds more like fraud to me.
  12. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    That is honestly where my problems lies with it. It's crap for them to dictate how I used my data. It would be like putting a meter on my water line and charging me more for the water I wash my dishes with than the water I use to wash my clothes.

    With my unlimited data plan, although I tether every once in a while, the most I've ever used is about 2 GB, and that was when I downloaded the TomTom app over 3G after my actual TomTom crapped out on a trip. I definitely have different feelings when I see people sucking down a blu-ray or two a day though.
  13. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Of course, since I am still under the unlimted
    data plan I would think that there shouldn't be
    any red flags raised about the data I use (and
    I don't plan to download bittorents)
  14. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    Getting charged for exceeding your quota has nothing to do with MyWi or the commcenter hack.
  15. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Hardly Nazi's. I myself tether with MyWi when there's no internet available.

    But I do it responsibly. Check emails on the go, surf some websites. No more than 50 mb additional ever.

    People who abuse tethering and use it as a home internet connection and torrent/download video all day are the worst.
  16. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX


    I like to use it with my ipad. I have unlimited but very seldon hit 2gb a month. If I didnt have home wifi I would be the reason we now have capped plans.

    Cant blame ATT, you can expect them to deliver 20gb a month for 30.00
  17. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    My main concern was that its use remains mostly
    undetected by AT&T as long as not abused.

    Thanks everyone!
  18. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Don't worry, AT&T doesn't know using MyWi, but don't be heavy on the usage or they might get suspicious.
  19. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2010

    My names "John" from AT&T Customer Service. Let's get started with you providing me with your phone number with area code first please.

    Please provide me with your full name and last four of your social so we can continue. Thank you

    Do you mind while I put you on hold while I check your data usage?

    I believe there is something wrong with our system today, it show's your using an enormous amount of data! Enough for 3-5 people. Let me double check with my supervisor, please hold...


  20. monkey28rb macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    i use mywi and i am fine. I pulled 650mb in an hour and a half watching a movie on a trip.
  21. bella92108 macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    I got a $15,000 bill from AT&T because I used lots of data.

    ... of course it was because their billing system screwed up and dropped my data plan off so it was charging me per KB, haha... but they credited it.

    I highly doubt they can legally charge you, how would that hold up in court? "We know you have unlimited data, but we think you're using more than we think you should under our definition of unlimited?" ???? LOL
  22. cougar11 macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    lmao so very true, ****** att
  23. bella92108 macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2006
    Term # 103.55.6 in your contract: WE define Unlimited as "as much as WE think YOU should use, and WE don't think YOU need to watch videos, download songs, apps, or open more than 10 web pages per day. That's the AT&T Way!"

    I'm so glad yesterday was my last day on AT&T!
  24. cougar11 macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    well thats good to hear that ur outta att stuck with them for 2 yrs, wish i can get unlimited though :( (ip4 was my 1st ever iphone)
  25. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    It is stealing when you signed the terms and condition that the data is only for your iPhone usage.

    OP: ATT knows that you are tethering but just won't do anything.

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