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AT&T Notifies Unauthorized Tetherers to Knock It Off

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Mar 18, 2011, 8:20 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T has begun alerting smartphone customers who tether their devices for mobile broadband use -- but aren't paying for that feature -- need to either pay as required or cease tethering. AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom confirmed to Phone Scoop via email, "We've just begun 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." The letter gives these customers three options from which they can choose. They can stop tethering and keep their current plan (including grandfathered unlimited plan); they can proactively call AT&T or visit its stores and move to the required tethering plan; or they can do nothing and AT&T will go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf -- after the dated noted in their cease and desist customer notification. Tethering lets users attach a smartphone -- such as an iPhone or Android device -- to a laptop and use it as a wireless modem to connect to the internet. The tethering and data plan costs $45 per month for 4GB of data, which is the total available for surfing from the handset ($25/month) and from a computer ($20/month) combined.

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All you can fit into one bag. Troll-Bait Mar 18, 2011, 6:03 PM
It's About Time. Slammer Mar 18, 2011, 9:20 AM
you gotta fight! for your right! pickles Mar 19, 2011, 6:03 PM
Black people in the civil rights movement, womens sufferage, slaves, the original colonists pickles Mar 19, 2011, 11:51 PM
To anyone who tries to hide behind the T&C: mycool Mar 19, 2011, 1:59 AM
DEAR AT&T flip mode Mar 18, 2011, 10:44 AM
I blame ATT and any other carrier marufio Mar 18, 2011, 4:36 PM
New terms? No. Troll-Bait Mar 20, 2011, 9:30 AM
Just sell the data kingstu Mar 18, 2011, 1:19 PM
Hi, I'm J.G. Picklesworth pickles Mar 18, 2011, 10:31 PM
This makes me glad I am with T-Mobile.... dnbstyle29 Mar 18, 2011, 9:00 AM
The difference between what is right and wrong and what is allowed. Kineticboy2001 Mar 19, 2011, 4:25 PM
Fire AT&T & go to more data/tether friendly T-Mobile and Sprint... tether Mar 18, 2011, 10:18 PM
How do they know? ReschDMD Mar 18, 2011, 11:16 AM
Still gonna tether for free !!!!!! Att_user04 Mar 18, 2011, 10:32 PM
read your T&C's lomspence Mar 18, 2011, 3:23 PM
and why isnt the FCC telling ATT to knock it off their 4G BS?? netboy Mar 18, 2011, 8:56 AM
AT&T needs to learn the functions of Android b4 they claim users are doing somethin wrong boredandtattooed Mar 18, 2011, 9:20 AM
Tell me island4prez Mar 18, 2011, 1:54 PM
To which I have to say to AT&T-- muchdrama Mar 18, 2011, 3:00 PM
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