We had previously reported that AT&T is cracking down on those who illegally tether their iPhones without a tethering plan, and now we’re learning that the carrier is sending out text messages stating that if users do not either cease to tether without an appropriate plan or continue to tether sans a tethering plan, the carrier will force the user to the correct plan on the next billing cycle.
The carrier has been sending out courtesy free text message warnings to those users that the carrier is ‘detecting’ as using the tethering capabilities of the iPhone without the appropriate plan; that message reads:
AT&T Free Msg: We’ve noticed you’re continuing to enjoy the tethering feature with your smartphone service. Remember, you need a tethering plan ($45/mo, incl. 4GB) to use this feature, so we’re planning to update your line with the required plan soon. Visit att.com/dataplans or call 888-860-6789.
The ability to manage our network and enforce our policies enhances the quality and consistency of the customer experience; this is nothing new. In this case, our network is able to determine if a smartphone customer is using the device as a broadband connection for other devices.