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AT&T still under fire despite loosened FaceTime restrictions

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AT&T still under fire despite loosened FaceTime restrictions
Free Press is leading yet another charge against AT&T, claiming the carrier has still not gone far enough to allow all of its iOS customers to use FaceTime over cellular if they choose.

AT&T recently opened things up for those that were not on a shared data plan but on individual tiered data plans to use the feature.  However, it appears that customers on the legacy “unlimited” data plans are not allowed to take advantage of the feature and Free Press is on its virtual soapbox to get the word out.

Launching a new on-line sounding board of sorts, Free Press has a new initiative titled, AT&T: Your World. Blocked. It allows AT&T customers to share their thoughts on the issue and in a short period of time, nearly 13,000 customers have already chimed in, some with quick one-liners, others with a bit of thought put into their comments and others that compare their data to onions on a hamburger.

AT&T still under fire despite loosened FaceTime restrictions
Free Press asserts that AT&T’s actions to restrict the FaceTime feature to specific pools of customers is in violation with the principles of net neutrality. Moreover, the advocacy group contends that this is only the beginning and that AT&T intends to exert efforts to remove all local and national regulations that require it to maintain an open network – accusations rooted in AT&T’s stated desire to abandon traditional telephony and operate a fully unregulated IP-telco

Free Press is inviting any and all AT&T customers to share their thoughts on the new initiative.

AT&T still under fire despite loosened FaceTime restrictions


sources: Free Press via The Verge

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posted on 21 Jan 2013, 21:32 6

1. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Still waiting for a law to pass that makes it illegal for the Carriers to charge for stuff like tethering thats already built into the device when you buy it.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 21:58 4

2. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Haha poor stupid at&t customers can't use full potential of their pathetic ios device, glad to be with t-mobile with truly unlimited data on a Galaxy note II

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 22:08 2

3. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Tmobile is the best only $70 a month for unlimited everything, no contracts no throttling. Wonder if that will change once they start turning on their LTE networks.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 22:27 3

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Nope according to the ceo there's enough spectrum for unlimited data lol

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 10:19 1

6. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Most T-Mobile smartphones now have 1900mhz built within. Despite T-Mobile transforming most 1700mhz to LTE, there'll be plenty of 1900mhz to go around for the HSPA+. In two years I'll be going unlimited LTE with T-Mobile as well.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 00:39 1

5. -box- (Posts: 3752; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Facetime is junk anyway. Sure it is built in, but it is laggy,.choppy, restrictive to other apple users, and there are better free alternates out there.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 23:04

7. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Actually, I have found FaceTime to be less laggy than both Skype and Oovoo. But if you just want a reason to complain about Apple, go ahead...

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