1. w00dy's Avatar
    Again my point is that there should be no excessive use on an unlimited plan.
    This


    ATT should have made clear what they meant instead of 'throwing' a word out like UNLIMITED. ATT is a BIG company with a top paid legal team. Maybe ( i say that smugly) they should have used a different word other than UNLIMITED.

    If True Value charged you $20/month to enter their store and you could have UNLIMITED products for that $20/month deal, would you take it?
    IF you would take it, wouldnt you use a shopping cart to help you get your products out to your truck? Yeah you probably would.

    But like I said earlier, this will give many the chance to get out of their contract and probably with an iphone they only paid $199/$299 for instead of full price. Then they could sell that ATT iphone for what they paid and sign up on a Verizon UNLIMITED plan with a $199/$299 iphone.
    03-22-2011 09:56 AM
  2. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    I'm on Verizon with my cell service and my iPhone 4. I have unlimited data. I do tether for light surfing and checking email on my iPad. I don't tether 30GB a month because technically I am not supposed to be tethering. So when you tether, you have to be cool about it, IMO. It's like speeding. It's ok to do a few MPH over the limit. But don't think a cop will let you get away with driving 130MPH.

    So when I want to stream data, I revert to my 2GB 3G play I am legally paying for, which goes through AT&T's network. Since I have unlimited on the phone itself, I have no problem in using any amount I choose. But 30GB a month means you are either sleeping or streaming video. Someone needs to get out more
    03-22-2011 10:59 AM
  3. BigLan's Avatar
    I'm on Verizon with my cell service and my iPhone 4. I have unlimited data. I do tether for light surfing and checking email on my iPad. I don't tether 30GB a month because technically I am not supposed to be tethering. So when you tether, you have to be cool about it, IMO. It's like speeding. It's ok to do a few MPH over the limit. But don't think a cop will let you get away with driving 130MPH.

    So when I want to stream data, I revert to my 2GB 3G play I am legally paying for, which goes through AT&T's network. Since I have unlimited on the phone itself, I have no problem in using any amount I choose. But 30GB a month means you are either sleeping or streaming video. Someone needs to get out more
    We don't know if he's getting out or not. He might be. That shouldn't matter, that's what unlimited means. My Internet is connected 24/7 being I'm home or not, that's what I paid for. If my ISP were to cap me on that data knowing I signed a contract for unlimited access, I would be upset. AT&T has just started it's tethering plan and going after heavy users assuming they might tethering. There're deciding what's excessive on unlimited plans and capping it at 4GB. Heavy use might not be tethering, just unlimited data usage. So in your example "it's like speeding"; It's more like the speed limit is 70, I'm going 70, and get a speeding ticket for going 40 miles over the limit. Where was the sign for the limit being 30; there isn't one. WHAT?!!
    03-22-2011 12:46 PM
  4. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    He's getting what he paid for, on the handset - unlimited. What he is doing, is tethering a huge amount of data. And he isn't paying for that. Is that hard for anyone to comprehend, or am I missing something here?
    03-22-2011 04:04 PM
  5. kch50428's Avatar
    He's getting what he paid for, on the handset - unlimited. What he is doing, is tethering a huge amount of data. And he isn't paying for that. Is that hard for anyone to comprehend, or am I missing something here?
    No. But there are those people who think tethering is part of "unlimited on the handset".

    Tethering a handset is not intended nor should it be used as a replacement for a DSL or cable home or business internet connection. If one is using it as such, they should pay for it as such at the very least.

    My $0.02
    03-22-2011 04:13 PM
  6. Fausty82's Avatar
    He's getting what he paid for, on the handset - unlimited. What he is doing, is tethering a huge amount of data. And he isn't paying for that. Is that hard for anyone to comprehend, or am I missing something here?
    Yup, I understood that in the first post, icy... I agree - it's not that difficult of a concept to comprehend...

    03-22-2011 04:23 PM
  7. BigLan's Avatar
    Anyone who's using a JB app for tether isn't paying for it and that's the point with AT&T. They want you to pay them for ANY tethering you might do. But IMO, if you have a capped plan it wouldn't matter because if you go over they'll simply bill you anyway for the overage. Be it 4GB, 10GB, or 30GB.
    03-22-2011 04:25 PM
  8. briankeith513's Avatar
    I think it is so friggin stupid when I hear people complaining about their smartphone data being unlimited, so they should be able to tether. The data plan that we pay for for smartphones is obviously just for the data on the smartphone, NOT for tethering. So, if we jail break to go around/break the rules, then we are wrong, NOT the carrier. With that being said, if people didn't abuse the jb tethering, we wouldn't even be discussing this right now.
    03-22-2011 09:36 PM
  9. Jimbos Jumbos's Avatar
    Anyone who's using a JB app for tether isn't paying for it and that's the point with AT&T. They want you to pay them for ANY tethering you might do. But IMO, if you have a capped plan it wouldn't matter because if you go over they'll simply bill you anyway for the overage. Be it 4GB, 10GB, or 30GB.
    I disagree

    You are paying for a service. internet access.

