AT&T might charge for FaceTime over Cellular

AT&T might charge for FaceTime over Cellular
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.

source: 9to5Mac

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17 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Or you could use Skype like a normal person.

2. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

Or use Tango...

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Agreed, Skype was better before Microsoft bought it. BTW a communication app is pretty useless if it only runs on one OS.

4. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

I think Google Hangout/Talk is a great alternative.

16. Jodabro

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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.

5. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Wow...just plain dumb

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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)?

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

AT&T is a pricey lil hoe... So glad I'm using an unlocked device. ROFL

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Seems AT&T and Verizon are trying to out nickel n dime each other.

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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".

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

however, AT&T can change its mind....lol

15. Jodabro

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

The article is not claiming they charge for facetime, they are claiming they will charge for facetime over cellular data.

12. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

They already charge for it...it is called a Data Plan! ATT is so stupid. Seriously thinking of going back to a plain phone and Using a Nexus 7 on my home Wifi with Charter.

13. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

The carriers are forcing folks to a hotspot type device for data. This way you WiFi your iDevice to the hotpot, and FaceTime to your hearts content.

14. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

That would be ridiculous. They already charge their customers for every byte they use. Why would they charge them more for using those bytes in a different way? It's kind of like the tethering thing...

17. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I don't use it but really going to far. What's with Verizon charging for visual voice mail? Nickel and dime you to death. Sometimes think about a dumb phone if I can break the addiction.

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