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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...
07-18-2012, 07:25 PM #1
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&T’s 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 don’t 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
FaceTime isn’t 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 won’t 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.
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 07-18-2012 at 07:28 PM.
07-18-2012, 07:41 PM #2
that settles it. when i return to the u.s, i'm heading straight for sprint. unless ...
07-18-2012, 07:46 PM #3
07-18-2012, 07:47 PM #4
I didn't even think that facetime would even work on Sprint's 3G network with their slow speeds. Can anyone confirm?
07-18-2012, 08:10 PM #5
07-18-2012, 08:24 PM #6
You get what you pay for.
07-18-2012, 09:06 PM #7
07-18-2012, 09:41 PM #8
Been using FaceTime over 3G on AT&T for years on JB iPhone. Nothing special, won't pay for it!
07-18-2012, 09:46 PM #9
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07-18-2012, 10:09 PM #11
Sprint won't charge for FaceTime? Just like Verizon won't get rid of their unlimited data plan.
07-18-2012, 10:41 PM #12
Looks like Sprint here I come in October or so when new iPhone comes out. AT&T will regret not taking care of their customers.Don't allow others to tell you What you Can and What you can't Do. Live that's your only option.
07-19-2012, 12:01 AM #13
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07-19-2012, 01:12 AM #14
Quite a good step from sprint, although I know that the load on their system will get too high but the step is quite a good one, along with all this I hope the other companies also learn from this, as earlier another company mentioned that its too early to talk about the pricing of the Facetime!
07-19-2012, 06:27 AM #15
Also checkout Sprints LTE Network that was just released to a couple cities on the 7/15 the speeds are wicked good but I wonder what it'll be like when the whole nation is using it.
07-19-2012, 07:06 AM #16
Great news! How is AT&T supposed to charge when you can get it for free elsewhere? I like how this is looking..BRIGHT! :]
07-19-2012, 09:59 AM #17
Umm, it would be illegal for AT&T to charge extra for Facetime usage, as they cannot discriminate where the traffic comes from. I am suprised that they are allowed to get away with charging extra for tethering.
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07-20-2012, 07:52 PM #20
The reason why Sprint won't charge for FaceTime is because their network doesn't have the backhaul capabilities to even do it. 500kbps just doesn't cut it.