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Got my notice from AT&T that I'm not allowed to use Bluetooth to my car stereo

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12th February 2013, 02:55 AM   |  #1  
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They sent me a warning letter that I have been using "tethering" on my phone.
So I called them up and they said they detected "tethering" on January 21st.
Discovered that was because I used my phone to stream Pandora to my car stereo that day.

They say I'm not allowed to do that on the "unlimited plan" and they will migrate me to a "tethering plan" if I keep doing it.

FU AT&T
12th February 2013, 02:59 AM   |  #2  
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What! Lamo that's ridiculous

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12th February 2013, 04:23 AM   |  #3  
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I would fight that in any way possible. Syncing your phone to your vehicle's head unit to play music over it's speakers via Bluetooth in no way should be considered "Tethering". If you do it more, and they call again, tell them what you are doing that is causing high data usage. If they still insist that what you are doing is tethering, i'd suggest informing the CSR that you'd like to speak to a supervisor on the issue, and if that doesn't go anywhere, I do believe a breach of contract would be feasible....
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What a MF company

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12th February 2013, 07:05 AM   |  #5  
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They don't know what they're talking about..Speak to someone else.
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Makes me wonder how AT&T actually monitors for unapproved tethering. I used it briefly a few times on my phone flashed with Task650's AOKP and haven't gotten any notices. Unlimited data plan, too.
12th February 2013, 09:50 AM   |  #7  
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If they continue to harass you about the "tethering" call customer service and ask to speak to a manager. You don't want to get to the point where they actually put you on a tethering plan because there is the possibility that you could lose your unlimited data plan, and once that happens you can not get it back.
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Originally Posted by Jaspah

Makes me wonder how AT&T actually monitors for unapproved tethering. I used it briefly a few times on my phone flashed with Task650's AOKP and haven't gotten any notices. Unlimited data plan, too.

Supposedly it could have something to do with packet data... something being different in a way that they know the information coming across their network is destined for an alternate device... but who knows.
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I've been using the same data plan with multiple iPhone and Android devices. Have been streaming Pandora and iHeart Radio to my car stereo for a few years now.
Matter of fact, I've mostly stopped doing that for the last several months. Ever since I started using USB-Audio instead.
Other than that one day I tried Bluetooth for whatever reason.

Just goes to show. Though the Bluetooth streaming/tethering "warning" from AT&T hasn't happened to you yet, I have to suggest that it may just be a matter of time.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CZ Eddie

They sent me a warning letter that I have been using "tethering" on my phone.
So I called them up and they said they detected "tethering" on January 21st.
Discovered that was because I used my phone to stream Pandora to my car stereo that day.

They say I'm not allowed to do that on the "unlimited plan" and they will migrate me to a "tethering plan" if I keep doing it.

FU AT&T

I know in CM10, in the Wireless & Network | Tethering & portable hotspot there is a option for "Bluetooth tethering", I don't know if that exists in the stock rom (I've been off of stock since CM10 was released), but make sure that all tethering options are off. Your radio may be pulling data for updates.

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