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  • Sprint Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular


    Within the last week it was discovered in iOS 6 beta 3 that AT&T is probably going to charge us to use FaceTime over their cellular network, a feature that Apple promised us when they unveiled iOS 6 at WWDC 2012. Yesterday, ModMyi also reported that AT&Tís Chief Executive Officer, Randall Stephenson, responded to the rumor saying that it was, "too early" to respond to the circulating rumors about AT&T charging users to use FaceTime over their cellular network.

    Our friends over at 9to5Mac report that Verizon has also responded with the statement that it's too, "premature" to talk about FaceTime over cellular pricing at this point in time. While both Verizon and AT&T donít appear to want to let the cat out of the bag just yet, Sprint has come right out to say that they will not charge for FaceTime over their cellular network:

    Originally Posted by Sprint spokeswoman:
    We are committed to our unlimited data and that means not charging for data consumption based on the application.
    With AT&T likely to charge for FaceTime over their cellular network and Verizon still undecided, the sudden outburst from Sprint is a bold one that will make a ton of Sprint iPhone owners very happy and could stun the competing companies into revising their decisions (although unlikely). Sprint iPhone owners still get to enjoy unlimited data on top of the upcoming free FaceTime over cellular access, which will certainly make Sprint look golden to new iPhone customers.

    FaceTime isnít necessarily a game-changing feature of the iPhone, especially over cellular since most people have Wi-Fi in their homes where they can use the feature from. It probably wonít cause people to leave their contracts with Verizon and AT&T just for the niche feature of having FaceTime anywhere. In addition, future jailbreak software will likely unlock the feature on iPhones using the carriers that request payment for the feature similarly to the way the software can unlock the personal hotspot feature.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. MountainCubX's Avatar
      MountainCubX -
      to charge or not to charge... i cannot use Sprint... the signal's poor, i can't even have a nice phone conversation with my buddies... what more can i expect if i use FT? nah...
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      Looks like once this facetime charge hits, jailbreaking will be even more rampant so that people can delete the carrier's control over it.
    1. MountainCubX's Avatar
      MountainCubX -
      if skype's charge is lower... then i would rather say hello to skype again than pay higher rates for the same service. I know FT is better... but id like better keep some of my pennies.
    1. GuiltyGearIsaac's Avatar
      GuiltyGearIsaac -
      Quote Originally Posted by MountainCubX View Post
      to charge or not to charge... i cannot use Sprint... the signal's poor, i can't even have a nice phone conversation with my buddies... what more can i expect if i use FT? nah...
      It's not really poor, it's just their 3G network is slow compared to their WiMAX and LTE network. If you can be patient and get the next gen iPhone then you'll be happy with sprints new upgraded LTE network(varies by states who will have it by then) sprint.com/lte will show you their network differences of down,upload, and the peak speed, also you can be notify when LTE rolls out in your area to.