Well, we are know that overage changes are extremely annoying, particularly for a 17-year old who found out a way to escape them all together and got free internet through a hack.
Recently, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Jacob Ajit discovered a loophole that made him capable of surfing the internet without having a data plan. As per Jacob, he was getting bored sitting at home one night and therefore came up with this idea to test if he could access the internet without a data plan.
He observed that his phone was accessing an LTE network as a portal for users to add funds to their prepaid device. So, apparently he clicked around on the portal testing which links were accessible. Most of them failed, but, some loaded.
There was one specific fascinating link that lead him to a speadtest, a service used to determine the speeds of the devices internet. When he accessed this, he found out that the phone was accessing the internet at nearly ‘20 Mbps’. This trick guided him to the discovery that all /speedtest folders were whitelisted and could be accessed. In order to test this theory, Jacob put up his own /speedtest folder on his webpage with various different kinds of content. Amazingly, the trick worked.
Although the test was successful, Jacob still wanted to do more than just to browse a list of preset files. Therefore, he set up a proxy server to allow him indirect network connections from his website.
Jacob told on his blog,
“Just like that, I now had access to data throughout the TMobile network without maintaining any sort of formal payments or contract. Just my phone’s radios talking to the network’s radios, free of any artificial shackles. Mmm, the taste of liberty.”
But, it has been reported by Vice recently that they could not access the internet using a similar technique. Nevertheless, Jacob has since reported the glitch to Nokia so there is a slim chance it will be accessible for much longer, if at all.