The always money grubbing AT&T is making headlines again. And once again it's related to the iPhone. The wireless operator is discretely cracking down on iPhone users who are tethering their data plan to other devices using jailbroken solutions. Unauthorized tethering allows other devices to piggyback off the iPhone's data plan to skip out on having to pay an extra fee.
At first it seemed as if AT&T was only threatening iPhone users with jailbroken iPhones with a friendly reminder that it offers official data tethering plans, but it seems AT&T's taken it another step further. Users who continue to use unofficial tethering solutions such as the popular app MyWi will be automatically switched over the AT&T's official DataPro 4GB plan by March 27. Anyone who quits their jailbroken ways will be spared and not forced to upgrade.
AT&T is clearly monitoring where data packets are being transmitted very closely and wants to kill unauthorized abuse of its network, but this is just ruthless. Here's AT&T's email threat:
"Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan... if we don't hear from you, we'll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB after March 27, 2011. The new plan--whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you--will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan."
Whether you like it or not AT&T is sending out a message through its tether police and by the looks of it, there's really nothing that can be done if you resist. You could switch over to Verizon, but who knows how long it'll be before the Big Red does the same.
Who's your daddy now? AT&T with a smacking ruler.
Via Ars Technica