Thursday, August 11, 2011

Verizon Can Also Detect Tethering

So far all news about tethering detection in the US were about AT&T (here and here) and Carolina West Wireless (here).

When Verizon introduced the new UBB and tethering ($20 surcharge) rates last month (here) it was expected that they will have the technology (DPI) to allow them to detect tethering. Now, it seems that it is already deployed and working.

A recent report by Dan Rowinski to ReadWriteWeb says: "It appears that Verizon is starting to block hotspot tethering for consumers using jailbroken devices without data plans. A ReadWriteWeb employee using a jailbroken tethered Verizon Motorola X without a data plan was sent to this page outlining Verizon's hotspot data plans today when trying to access a hotspot. This is a new development, since the employee used her jailbroken device as a hotspot two days ago"

The redirected page explains that "With Mobile Broadband Connect, you can use your Verizon Wireless handset, Smartphone or BlackBerry as a modem for your notebook when you connect the two using a USB cable, enabling you to access the Internet or your company intranet".

See "Verizon Blocks Hotspot Tethering for Jailbroken Devices" - here.

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