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  • AT&T May Restrict or Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular in iOS 6


    As previously reported, Apple released iOS 6 beta 3 to developers yesterday, an update that brought mainly additional stability to the operating system. It was discovered though that a new feature was added as well, one that many customers might not be too happy about. It appears AT&T will begin restricting and possibly charging for the new FaceTime-over-3G –network feature in iOS 6. Prior to iOS 6, FaceTime was a Wi-Fi only service but the jailbreak community has helped fix that issue with tweaks available on Cydia.

    The error message is one similar to the one given to AT&T customers who try to enable data tethering in iOS. Furthermore, to enable this feature, AT&T users are required to pay for a separate tethering data plan. When trying to activate FaceTime over cellular networks, the following error message appears:

    When iOS 6 was first announced, many carriers were quite about the possibility of allowing FaceTime over cellular networks. When asked about the situation, AT&T issued the following statement:

    We're working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS 6 and we'll share more information with our customers as it becomes available.
    One thing that should be noted is that this message only comes up for AT&T customers. Verizon customers don’t have to worry about the issue, at least not yet, as this message doesn’t appear for them.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T May Restrict or Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular in iOS 6 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
      If you guys think that you can just keep using 3g Unrestrictor or My3g to keep using this to bypass AT&T, just remember, we tried that with tethering and that didn't work out so well for a lot of users.
      Actually tethering works just fine, you just have to know how to set your APN values correctly and it's not a problem. With Facetime, though, even if it does get sent through a separate APN just like with tethering, the tweaks that fool it into thinking it's working over wifi will likely still work, as it will just operate the same way it does over a wifi connection and just go through the normal APN.
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      AT&T--The douchebag of carriers
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      I actually see this is an unfair charge of one's data, but knowing the carrier's CEO, he doesn't want any pennies slipping through his fingers.
    1. the87th's Avatar
      the87th -
      Seems like there is a lot of room in the telecom business for some competition. Just one company that makes a FAIRLY priced product could dominate, even if only at a local scale. This doesn't happen, because telecom services are priced as utilities, but are not regulated as such by governments. The revolution is coming: we demand freedom of communication and freedom of information access! These are human rights, and currently they are subject to the whims of giant multinational corporations like AT&T. Overthrow the opressors, melt their glass fortresses and drive them from our lands!
      الله أكبر، الموت لجميع الذين يضطهدون لنا

      (i'm probably on a few FBI watchlists now... i was just venting you guys )
    1. brodimus's Avatar
      brodimus -
      Seriously guys.

      StraightTalk. $50 a month, bring your locked AT&T phone. They'll handle everything. Been with them 2-3 months after kicking AT&T to the curb.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I have never used it and probably won't ever. But reading this frustrates me.
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      How much data does FaceTime actually use per minute or so?
    1. Ezcaflowne's Avatar
      Ezcaflowne -
      Yea they tried to charge for tether but PdaNet got around that. I think a same type of jailbreak application would get around the FaceTime thing as well.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Agent929 View Post
      How much data does FaceTime actually use per minute or so?
      Not much. Did a 10 minute facetime call over 3G with my wife just a little while ago and it only used about 11mb.
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Not much. Did a 10 minute facetime call over 3G with my wife just a little while ago and it only used about 11mb.
      Wo that's not bad. Wtf is AT&Ts problem then?
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by patoons View Post
      oh geez, i believe facetime and tethering should be free to use on a capped data plan. 2gb is 2 gb, no matter how they are used
      You mean like Verizon's new family share plans? You now buy a bucket of data and share amongst all devices and you get free hotspot thrown in to boot. They are betting on data overages hitting folks I am sure.
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post
      You mean like Verizon's new family share plans? You now buy a bucket of data and share amongst all devices and you get free hotspot thrown in to boot. They are betting on data overages hitting folks I am sure.
      In my opinion Verizon isn't near as greedy as AT&T. You can always backdate your plan with Verizon if you in risk of going over. The data packages really aren't that bad at all if you have a few smartphones.
    1. thomaspeter's Avatar
      thomaspeter -
      Sprint is offering Facetime for free according to media reports. I am not sure about that, but this is what I heard and I hope that others also start doing so!