ATT trying to ban unlimited data for illegal tetherers

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Aug 042011

There’s a war on unlimited data being fought as we speak, and Ma Bell is leading the main charge. Just days after AT&T announced it would begin throttling data speeds for the heaviest bandwidth hogs grandfathered into the carrier’s no-limit internet service, it’s also confirmed it’s ready to crack the whip on illegal tethering as well. In attempt to achieve “fairness for all of [its] customers,” the carrier has added a bit of force behind its March announcement, sending out notices to anyone using their jailbroken iPhones as a mobile hotspot. The gist? Cut it out or be scaled back to a tiered data plan. In a statement originally given to 9to5mac, an AT&T spokesperson said:

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AT&T to allow unlimited iPad data plans on iPad 2, For Existing Costumers

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Mar 052011

Good news, iPad 3G owners. If you were lucky enough to snag one of those coveted unlimited data plans with your original AT&T iPad, you won’t have to toss it when upgrading next week. The carrier has confirmed to us that those who currently have the aforementioned plan will be able to keep it on their account when upgrading to the iPad 2, which in turns gives you no reason whatsoever to turn down the opportunity. Except for the lack of a USB port, SD card slot and a screen that touts the exact same resolution as the first model, of course.

AT&T users can keep $30 unlimited data, But No More Unlimited For New Customer ?

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Jun 022010

There’s naturally been a ton of feedback in the past few hours on AT&T’s new data pricing strategy, and the company has been responding to comments all morning over on its Facebook page; one of the key tidbits that’s come out of the discussion so far is that folks on the current $30 smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan when upgrading hardware. Translation: yes, you’ll be able to get a new iPhone without switching to the $25 / 2GB DataPro plan if you so choose. What you won’t be able to do, though, is keep the $30 plan and add on the $20 tethering option — tethering specifically requires DataPro, so your hopes and dreams of a soft 5GB cap are quashed (unless you want to pay $30 for 3GB of overage, of course).

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Apple is Restricting Skype Over 3G!

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Jan 172010


For a long time, AT&T had chosen not to allow VoIP applications like Skype to run over their 3G network. In October 2009, the company finally relented and agreed to allow VoIP iPhone apps to run over 3G.
Back then, we saw this as a direct outcome of FCC’s investigation over AT&T’s role in the rejection of Google Voice app from the App Store.

It is now over three months since AT&T’s announcement and we are yet to see Skype running over 3G. So why hasn’t this happened? Why hasn’t AT&T delivered on its promise? The answers to these questions are supposedly with Apple. Apparently, it is not AT&T, but Apple that has chosen not to let these iPhone apps run over the 3G network.
In a recent article on their website, Seth Weintraub from 9to5Mac quotes a Skype employee as saying:

“Many of you have also been asking when we’ll release a version which allows you to make calls over 3G – the holy grail of Skype on the mobile, if you like. We’ve had a 3G-capable version ready for some time now, but Apple’s current restrictions mean that they won’t allow us to make it available on the App Store for the moment”

It is not clear why Apple would choose to block VoIP running over 3G. Seth questions if this has something to do with Apple developing their own line of VoIP over 3G applications. He points out that it is the norm with Apple that they choose to block third party iPhone applications that replicate features that are already available on Apple devices or are in the process of being made available. 
We did a quick search on the USPTO database for any related patents and came across only this patent. This Apple patent, filed in July 2009 discusses a method for “transparently routing a telephone call between mobile and VoIP services”. The inventors describe this as a way for the device to connect a call through the internet when the user is in a stable internet coverage area and seamlessly transfer the call through the mobile network when the internet coverage is down. 
We are not sure if this has anything to do with Apple’s decision. It would be interesting to see if Apple is planning to launch such a feature in their next generation iPhone OS. Having said that, if it is something that is going to take as long as that, it only makes sense that Apple makes way for VoIP iPhone apps to run over 3G until then with the current limitations, where the call would get dropped when the internet coverage is down.
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At&t Brings Out Cheaper unlimited Plan.

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Jan 152010


Responding to price cuts from Verizon, AT&T today rolled out new unlimited plans for all devices on its network, including the iPhone. Under the new plans taking effect on Monday, iPhone customers can sign up for unlimited voice and data for $99.99 per month, although texting packages remain separate for an additional fee. The unlimited voice and data plan represents a $30 discount from the previous unlimited plan for the iPhone.
All smartphone customers, including iPhone customers, may now buy unlimited voice and data for $99.99. For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans (prices assume 2 smartphones), unlimited voice and data is now available for $179.99. Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals, $30 for Family Talk Plans.
Existing customers will be permitted to change to the new plans as of Monday via AT&T’s website, with no monetary penalty or extension to contract terms. It is unclear at this time whether there will be any adjustment to AT&T’s non-unlimited plans to reposition its pricing tiers in relation to the new, lower unlimited price.
Via macrumors.