Tethering on AT&T is expressly prohibited, is enforcement next?

Att_tethering_rulesWe hit up the local AT&T store last night to change my iPhone plan to a family plan (more on that later) and I looked into adding a USB HSDPA modem to my mobile arsenal. I didn’t pull the trigger just yet, but I did grab the latest data plan flyer that contains the plan info, terms and conditions, etc… Since I’m a new AT&T customer, I don’t know if the older flyers contained the same info, but this one is dated June of 2007. There’s a specific footnote on every single data plan except for the DataConnect (which is the aircard type of plan) and the monthly 20 MB PDA Personal Plan: it states "Tethering is prohibited on these plans." It wasn’t that long ago when most folks didn’t know the term "tethering" and this is the first time I’ve seen it mentioned in writing from a carrier.

Again, this info may have always been there (it’s been a while since I looked at data plans), but you can bet if this is documented here and in the plan TOS, there’s a good chance the free-piggyback that tethering provides is on the way out, confirming what we heard earlier. I didn’t specifically ask my sales rep about this even though he seemed generally knowledgeable; I’ll certain do so if I pull the trigger on the 3G USB modem. He only had one in stock last night and boy was it tempting…

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