The days of using your jailbroken iPhone as a hotspot for free tethering without consequence will soon end. AT&T has been sending out warnings to customers about unauthorized tethering, threatening to revoke unlimited data plans for those in violation.
Vodafone UK has announced that it is no longer differentiating between on-device and tethered data use, hopefully marking the start of a trend that will cross the Atlantic and be copied by North American carriers. Customers must be on one of a new set of price plans, launching today, though existing subscribers can shift to a new plan with no contract extension, assuming it costs at least the same as they're already paying.
Over the last few weeks, AT&T has been trying to crack down on iPhone users who are using jailbroken devices to tether on the network without paying the extra $25 fee. Users who AT&T determines are using unofficial tethering are getting a text that warns them that they will be charged the $25 monthly fee if they continue to tether automatically. I suspected at the time with AT&T making the move that we would see the carriers start to move against unofficial tethering too.
AT&T obviously isn't relying on either honor or guilt to get people to stop unofficially tethering their phones. Having sent out SMS warnings last month to smartphone users caught tethering without a special data plan that they were flouting the carrier's policies, AT&T has apparently followed up with a second message, reports TiPB, saying they'll be automatically upgrading users to the appropriate package, an extra $45 $25 per month.
AT&T finally got with the times and offered iPhone users official tethering despite the fact that the iPhone and the capability for a long time. AT&T in its infant suck had blocked the feature out of fear of putting its already sketchy networking in many areas under even more pressure. It took the Verizon iPhone getting the tethering feature to finally get AT&T to man up.
We mentioned earlier this morning that AT&T was set to finally add tethering to a series of unspecified smartphones on February 13. We can assume and hope that this unspecified devices will include Android smartphones and the iPhone. The iPhone would be a shoe in since the Verizon version has the feature.
T-Mobile USA has announced that their previously-promised Tethering and WiFi Sharing add-on - which allows mobile hotspot functionality for an extra $14.99 per month - will be available from November 14, for those users on "4G Web – Unlimited" $30 monthly Even More plans or "4G Web – Unlimited" $25 Even More Plus plans. Meanwhile, on the same day there will be two new Even More promo plans for individuals and families; full details after the cut.
Here's an interesting development, part of a story that many would have believed closed. If you've been keeping up with Windows Phone 7, and how Microsoft admitted that tethering won't be supported by the mobile platform right off the bat, then the above title should seem pretty confusing. Or exciting. If you managed to get your hands on a Samsung Focus (for AT&T, here in the States), or the Omnia 7 (internationally), and you've been aching to use your device as a 3G modem, you can actually do it.
Despite the fact that Brandon Watson, in an interview on TWiT podcast Windows Weekly, said that Windows Phone 7 would indeed support tethering, and that the usage of the feature would be completely up to the wireless carriers offering the mobile Operating System, it seems that Microsoft has another thing in mind entirely. It looks like it won't be up to the carriers at all, because the system doesn't support it.
The HTC EVO 4G launched Friday on the Sprint network and destroyed the sales records for past Sprint handsets. It didn’t take long at all after the handset was launched for it to get cracked with a root solution in only a few hours post launch using the su tool.