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08-22-2012, 11:18 AM #1
AT&T: We Are Allowed to Block FaceTime Over Cellular
In all of the recent criticisms against AT&T for choosing to limit FaceTime over cellular networks to those in AT&T’s shared data plans, AT&T has finally come forward with a response to those complaining about the decision in their blog. AT&T claims that because FaceTime over cellular networks is a pre-installed application on Apple’s devices, AT&T is allowed to block FaceTime from whomever they want, to their heart’s content:
Originally Posted by AT&T
While AT&T may be playing along with the rules in their book, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the company is doing this purposely with no real reasoning besides money. Several other comparable iPhone carriers will be allowing users to use the FaceTime over cellular feature without blocking it from certain users without specific data plans or charging extra to use the feature. For this, some people may move over to different companies.
Even though AT&T plans to block FaceTime over cellular for certain subscribers, jailbreak tweaks can allow the feature to be used on jailbroken devices. Additionally, users can always connect to a Wi-Fi network to use FaceTime, as AT&T cannot control what you do over Wi-Fi.
According to AT&T’s blog, AT&T plans to monitor the usage of FaceTime over cellular to learn about the impacts of the feature on their cellular network. We have a feeling it won’t be much and even after AT&T finally learns this, they will probably still block most of us from it for the fun of having control over things.
Sources: AT&T blog via 9to5Mac
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 08-22-2012 at 11:23 AM.
08-22-2012, 11:27 AM #2
Face break baby
08-22-2012, 11:29 AM #3
This is the first time in the 4 years I've been a loyal AT&T customer that I've seriously considered jumping ship & joining the "Big Red"... And it's not simply because of "FaceTime" limitations, it's more due to their principals behind it & their diminishing lack of care &/or loyalty to its customers... Pitiful I must say...
08-22-2012, 11:36 AM #4
Att wants to be a ****, why doesnt apple just make facetime downloadable instead of preinstalled for ios6 to be a **** back. Only makes sense, but you know it wont happen.
Last edited by BioFUSION; 08-22-2012 at 12:28 PM.
08-22-2012, 11:52 AM #5
I think a better response would have been something akin to "we want to see what kind of impact it has so we are limiting it to our shared data plan subscribers only, first" and if it isn't eating up too much bandwidth, roll it out to more subscribers. Very similar to how Apple had limited Siri to iPhone 4S first and then are now rolling it out to iPads to manage server load properly and make sure the service is scalable.
But, no, instead we get AT&T saying "we're allowed to do this, so STFU" because the reality is, they don't want to have to keep paying to improve their network just so we can video chat using an integrated service like FaceTime.
I swear, if there was another carrier that would give me unlimited data on the new iPhone with LTE, I'd tell AT&T to get bent. I won't go Verizon because they are basically the other side of the same coin.
08-22-2012, 11:52 AM #6
I agree with you Breezy. All this ******** AT&T has been doing has me thinking of switching to verizon as well. The only thing holding me back is my AT&T grandfathered Unlimited data plan.
08-22-2012, 11:55 AM #7
08-22-2012, 11:56 AM #8
What's with all the hype over this anyway? Tango, Skype and few other do the job and if not better than face time. To my knowledge face time is limited to i Devices platform only so the mentioned apps have another advantage over face time.
ATT is surely ruining their reputation with many recent policy changes. People are starting to notice and I think ATT should pay attention and realize the source of their revenue.
point in case:
This is the first time in the 4 years I've been a loyal AT&T customer that I've seriously considered jumping ship & joining the "Big Red"... And it's not simply because of "FaceTime" limitations, it's more due to their principals behind it & their diminishing lack of care &/or loyalty to its customers... Pitiful I must say...Hit the thanks button if I helped in any way
08-22-2012, 12:15 PM #9
Last time I looked FaceTime isn't a installed app. I don't see a app icon on my screen. It's a feature that works with the phone app. Just like yahoo. Yahoo is a app but the video chat is a feature thats part of the yahoo app.
08-22-2012, 12:21 PM #10
Hit the thanks button if I helped in any way
08-22-2012, 12:24 PM #11
so, apple could pull the app from being pre-installed and make it a download like iBooks. problem solved. That would be funny.
08-22-2012, 12:36 PM #12
Although if AT&T can use loopholes to their advantage, why can't we? It is a good point that you point out.
08-22-2012, 12:40 PM #13
Tmobile please get the iPhone.
08-22-2012, 12:40 PM #14
These are the times I hate being an AT&T customer
08-22-2012, 12:40 PM #15
This decision will also impact other people, as you can not do a Facetime with someone who is using AT&T non-shared dara plan, even if you are on wifi or with a different operator ...
This really sucks ..
08-22-2012, 12:56 PM #16
Edit: Ha. Anthony beat me to half my point. Bravo, sir.
Last edited by claustin; 08-22-2012 at 12:59 PM.
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08-22-2012, 01:40 PM #19
This is why I chose Verizon. They don't block any built in features of iPhones or androids. They let all of it go (except tethering for a hotspot) for free and no extra cost unless you go over your plan. Screw you AT&T. And I just wanted to say that FaceTime over 3G is amazingly helpful when a friend with only an iPod wants to call me and I can just FaceTime anywhere at anytime.
08-22-2012, 01:40 PM #20
I've been thinking about switching to the V but a $400 activation fee is a hell of a lot of money specially after paying $400 for the phone