    I dont see any difference then any of these following examples

    Paying for cable tv, but watching it on two different televisions in the house

    Paying for internet and using a router so you can hook up your laptop

    buying a movie on itunes and watching it on a device other then the computer that you downloaded it on.

    streaming music from your computer via apple tv, so you can listen in other rooms

    all of these examples are buying a service, and using it in a differnt way then originally intended.

    and all of these examples are legal

    I also just read my ATT contract and sevice agreement. There is nothing listed that says I can not use 3rd party apps or that I can not tether my data to other devices.
    03-23-2011 08:48 AM
  10. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I'm sorry to say that it's this attitude of I have to live by the rules why the carriers can r4pe us without conscience. The problem here is two wrongs don't make a right so to simply say these people are breaking the rules so it's ok for the carrier to charge us extra to access the same data you already pay for just in a different way. It is ridiculous, just to pay extra to access via tether. It costs the carriers way less than they charge to provide the bandwidth otherwise they wouldn't do it, it costs way less to provide text messaging and yet we all pay 100x what it costs them to provide the service. So first off unlimited should mean unlimited, this would be considered false advertising if anyone else did it but it's the carriers so any caps that are imposted well that's just the way it works Yes you are right that you pay for unlimited data on the handset but tethering is an option that has been around for how long now? here in Canada the carriers provide tethering for free so why does AT&T which I would say is a bigger company feel they need to charge for it? In order to really be fair it would have been a whole different story to say people who are using MyWi we know who you are and you have the chance to switch to a tethering plan that will have a 5GB cap and if they want to charge for tethering then we're going to give you 3 months free to get accustomed to the new plan.
    Last edited by Ipheuria; 03-23-2011 at 09:22 AM.
    03-23-2011 09:19 AM
  11. wcarlson40#IM's Avatar
    It doesn't matter if we think it's morally wrong or unfair for the carriers to charge extra for tethering. The bottom line, is that they have decided that there is an additional charge for tethering. If we don't like it, there is always a choice. You can go to another carrier, or stop tethering for free. And if no carriers offer free tethering, you always have the freedom to start your own wireless company We'll all sign up for free tethering when you do!
    03-23-2011 11:32 AM
  12. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    I think one thing to take into consideration is the amount of traffic a network can comfortably handle. Iph mentioned if Canadian carriers can do it, AT&T should be able to give it for free as well. I would think the volume would crush AT&T's network. Service in some areas is already bad enough, and if everyone had unlimited tethering it would get worse. So they offer 2GB for a fee. To some, 2GB is alot, but to others it isn't. I'd like to see 2GB of free tethering, 3GB at maybe $10, and 5GB at $20, or something along those lines. Plus, unlimited on the handset. This crap about paying for cable but watching it on 2 TV's is a poor analogy because that signal is coming via a cable, and not via cellphone spectrum.
    03-23-2011 11:50 AM
  13. w00dy's Avatar
    I disagree

    You are paying for a service. internet access.

    I dont see any difference then any of these following examples

    Paying for cable tv, but watching it on two different televisions in the house

    Paying for internet and using a router so you can hook up your laptop

    buying a movie on itunes and watching it on a device other then the computer that you downloaded it on.

    streaming music from your computer via apple tv, so you can listen in other rooms

    all of these examples are buying a service, and using it in a differnt way then originally intended.

    and all of these examples are legal

    I also just read my ATT contract and sevice agreement. There is nothing listed that says I can not use 3rd party apps or that I can not tether my data to other devices.

    with this being said..

    wcarlson...
    It doesn't matter if we think it's morally wrong or unfair for the carriers to charge extra for tethering. The bottom line, is that they have decided that there is an additional charge for tethering. If we don't like it, there is always a choice. You can go to another carrier, or stop tethering for free. And if no carriers offer free tethering, you always have the freedom to start your own wireless company We'll all sign up for free tethering when you do!

