AT&T has begun to send customers on the carriers older unlimited data plans with jailbroken/rooted devices that tether on the plans text messages stating that if customers don’t cease the activity, they will be forced off of the unlimited plans onto the newer DataPro plans with the 4GB tethering allowance with no way to recover the previous plans.
This also follows the carrier’s previous announcement for those on the older smartphone unlimited plans that AT&T would begin to throttle those customers that the carrier considers within the 5% of the customer base that uses more data than the rest of the customer base combined beginning in October, though the carrier has yet to confirm what criteria it is using to arrive at such percentages and number of customers affected by the forthcoming changes in a bid to protect its network integrity. A statement from AT&T follows at the Continue Reading link
Earlier this year, we began sending letters, emails, and text messages to a small number of smartphone customers who use their devices for tethering but arenâ€™t on our required tethering plan.Â Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers.Â (This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.)
The letters outline three choices:
1) Stop tethering and keep their current plan (including grandfathered unlimited plan)
2) Proactively call AT&T or visit our stores and move to the required tethering plan
3) Do nothing and weâ€™ll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf â€” after the dated noted in their customer notification
AT&T first began sending such messages to customers earlier this year, though those were meant as a friendly warning to let jailbroken tethering users known that the carrier is still able to figure out what type of activity the phone is doing regardless of being jailbroken/rooted, with many taking the warning at face value while others continued the activity. This most recent wave of warnings is now being followed up by potentially financially stiff action from the carrier and is sending the message that it will do whatever it takes to make sure its customers abide by its rules, for better or worse.