Odd Man Out? Verizon, Sprint Won't Charge Extra for FaceTime Over 3G/LTE
September 12, 2012 9:18 PM
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Verizon and Sprint kick dirt in AT&T's face
AT&T must like being the odd man out. In late August, AT&T announced that it would
limit Apple's new FaceTime over 3G/LTE feature
to customers with the new Mobile Share data plans. All other customers (including those with unlimited data plans) won't be able to access the feature without "upgrading" to a Mobile Share data plan.
This move would mostly affect legacy customers that have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
Now, AT&T isn't only feeling the pressure from irate customers that would like the ability to use FaceTime over 3G/LTE without having to change their data plan; it's also facing pressure from its main competitors. The
Wall Street Journal
is reporting tonight that Verizon Wireless will include the use of FaceTime over a cellular connection on ALL of its data plans -- Big Red won't exclude anyone.
Sprint has already said that it won't charge customers extra, so that leaves AT&T to kick its ball all by itself in the backyard.
On the other hand, AT&T will have a leg up on Verizon when it comes to upgrades to the
. AT&T will allow customers with grandfathered unlimited plans to carry them over when they purchase an iPhone 5. Verizon customers, however, won’t have that luxury. They will have to purchase an iPhone 5 at full price in order to keep their unlimited data plans.
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not a smart move.
9/12/2012 11:52:52 PM
hmm. is this also their way of moving those of us in grandfathered "unlimited" plans to plans with higher costs and less service? and I say "unlimited" because if we use too much of our "unlimited" plans they will just put the brakes on us. we have been considering moving to verizon because LTE isn't available in our area. if what I'm asking is true that just gives us one more reason to do so. disappointing ATT.
signed, LONG-time ATT customer...but maybe not for much longer.
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