AT&T targets hotspot jailbreakers, threatens to revoke unlimited data plans

AT&T is taking its war against illicit tethering to the next level by threatening to revoke the unlimited data plans of those its suspects of wrongdoing.

If you were at any point hesitant to believe that AT&T was serious about preventing its customers from using illegal hotspot apps, banish the thought. The company is now continuing its crusade against hotspot jailbreakers in probably the most effective way possible: by threatening to revoke their unlimited data plans.

The company has issued users an ultimatum: Stop the illicit tethering or suffer the consequences. Here's AT&T's official statement:

Earlier this year, we began sending letters, emails, and text messages to a small number of smartphone customers who use their devices for tethering but aren’t on our required tethering plan. Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers. (This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.)

The letters outline three choices:

  1. Stop tethering and keep their current plan (including grandfathered unlimited plan)
  2. Proactively call AT&T or visit our stores and move to the required tethering plan
  3. Do nothing and we’ll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf — after the dated noted in their customer notification

Users who take option three will be signed up for AT&T's 3GB, $45 a month data plan. Not that any of the choices are all that great anymore anyway. You may recall that AT&T recently said that it would begin throttling the data speeds of its most data-hungry users in October. Clearly, data is becoming more and more of a precious commodity for AT&T.