AT&T Notifies Unauthorized Tetherers to Knock It Off
Mar 18, 2011, 8:20 AM by Eric M. Zeman
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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