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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 drycrust3 on 9/13/2012 12:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
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Facetime is much more efficient

Skype messages are, by default, encrypted. My understanding is that Facetime messages are, by default, unencrypted.
Encryption means more data processing and more bandwidth, which means more inefficiency. Personally, I'd prefer the extra inefficiency when using the internet.
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There's also the fact that unlike Skype, you don't have to be "signed on" to a server for it to work.

Well, how do you login to Facetime if you don't sign on to a server to verify the password?
Skype messages are sent directly between users, they don't go via a central server. I don't have time to find out how Facetime works.


RE: skype
By tayb on 9/13/2012 4:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Well, how do you login to Facetime if you don't sign on to a server to verify the password? Skype messages are sent directly between users, they don't go via a central server. I don't have time to find out how Facetime works.


There is no logging in or passwords. For iPhone to iPhone communication you use the phone number of the other person. To go from iPad/iPod touch to elsewhere you need a phone number or email. It's no different than placing a phone call or sending a text message.


RE: skype
By Reclaimer77 on 9/13/2012 5:08:42 PM , Rating: 2
Skype is just as convenient too. You don't have to "log in" to use it, wtf? After it's set up, it's just as convenient as FapTime.

Just hush Apple troll, be gone.


RE: skype
By tayb on 9/13/2012 5:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
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blah blah blah my mother still spanks me blah blah blah

-Reclaimer


Compelling argument.


RE: skype
By anactoraaron on 9/13/2012 7:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
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Compelling argument.

Says the person who also says:
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blah blah blah my mother still spanks me blah blah blah


It's always easy to spot trolls.

Look you may prefer to use FT for iOS to iOS... that's great. For everyone else there are better options.


RE: skype
By tayb on 9/13/2012 7:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
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Says the person who also says:


Yeah, I don't legitimately respond to reclaimer anymore.

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Look you may prefer to use FT for iOS to iOS... that's great. For everyone else there are better options.


Pretty much already said that. My whole point was about iOS to iOS communication. I don't think you'll find a single person who thinks skype is better for that. FT is exclusive to Apple, how could it possible compete with skype on other platforms? It isn't even designed to. I don't know why you guys can't understand this. It's designed to make video chatting between iOS devices extremely simple, and it does that effectively.


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