AT&T: “Upgrade to a Tethering Plan, or We’ll Do It For You”

Last March, AT&T sent out text messages and emails to inform its jailbroken iPhone customers that they must upgrade to a proper tethering plan in order to continue using their device as a mobile hotspot. Today, it appears that the carrier is acting on these plans by informing its customers once again that they must stop tethering or upgrade their unlimited data plan, for those who were grandfathered prior to tiered data plans, to a proper tethering plan prior to August 11.

Customers that are affected are jailbroken iPhone users who use AT&T’s MyWi service, tether, and/or use their phone as a modem without paying for a tethered data plan. If the customer does not follow through with these actions, AT&T will automatically enroll that customer in a 2 GB tethering plan for 45 dollars per month. AT&T stresses that these changes affect only a small portion of its customer base and are being made with the fairness of all customers in mind.

An AT&T spokesperson commented on the matter, but essentially reiterated what we already knew back in March:

Earlier this year, we began sending letters, emails, and text messages to a small number of smartphone customers who use their devices for tethering but aren’t on our required tethering plan.  Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers.  (This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.)

The letters outline three choices:

1) Stop tethering and keep their current plan (including grandfathered unlimited plan)

2) Proactively call AT&T or visit our stores and move to the required tethering plan

3) Do nothing and we’ll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf — after the dated noted in their customer notification


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