AT&T Will Force Unlimited Jailbreak Tetherers To Upgrade On August 11th, Here’s How To Thwart Them

AT&T Will Force Unlimited Jailbreak Tetherers To Upgrade On August 11th, Here’s How To Thwart Them

AT&T is informing jailbreak tetherers on grandfathered unlimited data plans that either they stop tether or sign up for 2GB tethering plan. If you don’t abide, AT&T will sign you up for a 2GB tethering plan and kill your grandfathered unlimited data plan for good.

A thorny wicket. It’s probably not fair to congest AT&T’s networks by sucking up data from your iPhone to play World of Warcraft on your MacBook Pro without, you know, paying for it, but if you’re intent on doing so, there may be a way to avoid AT&T’s scrutiny, keep tethering through your jailbroken iPhonei, and keep your unlimited data plan, all at the same time.

AppAdvice shares this great little Cydia trick: instead of using MyWi to tether, use PdaNet.

[W]hen your iPhone goes into tethering mode, it announces itself to AT&T, making it easy for them to detect you. To avoid that, the developers of PdaNet built-in a special mode to their tethering app to avoid being detected by AT&T.

It’s not 100 percent, as AT&T has other ways to detect you, but if you want to give it a try simply download PdaNet from Cydia, and switch on the “Hide Usage” option. As far as we know, nobody has yet reported getting detected using that. As usual, violating AT&T terms of use is at your own risk.

The best thing about this trick is that PdaNet is free for most sites, while MyWi will cost you after a demo period, so there’s no reason not to give this a shot. It might not work — especially if you’re sucking in an ungodly amount of data through tethering — but it’s better than going meekly into that brave night.

  • lsl74
  • AlterThending

    Paid 20 bucks for MyWi where’s the updates to hide! Come on now.

  • Howie Isaacks

    WTF! Why help jailbreakers get a free ride?  Is Cult Of Mac now the jailbreaker’s guide website?

  • MacRat

    Many of Browniee’s posts have been on the shady side.

    This one is nothing new.

  • aol1

    I’ve been trying to determine if MiWi, PDANet or TetherMe are “detectable” by AT&T.  If anyone can verify, one way or the other, if any of these apps hide tethering successfully (in conjunction with low-bandwidth tethering, because it’s my understanding that AT&T is charging people who use a lot of bandwidth regardless of tethering) please post.  From what I’ve read, MiWi has a “stealth mode” and TetherMe attempts to properly program the APN so that AT&T can’t tell you’re tethering. 

  • Mike Rathjen

    Free ride??? The minimum voice plan plus unlimited 3G data is $840 a year. This article doesn’t explain how to get a free ride at all.

  • GDal

    AT&T should be ashamed!

    Here in the UK, I have unlimited data, with tethering included, and no threats regardless how much data I use, and I use a lot. All for £30($48)/mo. I could have gone for a cheaper £25 unlimited plan too. I’m considering ditching my broadband.

  • Gene

    “It’s probably not fair to congest AT&T’s networks by sucking up data from your iPhone to play World of Warcraft on your MacBook Pro without, you know, paying for it.”

    I did pay for it. That’s what any logical human being would infer from the term “UNLIMITED DATA.” And the argument goes on and on.

  • randomlychad

    I know someone who’s been using TetherMe to tether a WiFi-only iPad for about 3 months now to his jailbroken, unlimited data-slurping iPhone–never gotten a nastygram from AT&T.

  • Basta Ikaw

    @facebook-604438201:disqus @MacRat:disqus You are both douchie morons. I have paid $5280 to AT&T for service for both mine and my wife’s iphones.  I only use tethering when I absolutely have no other option.  I am not using more than 4-5GB a month and now AT&T decides that they don’t like me having my unlimited plan because they are too damn lazy to upgrade their network? And John Brownlee is considered shady for showing how to get what is rightfully ours? why don’t you 2 get your apple news from a different website if you don’t like it. go back to engadget. douches!

  • MacRat

    You agreed to your ATT contract.

    You have no rights.

  • randomlychad

    [Bill Clinton voice] Well, I guess it depends on what your definition of unlimited is. [/Bill Clinton voice]

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    http://applefanboynews.com/

  • Ronald Stepp

    I still don’t see how they can (yes I know they do with no shame) sell you data, then once they sell you the data, they charge you extra to use that data on whichever device you want to hook to it.  It’s like if Ford sold you a Truck, then charged you $20 dollars extra each time you filled it with gas.

  • Billypedia

    un·lim·it·ed
    ? ?[uhn-lim-i-tid]  Show IPAadjective1.not limited;  unrestricted; unconfined: unlimited trade.2.boundless; infinite; vast: the unlimited skies.3.without any qualification or exception; unconditional.This is the definition of “UNLIMITED” there needs to be an update to MyWi, these companies are charging WAY to much for a sub-par service!

  • nthnm

    While I don’t do it (mostly because I don’t need to), carriers rape their customers more than enough already. And it’s even worse in Canada.

  • Brandon Dillon

    MacRat, I hope you are a troll and not serious. There is no competition with providers. They have invested more money into lobbyists than their own network, which they have no intentions on upgrading. For the most part, you’re getting fucked in the ass no matter which company you go with. AT&T contract can blow me. Their service isn’t worth half of what we have to pay.

    You’re are a douche bag.

    You have no rights.

  • Nate Heath

    I have a ‘friend’ that uses MyWi rarely when ‘they’ are in a bind. ‘They’ can’t justify a tethering plan for 20mb per month. If ‘they’ haven’t gotten a warning should ‘they’ be worried?

  • Jose Sainz

    Ive only used pdanet level 2 hide since the jailbreak came out and today i got a tethering message and i used a little piece of data not even 100mbs with pdanet

  • Christopher Hopper

    PdaNet works great. 

    Was a big fan of MyWi up until I started getting texts from AT&T last summer. Finally they AUTOMATICALLY moved me to a tethered plan. I called and contested it, asking how on earth they could change my plan without my consent. They assured me it was well within their contract, but eventually folded, giving me back my unlimited plan so far as I didn’t tether anymore (or else they’d automatically switch me to a tethered plan). 
    I read about PdaNet and decided to try it. Been using it for over a month, and no notices from AT&T. 

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