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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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By CZ Eddie, Senior Member on 12th February 2013, 01:55 AM
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12th February 2013, 03:05 PM |#11  
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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.

I am on stock rom and Blue Tooth Tethering is available.
 
 
12th February 2013, 03:59 PM |#12  
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It seems to me that Bluetooth doesn't even matter. like if you were to use Pandora in your car using headphones wouldn't they still "detect" that. I would be livid if that happened to me.
12th February 2013, 07:45 PM |#13  
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They told me I could use Pandora to my headphones or a dock station.

But I was not allowed to use it to my car stereo via Bluetooth, without upgrading to a "tethering" plan.

Crazy that this would just now become a problem for them.
12th February 2013, 07:55 PM |#14  
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They told me I could use Pandora to my headphones or a dock station.

But I was not allowed to use it to my car stereo via Bluetooth, without upgrading to a "tethering" plan.

Crazy that this would just now become a problem for them.

I think I'm more concerned that they can track your phone's audio output. If they are able to tell you're outputting your music to a bluetooth device, they should probably be able to tell that it's transmitting over AD2P and is not IP packet data (apologies if I'm mangling the technical terms/process). My guess is they're just using this as a flimsy excuse to force you off your unlimited plan.

I use bluetooth to my car stereo as well and have never gotten a notice (I'm on a tiered data plan).
12th February 2013, 08:03 PM |#15  
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Re: Got my notice from AT&T that I'm not allowed to use Bluetooth to my car stereo
It's it your phone or the car stereo that is doing the streaming? If your running Pandora from your car radio and using your phone's Bluetooth to download that music then they are correct. However, if your using Pandora from your phone only and using the Bluetooth for strictly the sound, your ok. I suspect it may be the first

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12th February 2013, 09:13 PM |#16  
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This is the way I've been doing it for years now, without any problem. Until now all of a sudden.
  • Power on my phone. Connect it to my car stereo via bluetooth.
  • On my phone, I open the Pandora app and press "play".
12th February 2013, 09:22 PM |#17  
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This is the way I've been doing it for years now, without any problem. Until now all of a sudden.

  • Power on my phone. Connect it to my car stereo via bluetooth.
  • On my phone, I open the Pandora app and press "play".

I find it odd that if you do this regularly, then why did they only detect "tethering" on January 21.

Either way its ridiculous.

Way to go ATT.
12th February 2013, 10:08 PM |#18  
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There is no way for a phone to use the BT profile to download the music from the cellular data network, even if it did that type of file transfer has nothing to do with the cellular data system and only "transmits" the data the phone is downloading via the cellular network and then sending that audio data to the cars stereo system to play the sounds.

Sounds like a call to someone higher up at ATT in store.
12th February 2013, 11:36 PM |#19  
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that's impossible. they can't track that you're using bluetooth for audio out, and it has nothing to do with tethering. the CSR is mistaken. someting else triggered them.
13th February 2013, 04:49 AM |#20  
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Re: Got my notice from AT&T that I'm not allowed to use Bluetooth to my car stereo
ATT nailed me back a while ago while I was on the unlimited plan with a Motorola Atrix 4G. I was forced to change to tethering plan since I need tethering for college work. I was mad too. My dad was more since the bill was bigger. Lol

Then they throttled me when I didn't switch right away to the tethering plan. Not cool stuff.

This can happen to anyone. Hope you can work something out.

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13th February 2013, 06:34 PM |#21  
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I think you will start seeing AT&T nitpicking the unlimited plans and attempt to force people off of them, how ever they can.

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