How jailbroken iPhone users can avoid being caught tethering by AT&T

How jailbroken iPhone users can avoid being caught tethering by AT&T
We know that there are those of you out there who would rather not have to pay AT&T an extra $20 per month for tethering when you're already paying upwards of $45 per month for a data plan. The trouble is that AT&T isn't really a fan of people avoiding their rules and fees, and the carrier has been cracking down on unauthorized tethering by jailbroken iPhone users. AT&T has been sending e-mails and SMS messages to customers asking them to stop the unauthorized tethering or else they would be charged.

AT&T actually has a very simple way to track down unauthorized tethering by iPhone users, because most tethering options use the same method as the official tethering, which routes your Internet traffic through an alternate APN (AT&T access point/router). This alternate APN is designed specifically to identify traffic as tethered, so AT&T can keep track of data usage and billing. Since many jailbreakers use the stock iPhone options for tethering, this makes it very easy for AT&T to track unauthorized usage and contact those in violation of their policies.

Luckily, one of the oldest and most popular apps in the Cydia app store for jailbroken iPhones is PdaNet from the good folks at June Fabrics. PdaNet has been around for the iPhone since the early days of jailbreaking (well before Apple offered a proprietary option), so the app has had plenty of time to mature and gain features. Right now, PdaNet for iPhone is on version 5.01, and best of all offers an option to hide usage from AT&T.

Of course, you'll need a jailbroken iPhone to take advantage of the app. Be warned that there are always risks associated with jailbreaking, so be sure you know what you're doing.

PdaNet is also available for Android, BlackBerry, and other mobile platforms.

source: Redmond Pie

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1. URC unregistered

Thank you, phone arena, for telling me how to steal services from a business.

2. iphonejam

Posts: 7; Member since: May 12, 2011

if you dont like it dont read it

3. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Hmm...this post makes me wonder how much money PDAnet is kicking back to Phonearena. What they fail to disclose in this artical is the fact that PDAnet isnt free if you want full access to the web. I paid $15 for my copy months ago so I could log into secure sites like ebay and what not.

4. pitbulldog08 unregistered

Urc you crack me up with your post. My question is why should we have to pay $20 more a month to tether when youre already paying like the article said roughly $40 a month to access data?! Its just another way for wireless companies to gain profits! Would you pay twice for a cheeseburger from mcdonalds?! Of course you wouldnt! So why pay to access data youve already paid for?! And btw im not an ijunk user and no my droid x isnt rooted or overclocked or jailbroken i just think its bullsh*t that wireless companies can charge you twice for data. I think honestly it should be illegal to do so but then again lobbyists make sure wireless carriers get what they want!! So i say jailbreak your phones tether til your hearts content lol

10. andriodlover:) unregistered

u tell them bro! im also an droid x user who unroot his phone n i think phone company r really Fu*king with us! WE NEED A PARADE WALK TO SHOW PHONE COMPANYS WE MEAN BUSINESS! (walks like aids walk, gay parade,etc) If we dnt do anything the bills r only goin to build up

8. Amoeba unregistered

Fun fact of the day: this does not work. It's not through the APN that AT&T is watching out for tethering traffic. Nice try, though :)

14. JubJub1991 unregistered

What a noob. This is deff how att tracks.

11. joey18

Posts: 663; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Well att are not unlimited service if you do tha 2g and 200 mb is no enougf

15. chrismonster16 unregistered

This also works on the Verizon iPhone too. Verizon tracks tethering the same way. I've been using this program since it came out. Well worth the purchase price.

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