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AT&T opens one door, and closes another

FaceTime has always been available to iPhone 4/4s customers when connected to a Wi-Fi network, but it wasn't until the beta releases of iOS 6 that Apple opened up that option to work over a cellular connection.
Now, AT&T is playing favorites by making sure that the only people that will be able to enjoy FaceTime over a cellular connection do so using the often more expensive Mobile Share data plans. That means that people that are on grandfathered unlimited plans, or just regular 2GB/4GB data plans are left out in the cold.
Those with Mobile Share data plans can use cellular FaceTime for free. However, customers using any other data plans can't get FaceTime over cellular at any price from AT&T (without switching to a qualifying Mobile Share data plan).
Here's a statement from AT&T on the matter:
AT&T will offer FaceTime over Cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans, which were created to meet customers' growing data needs at a great value. With Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers.
It's mind boggling that AT&T would limit customers in this way. Shouldn't customers have the right to use the data they pay for however they choose? What’s even more concerning is that video chat apps like Skype can be installed on an iPhone from the App Store and used over a cellular connection with nary a peep from AT&T.
Regardless of what's "officially" available from AT&T, those that are hell-bent on gaining access to FaceTime over a cellular connection can always go the jailbreak route. There are plenty of apps available that restore the functionality that AT&T wants to restrict.

Source: Ars Technica

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Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
By corduroygt on 8/18/2012 3:30:06 AM , Rating: 2
Get Straight Talk, same network, $45/month for unlimited everything, except data is 2GB before they throttle you.

RE: Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
By MadMan007 on 8/18/2012 7:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
It's not the same coverage if you want to count that as part of the definition of 'network'. Like most MVNOs, Straight talk is limited solely to AT&T's network itself. This may work fine for some people, but you are actually getting something by going with a real carrier and not an MVNO.

What kills regular carrier post-paid plans for me is that taxes and fees add ~18% to the price.

RE: Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
By corduroygt on 8/18/2012 11:46:56 AM , Rating: 3
It's not the same coverage if you want to count that as part of the definition of 'network'. Like most MVNOs, Straight talk is limited solely to AT&T's network itself. This may work fine for some people, but you are actually getting something by going with a real carrier and not an MVNO.

AT&T is also limited to AT&T's network itself since you don't have mainstream equipment that can work with GSM and CDMA simultaneously, so I don't get what you're talking about here. Your GSM phone won't work on Verizon regardless of what roaming agreements they have.

Plus you can choose between AT&T,T-mobile,Verizon and Sprint with Straight Talk.

RE: Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
By MadMan007 on 8/18/2012 1:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
Compare AT&T's post-paid coverage map with an AT&T MVNO coverage map like Straight Talk and you'll see what I mean.

By corduroygt on 8/18/2012 8:19:11 PM , Rating: 2
That coverage map is meaningless without the appropriate hardware. For all equipment that's GSM only, you don't get to enjoy any Verizon and Sprint coverage with AT&T.
Besides given that 80% of your driving is within 40 miles of your average home, ST would suit most folks just fine.

By Xplorer4x4 on 8/19/2012 1:03:23 AM , Rating: 2
I know wikipedia isn't the best source of info but it claims that they operate on VZW, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile networks:
"TracFone Wireless operates under the TracFone, NET10, Straight Talk, SafeLink Wireless, and SIMPLE Mobile brands and is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) holding multiple agreements to utilize the wireless networks of the U.S. largest wireless operators including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile."
Judging by the "Android coverage map" on the Straight Talk website, it sure doesn't look like it..

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 8/18/2012 9:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
$30/mo for TMobile "4G" prepaid, 100mins (of which I use maybe 40/mo peak) and "unlimited" network with 5GB high-speed cap, and unlimited texts. Plus, the Galaxy Nexus has a bigger screen (720p) and has all features unlocked and minimal crapware. I use data fairly extensively, but have so much access to wifi that my highest WAN use on the phone was about 600MB, or 12% of the cap.

