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August 5, 2011 / David Bleeker

AT&T cracks down on free tethering and hotspots

AT&T is putting the boot down on customers who tether their smartphones or turn them into Wi-Fi hotspots without paying extra for the service.

9to5Mac heard from several readers who are being kicked off their unlimited data plans for using free tethering apps such as MiWi for jailbroken iPhones or PDANet for Android handsets. AT&T is reportedly sending notices to these customers, informing them their plans will switch automatically to a $45 per month DataPro plan on August 11.

The carrier discontinued its $30 unlimited data plan last summer, but allowed existing subscribers to be grandfathered in. [read more]

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