Tethering Charges

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  1. jimleszczynski macrumors regular

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    I've enabled tethering via the profile from the website visited on the iPhone. Everything works great! Now, I'm just curious as to wether I should be expecting a random charge on my bill this month.

    Has anyone else gotten charges for internet tethering yet?
     
  2. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    If you stay under 5GB per month you should be fine. For now..
     
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    No one really knows what AT&T is going to do. Using tethering on the iPhone is a violation of the TOS. Whether they'll do anything about that has been debated ad nauseum on these forums.
     
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  5. jimleszczynski thread starter macrumors regular

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    where is this statistic from? and how exactly are you supposed to determine how much data is being transfered?
     
  6. Kyeris macrumors 6502

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    Go online and check your usage with AT&T, click on Data, you'll get a usage in MB (or GB if you've gone over 1024MB)
     
  7. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    Settings, General, Usage.

    Add the Sent and Received. Just be sure to reset it when your bill turns over.
     
  8. jimleszczynski thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ya, I just tried that. So basically as long as I stay under the 5GB soft cap. They will not review my account? and I should be ok?

    If they were to notice. Obviously my contract would be in violation. But what else could/would they possibly do.
     
  9. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    There is no way to guarantee they will not review your account or question your activity.

    They could charge you fees for excessive use and terminate your service.
     
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    STOP THE RUMORS! There is no 5GB soft cap for the iPhone. It is true unlimited usage with AT&T and the iPhone.
     
  11. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Not true from the threads on here about tethering. Supposedly, tethering doesn't show up in usage. You can maybe see it in your account in AT&T but that's somewhat after the fact, if you can even see it there. I don't have tethering, so I'm only reporting what others have said that do.
     
  12. jimleszczynski thread starter macrumors regular

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    you are correct in saying that it is unlimited. However, it does not mean they may not review your account after a 5GB data usage.
    (or so I've read online)
     
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    Well, if it's anything like going over on your "text messaging plan of 200 messages" several years back, then they'll charge for the overage; then threaten to shutdown your services or you can upgrade your account to the tune of an additional $30-$35 per month.....:eek::eek::eek:
     
  14. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    There IS NO SOFT CAP. These are just rumors put out that keep getting repeated. NO ONE has a link to state this. The TOS does not state this.
     
  15. jimleszczynski thread starter macrumors regular

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    I see. Its always a pain trying to determine the bull **** from fact.
     
  16. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    Would you rather play it safe and believe the 5GB rumors or go data-crazy and rack yourself up a $1,000 phone bill getting the attention of AT&T and having your account shut down for violation of tos?
     
  17. jimleszczynski thread starter macrumors regular

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    A Better Question.

    I suppose a more appropriate way to approach this question. would be...

    Has anyone had charges to their accounts for tethering yet?
     
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    I don't think anyone has or we would have heard about it. :D
     
  20. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    The argument is that those are all non iPhone data plans, and there is no official published mention of a 5GB cap for iPhone data plans.
     
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    That maybe so; I'm concerned that AT&T will follow suit with previous smartphone tethering, as they did with bumping the data plan charges for the iPhones from $20 per month to $30 per month....:(:(:(
     
  22. letsmod macrumors newbie

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    comcast doesnt say there is a limit either, but they wont hesitate shutting you off for reaching there non exitant bandwidth limit, I know this from personal experience.
     
  23. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    The data plan should stay the same, but tethering would be an additional fee ($55/month). So you're looking at $85/month if you want tethering..

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/167001/iphone_tethering_do_you_really_need_it.html
     
  24. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    From the TOS:

    "Furthermore, plans(unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, BLUETOOTH® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose."

    The iPhone is not specifically designated for tethering.

    The 5 GB limits people are putting out are for air cards and the plans that a poster posted above (thanks for somewhat settling where the soft cap limit rumors are coming from!). We know nothing about what AT&T will do for the AT&T. Anything before they tell us if pure speculation.
     
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    You should've got a lawyer, because I wonder how they would've defended that case. At least, they might have settled with you.
     

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