Why pay $70+/mo for a locked-in contract, where you'll be overpaying in the hundreds if not thousands for a subsidized phone?

RE: Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
By MadMan007 on 8/18/2012 11:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
That's a good plan if you are OK with the coverage. That plan is pure T-mobile network which won't suit everyone depending on needs. I'd be concerned that the time I *really* want a phone - away from major roads or population centers - is when I don't get service.

"Price is what you pay, value is what you get." There is value in post-paid plans, it's just a question of whether it is worth it to an individual.

By sigmatau on 8/18/2012 6:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
Tmobile is right next to Sprint in quality. I have a Tmobile work phone and an AT&T personal phone. My personal phone has 3x the coverage and I travel a lot. Never mind that AT&T 3G is about as fast as Tmobile's 4G, nevermind LTE which Tmobile cannot even dream of getting close to.

ATT are not good to ANY custumers!
By Hafgrim on 8/18/2012 1:11:48 PM , Rating: 2
I hate ATT because they use dirty tactics.

They tried to buy DirecTv so they could own our TV's aswell as our phones & when that failed they snuck in somehow and some how got rights to sell directv service and bundle it with their phones and then sell Directv door to door with their lame bundles AND FLAT OUT LIE SAYING THEY BOUGHT Directv to potential customers. Customers who might have been thinking of getting DirecTv themselves direct from the DirecTv company so that ATT could steal a cut.

Not only that ATT pushes U-verse so hard they have come to my door like 10 times in the last year with these thuggish orange shirted U-verse sales-people who keep talking even if you say no thanks and you end up having to slam the door in their face just to get them to leave. And each time they say we purchased directv and were the only way to get it now, lies!

On top of that they want to cut DSL customers off and bump them into higher priced u-verse service at the custumers cost because ATT wants to eliminate the cheaper DSL for higher priced lame U-verse service that they claim they cant give to you if you dont cancel your old land-line phone service and switch to their disguised voice over IP phone service.
Voip they can switch on you to give you a weaker service that will go out if a power failure happens in your area with out warning you.
Watch out folks land-lines can usually survive hurricanes & you will not lose phone service for weeks without power do to superior redundancy & power back systems. While internet & Voip goes out almost every time theres a bad thunder storm & then would take ATT weeks to send you a new modem if thats what blows out & on down the line of many such Voip weaknesses.

It wouldnt be so bad if they wouldnt try to be sneaky about it and give custumers options with out bold face lying to our faces!
God i hate those orange shirt door to door pushy tactics! Thank gosh they seemed to have stopped that in my area in the last few months.

By sigmatau on 8/18/2012 6:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
Um, we are talking about cell service here bro. If you think ATT is bad with their other products, you must have never heard of Time Warner Cable or ANY other cable provider. Time Warner disconnected my cable about 5 times a year by accident. And then they have the nerve to ask me to be home while a tech comes out to reconnect? Really?

Why is cable 3x more than any other service by the way? Why do they push their terrible home phone service to bundle it as though they are doing you a favor? That crap should be free!

Stupid at&t
By Belard on 8/18/2012 8:32:30 AM , Rating: 2
The whole thing is stupid. If its uses up part of the data, fine... so what. Makes it easier to bill. I use so little data a month anyway.

Or how about at&t charging per shared device... rather again, when the data-use is used - charge for the data, not the tethered device + its data.

Still a rip-off. Lets say you want to use a friends tablet on your cell phone for a day... You have to pay $5 to use it, sign it up on the at&t plan. Then you have to remove it or else they'll charge you $5 a month.

Gotta see it to believe it
By amanojaku on 8/18/2012 12:51:51 PM , Rating: 1
Read this yesterday on Yahoo. Thing is, the article is full of cuss words and was featured on the Yahoo homepage. Yes, the TITLE was on the YAHOO HOMEPAGE! Not even DT has gone that far!

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