TouchMyApps » tethering http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 22 May 2015 02:47:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.8 AT&T overhaul data plans; add iPhone tethering http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/02/att-overhaul-data-plans-add-iphone-tethering/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/02/att-overhaul-data-plans-add-iphone-tethering/#comments Wed, 02 Jun 2010 11:33:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33872 Welcome to the 2000′s everyone! AT&T, that lumbering giant, has finally bolted upright and matched some features that other networks have offered for years. Perhaps the most important is their new data pricing, which under the new plan, no longer needs an economics degree to suss. America’s number two carrier reckon that 65% of users … Read more]]>

Welcome to the 2000′s everyone! AT&T, that lumbering giant, has finally bolted upright and matched some features that other networks have offered for years. Perhaps the most important is their new data pricing, which under the new plan, no longer needs an economics degree to suss. America’s number two carrier reckon that 65% of users could ‘get by’ with the new 200MB DataPlus plan and 98% of users could get by on their 2GB DataPro plan. But as nice as their penny-pinching efforts may be, iPhone tethering will likely grab the headlines. Tethering has been available on better-built networks for a while now. But thanks to AT&T’s ehem… network strength, has kept the iPhone in the dark ages.

Tethering and Data plan details after the gap:

  • DataPlus. Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 150 emails with attachments, plus view 400 Web pages, plus post 50 photos on social media sites, plus watch 20 minutes of streaming video – for just $15 per month.** This plan, which can save customers up to 50 percent off their wireless data charges, is designed for people who primarily like to surf the web, send email and use social networking apps. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the cycle. Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
  • DataPro. Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 1,500 emails with attachments, plus view 4,000 Web pages, plus post 500 photos to social media sites, plus watch 200 minutes of streaming video – for $25 per month.** Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the cycle. Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.
  • Tethering. Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers – who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.

Full details at AT&T

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AT&T’s Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/22/atts-tethering-plan-update-not-55-but-not-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/22/atts-tethering-plan-update-not-55-but-not-free/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2009 08:29:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13917 As much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the … Read more]]>

att-and-apple-and-behondAs much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the various press around the world and that rumours are false. While that is good news to AT&T customers, there is no proof that they company will not charge something for the service.

I am not about to take down my AT&T evil smiley (one that took me about 4 hours to create using my hi-tech Wacom tablet), because the telecom giant are too sneaky for their own good and this ploy to re-direct fire away from their tarnishing PR image is just too timely.

On the same page, they update information about upgrade pricing and when customers are eligible with what hardware. To their credit, the iPhone 3GS’ early release has forced AT&T to extend upgrade eligibility to include customers who are eligible in July, August or September and grant them acces from 18 June.

You can take a look at AT&T’s Facebook page yourself or trust that my copy and paste skills are up to par.

TETHERING

There are a lot of reports out there, but wanted you guys to know that rumors of $55 tethering plan on top of an unlimited data plan are false. We’ll have more news to share when the iPhone tethering option is closer to launch.

PRICING

Some customers have had questions about our plans and policies for iPhone 3G S, and we’d like to provide you with answers. We’d also like to announce a change to the date when some iPhone customers are eligible for our best upgrade pricing to iPhone 3G S.

Importantly, we want our customers to better understand our wireless device upgrade program. Like most U.S. carriers, we offer a variety of phones that we sell below our actual cost when customers agree to sign service agreements. In general, the more a customer spends with us, the quicker they become eligible for a price break on a new device. For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.

We also currently offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.

All of that said, we’ve been listening to our customers. And since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we’re extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time.

We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.

If you’re one of the many customers who will benefit from this change, please note that our upgrade eligibility website will reflect this change on Thursday, June 18.

We invite you to come to our stores beginning Friday during normal store hours, although please be aware that customer demand may exceed supply in some of our stores. You may also preorder online on June 18 at www.att.com/iphone, and your iPhone 3G S will arrive in 7 – 14 days. Or you can purchase iPhone 3G S at Apple’s retail and online stores, as well as at other popular retailers.

If you’re one of the customers who benefits from this change, and you’ve already preordered from an AT&T store, we’ll adjust the price of the device when you pick up your device. If you benefit from the change and you pre-ordered from AT&T online, we’ll send you an e-mail and issue you a credit.

If you pre-ordered an iPhone 3G S through Apple’s online store, your upgrade eligibility will be reassessed based on AT&T’s new upgrade policy for iPhone 3G owners. If you are eligible for the lower price, Apple will issue you a credit for the difference as applicable.

So, what if you still aren’t upgrade eligible and you want iPhone 3G S now? You have options:

You may qualify for the iPhone 3G S early upgrade price of $399 (16GB) or $499 (32GB).
You can pay full retail—and not have to sign a 2-year contract—at $599 (16GB) or $699 (32GB).
You can wait until you’re eligible for our best upgrade pricing. We invite you to check your upgrade eligibility by visiting www.att.com/iphone, calling *NEW# (*639#) on your AT&T device (we’ll send you a text with upgrade information), or visiting any of our over 2,200 stores.
If you want more details on our pricing and upgrade policy, check out our FAQs here:www.att.com/iphone_news. And as always, you may visit one of our stores to talk with a representative.

