Yesterday AT&T released much stricter new terms to its data plan terms of service, namely:
downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, customer initiated redirection of television or other video or audio signals via any technology from a fixed location to a mobile device, web broadcasting, and… any applications that tether the device… to Personal Computers or other equipment
which essentially means you can’t provide any computer an internet connection using a phone, moreover, software such as SlingPlayer (redirection of TV), Skype (audio signals) and QIK (web broadcasting) would be disabled as well.
Strangely the next day AT&T retracted these terms, claiming:
The language added on March 30 to AT&T’s wireless data service Terms and Conditions was done in error. It was brought to our attention and we have since removed it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
So AT&T users can relax for a while and hope they aren’t seriously planning to implement such strict rules to their data plans.