    I guess you take sides with big business ability to alter their contracts. Or better yet, add context to an existing contract that does not exist in that contract otherwise.
    03-23-2011 11:53 AM
  14. Fausty82's Avatar
    I think one thing to take into consideration is the amount of traffic a network can comfortably handle. Iph mentioned if Canadian carriers can do it, AT&T should be able to give it for free as well. I would think the volume would crush AT&T's network. Service in some areas is already bad enough, and if everyone had unlimited tethering it would get worse. So they offer 2GB for a fee. To some, 2GB is alot, but to others it isn't. I'd like to see 2GB of free tethering, 3GB at maybe $10, and 5GB at $20, or something along those lines. Plus, unlimited on the handset. This crap about paying for cable but watching it on 2 TV's is a poor analogy because that signal is coming via a cable, and not via cellphone spectrum.
    Further, the 2TV analogy is not relavent because most cable companies allow it under their ToS... same for the broadband service/router analogy... typically ISPs have an "allowed but not supported" approach to that one.

    The issue really is about data usage/network load/traffic... so the simplest solution is to cap the data plans with realistic caps that are stated as cap limits (not "unlimited" that is capped at 5GB, for example)... if you have a 5GB plan, allow you to use 5GB any way you want (or 2GB or 250MB) - your handset/tethering/whatever... AT&T (and other carriers) is confusing the whole issue by charging for data AND for tethering... maybe it's a money grab, maybe they're confused or maybe they are idiots/geniuses, but all of the confusion is certainly having a huge negative PR effect...
    03-23-2011 11:58 AM
  15. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    I like that idea, 5GB to do with what you please. If you need more than that, chances are you need to find a wife and life!!
    03-23-2011 12:04 PM
  16. BLiNK's Avatar
    I like that idea, 5GB to do with what you please. If you need more than that, chances are you need to find a wife and life!!
    so is this the consensus then? are we, that have the "unlimited plan", safe to tether up to this point?
    03-23-2011 12:09 PM
  17. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    LOL don't quote me!!
    03-23-2011 12:32 PM
  18. Fausty82's Avatar
    LOL don't quote me!!
    Me either... even if WE reach consensus, there's no accounting for what the carriers may do...
    03-23-2011 12:39 PM
  19. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I know carriers are independent of what we're discussing here. I think you guys get what I was trying to say. They need to work with their customers since really that is the hand that feeds them. So be fair to both the service and the receiver. So like you guys said the unlimited plan would remain unlimited for headsets while the tethering plan would have a 5GB cap and give the users the first two or three months free for switching from unlimited. So they would be fair to both sides while pulling in cash and new customers as customers would be alot happier and recommend it to others. There ofcourse be those who the cap for tethering isn't enough and they would continue to use the unlimited plan. So at that point without warning they could just simply move them to the tethering plan as punishment. The analogy currently is more like paying $20 for pizza and when you get there it's not sliced up and they want you to pay $15 just to slice up the same pizza you already paid for. The people who defend the carriers, again I have to say it's attitudes like that why carriers charge what they want. The attitude of well you always have the option of not using a cellphone or going to the competition who charges exactly the same thing. It just frustrates me to see that people aren't willing to stand up for fair treatment for everyone.
    03-24-2011 07:41 AM
  20. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    How the hell does so much spam get into TiPb??
    03-25-2011 12:56 AM
  21. Garz's Avatar
    How the hell does so much spam get into TiPb??
    Happens elsewhere too. Just report it. Many times we get it cleared quick but if not, we'll eventually get to it.
    03-25-2011 02:34 AM
  22. Fausty82's Avatar
    How the hell does so much spam get into TiPb??
    two full pages of that crap AFTER these comments... grrrr
    03-25-2011 10:11 AM
  23. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    Happens elsewhere too. Just report it. Many times we get it cleared quick but if not, we'll eventually get to it.
    not as much as here... im a member of a few other forums with over 3000 posts and only seen it ONCE...
    03-25-2011 01:46 PM
  24. Garz's Avatar
    not as much as here... im a member of a few other forums with over 3000 posts and only seen it ONCE...
    I was a mod on Crackberry for 2 years. We had more come in there. Just that site was so busy with many different forums within that forum it was hardly noticeable. Like I said above, just report it. We'll get it handled
    03-25-2011 02:06 PM
  25. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    i was a mod on crackberry for 2 years. We had more come in there. Just that site was so busy with many different forums within that forum it was hardly noticeable. Like i said above, just report it. We'll get it handled
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    03-25-2011 02:09 PM
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