IN SUMMARY

We’ve listened to our customers — and hope our response helps answer some of your questions and concerns.

We are incredibly proud to be the U.S. carrier for the new iPhone 3G S and will work around the clock to be ready on June 19 to serve customers who are interested in the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.

If you would like to read more about AT&T, please look below:
AT&T Hate their Customers: 55$ Tethering Plan in July – AT&T say No go to GoPhone Plans — Will Apple Change Carriers in 2010?

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Updated: AT&T hate their customers – Not 55$, but Not Free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/18/att-hate-their-customers-55-bucks-for-tethering-coming-july/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/18/att-hate-their-customers-55-bucks-for-tethering-coming-july/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:57:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13612 This will be as short as my opinion of the Telecom Giant, AT&T. I am not American, nor do live in the country, but I met an American once and I feel sorry for the dude. He surely now has an iPhone and a laptop and may sometime just wants to use part of his … Read more]]>
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Should have used Brushes!

This will be as short as my opinion of the Telecom Giant, AT&T. I am not American, nor do live in the country, but I met an American once and I feel sorry for the dude. He surely now has an iPhone and a laptop and may sometime just wants to use part of his 5GB ‘unlimited’ internet rather than fiddling with the dinky ‘real internet’ on the toned-down iPhone Safari. So what are his options? Well, AT&T in their infinite wisdom and abundance of PR skills have affected a new policy that tethering will be a surcharge of 55$ per month.

This post has been updated with news from AT&T’s Facebook page in our post entitled: Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free.

July will ring in tethering for iPhone customer in the USA. On top of your limited internet, AT&T will charge you 55$ per month to check your email via a real screen. I will try to break this down. You will still be using your bandwidth that you are paying for. You will still be using your iPhone that you are paying for as the modem. The computer will be connecting through said iPhone. The iPhone’s monthly charge is in effect doubled (nearly) because as the old AT&T quote goes, “We love your money, but we hate to put up with your shi1t!”

In the end, carrier unlocks look better and better.

[via TUAW]

For more AT&T articles, look below:
Update: Tethering Not 55$, but not Free – AT&T say No go to GoPhone PlansWill Apple Change Carriers in 2010?

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Laptops On-The-Go : A look at PDANet http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/11/03/pdanet/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/11/03/pdanet/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2008 01:43:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=86 There are many reasons for jailbreaking your iPhone, be it video recording, run apps in the background, or customize the theme of the springboard (the list goes on and on). Personally, if I had to choose just ONE reason to jailbreak, it would be the ability to tether my laptop. Tethering will allow my laptop … Read more]]>

There are many reasons for jailbreaking your iPhone, be it video recording, run apps in the background, or customize the theme of the springboard (the list goes on and on). Personally, if I had to choose just ONE reason to jailbreak, it would be the ability to tether my laptop. Tethering will allow my laptop to go online wirelessly through the high speed network of the iPhone. Just imagine the possibilities. Surf the web on your netbook/laptop even when there are no wireless networks nearby or if the networks are password protected.

This brings me to PdaNet,a free and simple app that will make your iPhone act like a wireless router. The beauty of it all lies in the fact that it uses an ad-hoc wi-fi network that allows the iPhone to connect to a PC or MAC. No need to enter any IP numbers or deal with any SOCKS proxy connections.

On a mac, it is as easy as:

  1. Create a new network under Airport icon and give it any name you like
  2. Check “Require Password” and enter a password (5 ASCII characters for 40-bit WEP and 13 for 128-bit.)
  3. Go to Settings->WiFi and your new network should be there. Select it.
  4. Open PDANet and ensure that Wifi Router is on.  Within a few seconds or so, you should be connected and ready to go online with your laptop.
Connected!

Connected!

On Windows XP or Vista there are a few more steps involved, but nothing overly difficult. You can click here to go to PdaNet’s website for more info for Windows OS.  I was able to tether to my Acer laptop running XP with no issues as well.

Performance was better than I had expected. While connected, I was able to download files from anywhere between 100 – 260 kbs on the 3G network. Of course, this can vary quite a bit depending on how busy the 3G network is and the file’s server speeds. On Speedtest.net, I was able to reach download speeds of 2136 kps and 266 kps for uploads. All in all, I would say more than enough bandwidth and speed for ordinary tasks like surfing, emails, and some downloads. What I wouldn’t recommend is downloading huge files (i.e torrents) via tethering. Some carriers (AT&T) do not allow tethering with the iPhone and even if your carrier does allow it, downloading heaps of data can raise redflags that could result in one big spanking (if that’s your kinda thing, then download away!). That said, always check with your carrier and look at the fine print to see it is allowed before attempting to tether.

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