AT&T explains why it will block FaceTime over 3G for some users: because a loophole in the system allows it

AT&T explains why it will block FaceTime over 3G for some users: because a loophole in the system allows it
AT&T might be the first carrier to have ever offered the iPhone in the States, but it could also become the first to block one of the iPhone’s best built in services - FaceTime. At least to everyone who is not on one of AT&T’s more expensive Mobile Share Plans. Last week’s announcement that the carrier will block FaceTime over 3G for non-Mobile Share Plan subscribers might have pissed a lot of users off, and today’s explanation won’t calm anyone down.


Basically, AT&T just publicly explained that there is a loophole in the system and... it would gladly use it, since it doesn’t violate any of FCC's rules. Here is AT&T’s explanation:



So basically what AT&T is saying is that it will block FaceTime because it's a built-in app. The whole conflict stems from the fact that other apps like Skype have no restrictions as to video calling over 3G, and you could still be able to get them from the App Store. Well, at least when on Wi-Fi, you'd still be able to use FaceTime for free.


source: AT&T

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