Wasn't it a delight when Apple announced that FaceTime will finally work over 3G/4G connections? That would be possible on an iPhone 4S, a new iPad, and future models of these devices once iOS 6 is out. Unfortunately, it seems like some carriers will be charging for the feature, or at least AT&T intends to, judging by evidence found in a beta version of iOS 6.
Upon attempting to enable FaceTime over Cellular, the user is instructed to contact AT&T in order to activate the feature. You know, just like AT&T users are required to pay an additional fee should they want their iPhone to work as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
After inquiring with the carrier, 9to5Mac received the following response: "We’re working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS6 and we’ll share more information with our customers as it becomes available."
Interestingly, the folks tried to enable FaceTime over Cellular on a Verizon iPad and it worked just fine, without requiring a subscription of any kind. However, that does not necessarily mean that the carrier won't add a fee at a later time.
So far, we don't know anything as to how much AT&T will charge its users for FaceTime over 3G/4G. We should get more information on the matter by the time iOS 6 is released.
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Or use Tango...
posted on Jul 17, 2012, 1:08 AM 10
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Agreed, Skype was better before Microsoft bought it. BTW a communication app is pretty useless if it only runs on one OS.
posted on Jul 17, 2012, 1:14 AM 4
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G+ hangout works best in my experiance. Tango barely ever connects unless, both users have the app running. Skype is really glitchy. Hangouts could be improved on, but so far it wins. It instantly notifies those you are trying to contact, it is available on all platforms, and it works over cell towers.
posted on Jul 17, 2012, 7:53 PM 1
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Nothing like being a pig. AT&T is throttling 'unlimited' plans once the data use hits, what - 3Gb? Now they want to charge for using Face Time? Imagine what life would have been like if they had been successful in creating a duopoly.... Charging for Face Time would have been just the start of the rape of its customers bank accounts. Anyone for escalating tiered data charges (as in increasing cost/Gb as more Gb gets used)?
posted on Jul 17, 2012, 2:21 AM 1
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LOL! So what exactly did iOS 6 bring that is actually beneficial to the user? I don't mean for iPhone 4S and new iPads, I mean for iPhone 4 users who are getting like 4% of iOS 6...And sometimes I wonder how people can say Android is fragmented, just because Apple is updated "in name".
posted on Jul 17, 2012, 8:23 AM 1
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Guys, AT&T does not charge for using FaceTime - so before you get you panties all in a bunch, and bash the carrier with the best selection of smartphone, and fastest data speeds - get the facts....this article does not speak of facts. My brother works at a Call Center, and at this time, Face Time is free - now, if a person has an incompatible data plan, then what you see on this article would happen.
posted on Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM 0
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