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?
8/19/2012 1:03:23 AM
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..
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