Im not sure if this was posted anywhere yet. I did a quick scan and didnt see anything.
Crackdown on jailbroken iPhone tethering underway at AT&T - SlashGear
My question is, how do they do it? Is there any chance this could come to other carriers (Verizon) with Android phones?
The reality is its their business and those who tether without paying is basically stealing.
It is NONE of their business how I use the bandwidth Im paying for.
Its my bandwidth. Im paying for it, not stealing.
It is none of my power companys business how I use the electricity I pay for.
Im paying for it, not stealing.
It is none of my water companys business how I use the water I pay for.
It is none of my gas companys business how I use the natural gas I pay for.
Maybe packets of data should cost different depending on how I use them, even though the same radio in my phone and same towers and network deliver those packets? And Im paying for those packets.
As soon as AT&T went to metered bandwidth (eg, $25 for 2 GB) then they lost any legitimate claim to be able to charge extra for tethering. No matter what is in my 2 GB worth of network packets, it does not change the amount of stress on the network nor the resources consumed to route and deliver those packets. It matters not whether those packets go to podunk nowhere or to Google. Nor whether the packets ultimately go to the phones browser or to my laptop. The same 2 GB or less per month is exchanged between the radio in my phone and the nearby cell towers and carried over the infrastructure.
Tethering seems like the prototype for a great new way for utilities to conduct business!
The electricity company should charge different rates based on how much benefit they perceive that I get from the electricity. When I use electricity to watch TV, it should cost more than the same number of kilowatt hours used to cook food. (Even though delivered over the same wires.)
Similarly, water used for drinking and cooking should cost more than water (delivered by the same pipes!) used to wash dishes.
I think even automobile fuel could work this way! If I buy 87 gas for a four seat car, it should cost more than the same 87 gas (from the same pump!) put into a two seat car. After all, Im getting more benefit from the gas!
Similarly, if I pay for 2 GB of data, I should have to pay more for it to use it on my laptop than on my phone even though its delivered by the same towers and infrastructure and at the same cost to AT&T. Why should they get to charge more? Because they can!