A few days following AT&T’s announcement to begin moving unofficial hotspot users into more expensive plans, Verizon quietly has joined AT&T in the enforcement of having a hotspot-capable data plan on its network. Verizon may be trying to escape notice with their timing.
Some, such as rooted Android users and jail-broken iPhone users are encountering a redirect to a special referral page at the time they attempt to connect to a device sharing a 3G or 4G connection. An additional charge of $20.00 a month for the access is the fee being charged. This change is new and has occurred only in the last few days.
Both AT&T and Verizon have previously clarified that they will not allow unofficial hotspot use hiking data use often disabling the official feature. They both have repeatedly tried to screen out third party apps from the app stores of which they can influence. Only the phones that are unlocked by their carriers at certain to include full software but these will likely be included in this new plan.
Although data use among frequent hotspot users is most likely higher, arbitrarily moving users into more expensive plans is frowned upon by critics. In many countries outside the United States limited data plans allow their users to do whatever they like with their connection without any additional charge providing they stay within the cap or pay overage fees that would be applicable otherwise.
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