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Old November 29th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to avoid ATT detecting my tethering?

I just renewed a 2 year contract with ATT. I excited to root my phone and have internet where ever I go for $25/month. $25 is a little steep, but I'm willing to pay that.

A few days ago I received a nastygram from ATT saying "Did you know a tethering plan is required?" My understanding is that I will be auto-billed for the tethering plan if I don't contact them.

First off, what should I say when I call them?

Secondly, I've been reading for the past two hours about how to stay under ATT's radar. At first, my intention was to only use the tethering to play online poker (less than 10MB/hour.) But I eventually got greedy and used it for youtube, internet radio, etc.

All I have done with my phone is root it then mess around with a value in PostSQL. What can I do to make sure I do not get detected by ATT in the future.

I appreciate your input.

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Old November 30th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't believe you can. They are on to you now. Be preparred to pay $45 for the 4GB tethering plan. The only other way is to use wifi.
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That's so messed up. The only reason I bought this damn phone is so I could tether it and use 200MB-500MB a month. Why does everyone in this world have to be so greedy and shady?
I've literally spent the past 5 hours trying to find a solution to this. A major problem in my search is that anything over a month old is almost irrelevant.

Has anyone had experience with the PDAnet or EasyTether apps that claim to be able to "hide tethering?"

The only other option that offers a glimmer of hope seems to be using a VPN. I would set up my phone so that all the data goes through my home internet connection. I'm not quite sure how to go about doing this. I would greatly appreciate some more experienced users to comment on this idea.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Perhaps you should READ a contract and the Acceptable Use policies before you sign up for service with the intent to DEFRAUD the company.

That's what you are doing. If you don't pay for the tethering and you try to get around it, you are violating your contract, and abusing the system.

And, it's people that do things like this that make it MORE EXPENSIVE and harder for people like the rest of us that follow the rules.

Using a VPN or any other method won't help you. AT&T uses the HOP counts in the TCPIP headers to determine where the traffic is coming from. Every device along the connection adds another hop to the headers. AT&T knows that your device (phone) should be the next hop from the WAP. If it see's the data going 2 hops past the WAP (Your device, THEN the tethered device), they know it's not stopping at your phone.

As far as anyone here offering you HELP, I can tell you that you won't get it. It is a violation of the rules you agreed to when you joined here. We can't tell you how to violate your contract. That would make this site just as Liable for the violation as you are.

Sorry - but it's like this. If you want to tether, you pay for a tethering plan.

I can tell you what I did. I picked up a Mobile WiFi hotspot that's Pre-Paid. (You can get them at Wal-Mart for about $100 for Virgin, AT&T or Verizion.) When I'm going to be on the road, I pay for the service I use and my Laptop and tablet can both surf on it. If I'm not going to be on the road and need it, I don't pay anything.
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