Looks like AT&T is keeping a close eye on their customers. If you are currently taking advantage of one of the many wired/wireless tethering options from the Android Market but you’re not paying for AT&T’s tethering option, you might want to check your phone bill next month. AT&T has been sending out a second round of text messages to all those they consider “illegally” tethering without paying for the required plan. They warn:
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.
Looks like AT&T is done with playing Mr. Nice Guy and apparently, they’ve been doing a good job at targeting violators. Its unclear how they know if you’re tethering or if you’ve just been doing a lot of YouTubing surfing and video streaming but if you have a golden tongue, I’m sure there’s some way you could argue your way out of charges.
I’d have to say, I’ve been tethering and hotspotting since my G1 days and this actually has me a little concerned that maybe one day Sprint could/will catch on and force me to pay up.
I know you guys are going to have some pretty strong opinions about AT&T’s policy and as always, express your thoughts below.