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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ATT are not good to ANY custumers!
8/18/2012 1:11:48 PM
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.
RE: ATT are not good to ANY custumers!
8/18/2012 6:06:04 PM
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!
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