AT&T Enables FaceTime Over 3G/4G, Limits It to Mobile Share Data Plans
August 18, 2012 1:52 AM
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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.
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RE: Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
8/18/2012 11:29:49 AM
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.
RE: Why does ANYONE pay lots of money for AT&T?
8/18/2012 6:02:37 PM
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.
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