AT&T Starts Charging iPhone Jailbreakers With Tethering Fees

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is starting to remove unlimited plans for users who jailbreak iPhones to tether or hotspot off of AT&T’s unlimited data plans without the consent of the customer. Below is a confirmation from an AT&T spokesperson about the change:

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 aren’t on our required tethering plan. Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers. (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 we’ll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf — after the dated noted in their customer notification

I thought this was an interesting approach to handle jailbreakers for AT&T. Charing customers for a service without their consent seems like it would cause a lot of criticism, but jailbreakers know that tethering without paying isn’t exactly the right thing to be doing either.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

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