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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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RE: skype
By tayb on 9/13/2012 10:24:46 AM , Rating: 2
The biggest benefit to facetime is that it doesn't require both parties to log in to a third party service. It's extremely convenient for iOS to iOS video communication. Skype is more flexible in that it is OS agnostic but only a handful of people in my contacts have skype accounts.

It's much easier to tell my mother "just go to your contacts, find me, and select face time" than it is to say "just download skype, open the app, create an account, add my account to your contacts list, and then video call me."


RE: skype
By jRaskell on 9/13/2012 11:12:32 AM , Rating: 3
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than it is to say "just download skype, open the app, create an account, add my account to your contacts list, and then video call me."


Three of those 5 steps are 1 time steps. Once they are done, the process is essentially the same. Open Skype, select the contact, and video call.

IF Apple wasn't so utterly fascist about keeping their systems locked down, it would even be possible for Skype to tie into existing phone contacts and eliminate the step of adding contacts to your Skype account as well. Android allows this to be done very easily. It's still possible on the iPhone, but only by manually exporting your contact list onto a computer, and then importing that list into Skype. That's not Skype's fault though, it's Apples.


RE: skype
By tayb on 9/13/2012 11:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
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Three of those 5 steps are 1 time steps. Once they are done, the process is essentially the same. Open Skype, select the contact, and video call.


True... but what is the point? It still requires a third party app on both ends. If I am on my iPad using iOS and my mother is on her iPhone using iOS why in the world would I choose skype instead of face time? I can think of all kinds of scenarios where skype is the better or ONLY choice for video chatting but iOS to iOS video chatting is not one of them.


RE: skype
By Reclaimer77 on 9/13/2012 4:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
Are you going to base every argument on you and your freaking mother? Honestly just stop.

In your own words, Skype is superior because it's NOT platform limited. Honestly are you people SO incredibly biased, you don't even have non-iOS using friends or something? What are you, phone Nazi's?


RE: skype
By tayb on 9/13/2012 5:24:42 PM , Rating: 3
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-Reclaimer


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