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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 iPhone 5. 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.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, AT&T, Cult of Mac

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Keep writing these inflammatory comments
By blueaurora on 9/13/2012 8:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
Every one of these anti-AT&T policy stories never go anywhere. AT&T somehow have a captive and obediant group of payers. I guess it is due to other family members being on AT&T. In the end AT&T will always pay less get more and people will tolerate it.

(Verizon customer still rockin an unlimited plan :))

RE: Keep writing these inflammatory comments
By DanNeely on 9/13/2012 8:33:36 AM , Rating: 2
How's the loss of access to subsidized phone upgrades treating you?

The question isn't if the phone company is going to try and screw you; but how they're going to do so.

RE: Keep writing these inflammatory comments
By Red Storm on 9/13/2012 9:02:07 AM , Rating: 2
at least Verizon's unlimited data is actually unlimited, unlike AT&T...

By xti on 9/13/2012 12:40:20 PM , Rating: 2
idk how you guys even reach the unlimited, i mean i have an unlimited AT&T plan, and i barely break 2gb...i stream radio all day, but my work has wifi...

it just seems like the unlimited/unmetered data plans are nice to haves, but they are being pushed like they are vital.

RE: Keep writing these inflammatory comments
By tayb on 9/13/2012 11:08:44 AM , Rating: 2
Where are the customers going to go? You basically have a choice of Verizon, AT&T, or sub par coverage. And switching is an expensive and difficult pain in the ass.

I can't believe we have let AT&T rebuild itself. They were torn apart for a reason.

By Manch on 9/16/2012 4:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
Why is Sprint not an option? Where Sprints coverage drops, verizons takes up the slack. You have unlimited, no problem

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