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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9/13/2012 11:46:24 AM
I always find it interesting how people seem to hate AT&T but not Verizon for these silly shenanigans. I'd like to point out that Verizon essentially forces you to switch to a share everything plan in order to access the 4G network. Verizon's 3G is so piss poor slow that facetime would be utterly worthless without the switch. Kudos to Sprint/Nextel though.
RE: Catch 22
9/13/2012 2:59:43 PM
I have an Unlimited Verizon account and I have 4G as well, I upgraded to a 4G phone after they got rid of unlimited as well.
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