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AT&T Has Started Removing Unlimited Plans For Jailbroken Tethering

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    9to5 Mac reports today that it has heard from some of its readers that AT&T is going ahead with plans that it announced earlier in the year to remove unlimited data plans from those of its customers who use jailbroken iPhones to tether off the back of their unlimited data plan. According to one of their readers, he or she was told by AT&T that from Thursday, August 11, anyone using MyWi or any other tethering on their iPhone, or using the phone as a modem, will have their unlimited data plan switched to a 2GB tethering plan, at a cost of $45 per month. The customer will have no say in this matter, and it will be done automatically. 9to5 Mac says that they have also had this independently confirmed to them by an AT&T spokesperson, although not the August 11 date. Here’s the text of that confirmation from AT&T in full, which makes things pretty clear:

    Source: Jailbreak hotspot-ers: AT&T is moving you to a tiered data plan involuntarily | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
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    Pathetic. These company's need to be governed. They are bleeding us dry.

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    Governed? No one requires you to own the product. There are plenty of other free market alternatives. Please, don't ask the government to get involved unless you want Apple and AT&T both to go out of business.

    -t
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    The government getting involved in 1974 and breaking up ATTs monopoly doesn't seem to have killed the company. Nor has legal action against Microsoft in Europe put them out of business there.

    Just sayin'
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    You want the government to regulate the behavior of private companies in an open market so you can steal their network bandwidth? Really?

    -t
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    How do they know you are JB?
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    Most developers look for a process called 'sbsettingsd' running on the iPad.

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    I have SB Settings. So they are actually going to look at your iPad?

    I'm not gettin it, am I?:eek:
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    A program running in the iPad can see the 'processes' that are running on that iPad. If you have SB Settings on your JB iPad, as most JB people do, then that 'sbsettingsd' process will be running. That process is absent on a non-JB iPad. So a developer simply has some code in his/her app to check if sbsettingsd is running. If it is, it's a JB iPad for sure. And then they tell you nasty things...:(

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    We use half a dozen different techniques to test whether or not we are running on a jb iPad... It's pretty simple to do.

    From an application standpoint deciding what action to take, if any, is the interesting step. Those applications presenting content that has restrictive licensing need to be sure they are complying with their license agreements. We developed one of these apps and we do not serve content to the UDID of a jb device, even if you revert back to a non-jb device. This was a requirement of the customer...

    -t
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    Swim in their pool. Play by their rules.

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    With three daughters and constant upgrades, I'm suck in their pool for the next 437 years. Oh well....
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    In Canada we basically have 2 choices. So they gouge us to death. I'm sick and tired of the monopoly. All the little companies that use their networks are being capped as well. So yes if this crap happens in Canada I want the gov to step in. The gov is the voice of the people so you shouldn't be afraid of them stepping in on monopolies. They are there to protect us.

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    Interesting to know considering a BestBuy employee just told me this earlier today. I think it's ridiculous how they're trying to control how people are able to use the service that we already pay for.

    I can see what people are going to say in response to my post, but then at the same time that's just my point of view.
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    Verizon just announced a similar program to stop jb tethering.

    -t
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    I can agree with them getting upset tethering with the unl plan, but that being said, I do believe that if you are paying for a set amount of data, like the 2GB plan, then they should have no say it how anyone uses it. sorry do not care how many think that is using too much data, 2GBs of data is 2GBs of data no matter what you are using it for.
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    And exactly what would you do to control these companies in your socialist state?

    It's a free market. Don't buy their products. It's not like they have a monopoly.

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    Umm, yes they do! At least they do here in Canada. Bell Canada and Rogers is the only two. All others are using their networks and are getting throttled. Small ISPs and cell providers are being forced to cap their customers. It is a monopoly for sure.

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    Don't buy an iPhone or iPad if you don't like the product offering - and that includes the 3G service providers.

    Buy something else that offers you more of the services you require.

    It's not a monopoly. It's the free market.

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    I have t mobile with a android phone and it's free to tethering . I feel luck for that because I have wifi only iPad 2 but what sucks is AT&T is buying .t mobile

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