Tethering - Risky?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by forcekin, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. forcekin macrumors newbie

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    I just jailbroke and installed MyWi (haven't bought it yet, but I think I probably will since it works brilliantly), and I'm wondering if it's very risky to use my Iphone as a wifi hotspot? Does AT&T see this as just data usage, as if I was watching youtube videos or surfing safari, or can they tell that I'm tethering?

    Basically, I'm wondering whether tethering (no more than a GB per month or so) carries a real risk of incurring extra charges/having my service cancelled.
    Thoughts?

    EDIT:I guess I should clarify, I'm using an iPhone 3GS with AT&T that I bought right around when the 3GS was released.
     
  2. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    No, it doesn't.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No reports as of yet of people paying any additional fees.
     
  4. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    I've been tethering a ton since September, not one additional charge. Free tethering, FTW
     
  5. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    I haven't even heard of this happening, but I think at worst, they'll give you a warning first. Even though it's against the TOS, the public backlash at charging per KB for tethering would be too much of a PR disaster for AT&T.
     
  6. forcekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ah, I guess I'll be fine then, love the ability to make a wifi access point anywhere with AT&T service. I'd assume that AT&T would start to crack down on jailbroken tethering once they offer an "official" tethering option (which will undoubtedly cost $30+ per month)
     
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  8. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    How would they crack down, i they cant detect it now? Im confused. Every AT&T phone I've had I've had I've hacked for tethering, never got any word not in 3 years
     
  9. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816

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    Been tethering since january of '09, no additional fees. There is no point in paying for MyWi, if you download the sinfuliphonerepo and install the tethering for 3G/3GS, you get it natively where you just turn it on through settings. You also get APN settings configuration and a counter. It works very nicely.
     
  10. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    LOL I'd rather pay the tiny sum of 9.99 and give someone their due for making my life a tad easier and more fun.
     
  11. rileyb76 macrumors member

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    BUMP.
    Anyone run into any charges with AT&T yet? Just found out about Mywi. Looks sweet!
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nope, nothing so far.
    You will be fine.
     
  13. Advil macrumors 6502a

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    i came in here to ask the same question... i'm at a friends house for a week with no internet so i've been tethering 3g and used around 5 gigs in two days.

    we'll see what happens =\
     
  14. capn7 macrumors member

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    You pay for an unlimited plan already (I'm assuming,) so you should have the ability to use however much data you might want.
     
  15. Advil macrumors 6502a

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    I hope unlimited actually means unlimited.

    If they ask me, I'm just going to say I've been using my iPhone constantly for a few days since I have no internet.

    I could say I've been on youtube/vimeo and crap for hours a day right?
     
  16. gloss macrumors 601

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    I believe that AT&T's 'unlimited' data for iPhone is more like a 5GB cap.
     
  17. himni macrumors regular

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    The 5GB cap is a myth. I have exceeded 6GB multiple times and I use tethering 6 hours a day M-F at work. I haven't had a charge or any difference on my bill.
     
  18. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I believe it is a myth....I went to 7GB of usage in Aprils, and 7.4GB of usage in May so far(due to the MLB@BAT app, gotta stream my Red Sox everygame/day).
     
  19. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    AT&T can tell jail broken iPhones from normal iPhone in some cases. It's just not worth he effort of doing anything about it. After all, you're still paying.
     
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  21. BacklitFirefly macrumors 6502

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    Not for iPhone. There isn't a 5GB cap on unlimited.
     
  22. h1w1nd macrumors member

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    If you purchase MiWi and for some reason you have to restore how do you get it back without purchasing again?
     
  23. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Copy/pasted from my response elsewhere:
    You'll be able to redownload [any purchased Cydia app] on your new device. You just login with the same info and it'll show that you already purchased said apps. The ones I bought on my iPhone 3G worked when I got my 3GS, and also on my iPad

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=916317
     
  24. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That is false.
     
  25. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    There is no limit nor soft cap of 5 gb a month
     

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