Verizon to stop jailbreak tethering on its network from today?

According to a report by Forbes, from today Verizon will be rolling out a system to prevent jailbreak tethering apps like MyWi from working on its network. When using one of these apps as of today, you will be redirected from the webpage that you wanted to visit to a specially prepared Verizon webpage where you will be asked to upgrade to an official tethering plan.

AT&T has also confirmed that it would be forcibly switching habitual jailbreak tetherers to its tethering plan but never given a date. It now looks like Verizon are following that lead. The slightly better news for Verizon users is that it will cost them an additional $20 a month for a tethering plan where the AT&T tethering plan is $45 a month.

If you are a Verizon iPhone subscriber and use MyWi to tether your device, have you noticed the webpage redirect?

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Verizon to stop jailbreak tethering on its network from today?

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Your AT&T tethering price is incorrect. Tethering for AT&T is also $20 a month more than the usual 2GB data plan. The biggest difference here is that AT&T tethering also comes with more data (4GB for $45 instead of 2GB for $25).

Verizon also comes with 2GB of tethering data.... AND, you can keep your unlimited plan while having personal hotspot but you get 2GB for tethered data and unlimited from the phone.

Been using PDANet all day today and nothing. They implemented an option to hide your tether with some toggle buttons. As far as I know MyWi hasn't. In sure they'll find away around being caught.

When it comes to tethering.... They are acting like you are using one of THEIR services illegally... Which is not the case at all. You are enabling a feature on an OWNED device, not their network.
You don't lease your iPhone.... There is no title-ship to it. They have no say how you use it. This is a very clean cut way to look at it. If they disrupt your service for using it for what it is: an Internet connection, they are seriously in the wrong.
The second you start stealing THEIR SERVICE, not a feature of a 3rd party's (or your) device, is the point where lines are crossed.
Tethering is not a provider service, it is a device feature.
People need to get their heads out of their asses I swear!
It's a point of control they wish to have. Albeit solely to profit... It's very unjustified.

Figured this would happen, it was only a matter of time. All of the carriers are screwing us at this point. I know we shouldn't use tethering to replace a cable modem but if I'm at a train station or airport I would use it to get on for a few minutes. The carriers need to offer a daily option. The fees for their "official" tethering are ridiculous.

If you are at the train station or airport there is a 99% chance there is WiFi there that you can pay for the single day or by hour to use.

Still, I'd rather spend $1 per day of tethering with automatic billing by my carrier rather than have to pay another company. For the price most airports and train stations charge it just isn't worth it, I'd rather go without then spend $7 for about 15 minutes of slow internet usage. That isn't worth it.

I still don't get how they are allowed to get away with doing this, jailbreaking isn't illegal and using the net you've paid for isn't illegal so who are they to tell you what device you can use a service you have paid for on ?? Greedy fu**ers they are in America, if they tried this in the UK i'd just switch carrier but it seems the people in the US don't have many options as far as carriers and all seem as bad as each other.

I've been "paying" for your "free" tethering for months now. I pay for Tethering on 2 lines, and hardly use it. But when I need it, I need it. I'm sorry you feel that it should be free, but whether it should be free or not, that is what the wireless companies have decided. When you decide to start your own wireless company and offer everyone free tethering, PLEASE let me know, I'll be the first to sign up...

I'm using MyWi as we speak. and its still operational. Someone will createa tweek or hack to keep it going. FREEDOM

Yes you're paying for unlimited data, but it's for your PHONE, not your computer. Tethering is a separate feature and if you're doing it without the proper feature you deserve to have it forced on your plan.

Trenan's bitter comments are due to the fact that he bricked his iPhone while using the jailbreakme.com method. He clearly has every right to be pissed, because only an idiot with a sub-50 IQ could screw up the jailbreak.
Since I had to replace the phone out-of-pocket, I decided to ground trenan for the remainder of the summer.
Please ignore his tantrums and have a nice day.
-Trenan's Mom

Well people, vote with your wallets. Drop your data phone services and pick up prepaid MiFi devices and services. If the national carriers want to be jerks about this, then show them you're not interested in their services anymore and move to friendlier service providers.

