OpenDNS Partnership with Mobile Phone Companies

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    I understand that OpenDNS is a service for networks you own, not for your devices in other networks.  A collaboration with mobile network providers would be a different business concept which does not fit the current one.

    "DNS settings are not changeable (at least, not in iOS devices)."

    This is simply wrong.  Why do you say it?  Here you go:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dnscloak-dnscrypt-client/id1452162351

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wifi-dns-changer-vpn/id1303065538

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dns-override/id1060830093

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    rbnetengr

    If OpenDNS markets its’ services to large Enterprise customers (via Umbrella), and these Enterprise customers are essentially the ‘service providers’ for their customers, then why couldn’t OpenDNS partner with a mobile provider to provide this add-on DNS service to customers who request it?  It could even be a $0.99 or $1.99/mo additional service.

    Rotblitz, thanks for the links to those apps.  I was not aware that add-on apps could alter the DNS servers for the cellular side.  But some of these also have notes to say that some mobile providers may override your request anyway, so it’s not 100%.

    For my home, I have a firewall that performs destination NAT on all DNS requests, sending them to OpenDNS.  So, whether the devices on my wired or wifi network utilize the DHCP settings for DNS (which point to OpenDNS), or if they edit the settings and point to Google (8.8.8.8) or Cloudflare (1.1.1.1), etc., the actual outbound DNS requests from the firewall will ALWAYS go to OpenDNS, and the responses will be content filtered.  The client configured for Google DNS will still see packets going to/from 8.8.8.8 for DNS, but the outbound public DNS requests go to 208.67.220.220 or 208.67.222.222.

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    rotblitz

    "why couldn’t OpenDNS partner with a mobile provider to provide this add-on DNS service to customers who request it?"

    This service is being offered to everybody without partnering with mobile providers.  It's called OpenDNS Umbrella Prosumer, and you find it listed at https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
    This applies for laptops (Windows and Mac OSX) only, same as with the Umbrella service.  They generally do not offer this kind of service for smart devices.  They used to offer it for iOS, but this has gone.

    "some mobile providers may override your request"

    Yes, there's nothing you can do against it, because you don't own the network, cellular or WiFi.  The same can happen on any network, not only cellular.  Your home network is just another example for such restrictions.

    "For my home, I have a firewall that performs destination NAT on all DNS requests, sending them to OpenDNS."

    Yes, sure.  I use similar measures to ensure that OpenDNS usage is being enforced, at least for certain devices.  Some devices are exempted intentionally from this restriction.

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