AT&T Opens Up FaceTime Availability (A Little)
November 8, 2012 6:29 PM
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(Source: The Verge)
According to AT&T, this availability will reach Cellular customers over the next eight to 10 weeks
AT&T has flip-flopped on its decision to charge iPhone users for FaceTime, and will now expand its availability to users.
Back in August, AT&T announced that it was
limiting FaceTime availability
to customers with Mobile Share data plans (for free). This meant that users with regular 2GB/4GB data plans or grandfathered unlimited plans were left out. They didn't even have the option to pay for it.
FaceTime has always been available to iPhone 4/4S customers over a Wi-Fi network, but Apple offered the ability to use FaceTime over a cellular connection once iOS 6 beta released.
AT&T's decision to limit FaceTime to certain users caught a lot of criticism from users, and even landed it a
FCC net neutrality complaint
Now, AT&T has changed its mind. The carrier will now enable FaceTime over Cellular for iOS 6 users on any tiered data plan -- for free. The user must have an LTE device, though. Users with grandfathered unlimited plans are still left out of the loop.
AT&T customers with Mobile Share data plans will still be able to use FaceTime for free, as will those with Wi-Fi connections.
According to AT&T, this availability will reach cellular customers over the next eight to 10 weeks.
AT&T was further pressured when Verizon and Sprint announced that they
wouldn't charge extra for FaceTime
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11/9/2012 10:25:35 AM
There is no way Verizon is hitting 100 but doesn't mean hey aren much faster. On my iphone5 for AT&T LTE isn't even an option I only get the fake "4g" here in the San Fernando Valley that hits 2-4Mbps. If I'm in Santa Monica (one of the few rare areas with LTE for AT&T) I get 4-6 Mbps. My friend with the Verizon version of the same phone gets 27Mbps through his LTE standing next to me.
It may not be 100mbps but it still 4-5 times faster than AT&T in the Los Angeles area.
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