I do live in America. I however do not live on the western plains which is the primary area where that statement would be true.
However, in those areas you'd probably want to look to a regional carrier over a national carrier anyways.

Not really. Only the high end smartphones. they are expensive because you are paying full price for them

I don't understand why you people have trouble with the concept that unlimited data should equal unlimited data for whatever we choose. If you went into McDonalds and they offered unlimited ketchup BUT they wanted to charge you if you were going to put them on fries, you definitely would have a problem with that. It's the same thing. I bought into and paid for unlimited data.

McDonalds gives you unlimited Ketchup for your meal. It's more like if you started pumping the ketchup into an empty bottle and taking it home. Why do you think some are starting to put it behind the counter.
Just because I get unlimited data on my phone doesn't mean I should be able to get wifi for every device I own. Data rates would skyrocket and the network would be slower as people would start replacing their home internet with it. I DO however believe that if you pay for 2gb of data, you should be able to use it how you want.

"Data rates would skyrocket and the network would be slower as people would start replacing their home internet with it."
The problem with that statement is that they claim only 5% of users use the most data. So why not just throttle those 5%?

Whatever they change, verizon will find a way to redirect again. Or verizon could be worse and just charge people 2$ per megabyte.

Verizon restricts 4g tethering which they are NOT allowed to do. When they bought the LTE spectrum, part of their contract said that they could not restrict any apps function and that includes tethering.
Why is it OK for Verizon to break their contract but we can't break ours?

So what about where you signed up for only a voice/text contract but if you brought your own data phone with no actual intention to use data on the cell network the providers force you on to a data plan? You didn't sign a contract allowing them to do that but they force it on there anyways because you started using an "advanced device". Seems about as fair as you being hired, then later your boss tells you to need a computer to do your job but the cost is going to have to come out of your pocket.
Carriers, especially the large ones, are going to try to nickel and dime you where ever they can even if something they are charging you for costs them no extra to actually provide. It's plenty easy to burn through tons of data in a month without ever tethering to your phone.

No. No smartphone NEEDS to be always using data. It's quite simple to disable cell data on a smartphone or for the carriers to simply not provide the data connection to the phone if you're not paying for it.

The Verizon tether is 2gb for 20$ if on unlimited data on te phone. If you have a tiered data plan it's a pooled amount. And u add 2 gb for 20$. Ex if u have 2gb for 30$ and add 2gb for tethering/hotspot you have a total of 4gb to use on phone or thru hotspot/tethering

People stole it for years in the 90s and no one cared. I'm sure you enjoyed watching someone else's stolen cable service if not your own at the time.
I'm in the middle on this issue tho. Tethering isn't illegal but them blocking it isn't either.
If they can block the holes that allow people to do it then they w/e block it. Just like blocking jailbreaks, if you can stop us then stop us, but if you can't then oh well people will keep doing it.

I'm sure an update will come where they will go around all this web page redirection. Verizon can't stop us, they can only hope to contain us.
TIP keep your tethering data usage down to remain undetected and not cause them to send you a $1,000 bill.

While you people bicker about 2gb and 4gb caps and who is better, the real issue here is both Verizon and ATT are nothing more than a legalized mafia.
Their capped plans are unrealistic and will be come even more so as time goes on when people use their mobile devices for more than sending a fucking email.
The prices and caps are ludicrous.

I think it's understandable to block free tethering for people who are on unlimited data plans. However, if you have a data cap plan, then what difference does it make how you use the data? 2gb is 2gb is 2gb. By blocking free tethering, would that many more people actually pay for it? I don't think so anyway. it's too expensive.
I think that the phone companies are being unreasonable about this particular situation.

More work does not mean you get more pay or a promotion. I worked at this one place for a year and a half and I did a lot of hard work and I never once got a pay increase.
to think this you must be in lala land.

Poor little guy forgets about his low IQ and the fact that he spells his name differently every week.
I beat myself up every day for that condom breaking, getting pregnant and not having an abortion. Now look at what I have to deal with!

In Canada we either have unlimited data + tethering for $20 with small carriers or $30 for 6GB data + free tethering and that's on the HSPA + 42 network with bigger carriers ex Telus, Bell, Rogers