FaceTime Over Cellular Data with Mobile Share Only!

Professor

FaceTime Over Cellular Data with Mobile Share Only!

So AT&T won't charge for FaceTime over cellular data, but will restrict it to Mobile Share customers only.  What are your thoughts?

 

http://www.phonedog.com/2012/08/17/at-t-won-t-charge-fee-for-facetime-over-cellular-but-only-mobile-...

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Professor

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I'm actually surprised they arent charging...AT&T charges for EVERYTHING

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Guru

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Doesn't matter to me, we are not big facetime users.
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Professor

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I think that it is another "enticement" to get unlimited data users to switch to Mobile Share or otherwise give up their unlimited data plans.

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Master

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Not surprising at all if they are not going to charge extra. 

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Teacher

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I think it's total crap.  It is completely another attempt to frustrate those of us that still have Unlimited Data plans to switch.  I barely exceed 1GB/mo having my Unlimited Domestic & International Data.  I simply do not use that much.  So, to add this restriction is manipulation.

 

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Expert

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fredflyer wrote:

I think it's total crap.  It is completely another attempt to frustrate those of us that still have Unlimited Data plans to switch.  I barely exceed 1GB/mo having my Unlimited Domestic & International Data.  I simply do not use that much.  So, to add this restriction is manipulation.

 

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get used to it, the unlimited plan is grandfathered, there will be absolutely no additional functionality added to it. Was actually suprised they did ot sunset it like verizon is doing when they offered shared data plans here.

 

Never had a need for Facetime anyway - it is way to limited, use Cisco Jabber and it is light years ahead of facetime

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I'm very frustrated to learn that I can't use my existing data plan for Facetime over cellular. I am currently on the unlimited data plan that gets throttled after 3GB of data usage on my iPhone 4S. I hardly make actual phone calls on my cell phone, so I really have no use for the Mobile Share plans. Now, I can sort of understand AT&T not offering Facetime over cellular on unlimited data plans. But what is the reasoning behind not allowing Facetime on the 3GB or 5GB data plans? If you go over your data plan you still get charged an overage charge of $10 per GB. So why not allow users to make Facetime calls and just bill them if they go over their data plan?

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Tutor

why no FaceTime over cellular with iOS 6 ?

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Wow... Impressive. Even the AT&T mobile forum posting system is busted. You've managed to insert a super secret hidden HTML code in my rant. Let me try this again:
 
 
 
 
 
Long time customer here. Been out of contract for a long time yet I've stuck with this girlfriend even though she has gotten fat ugly and trashy. You finally burst my bubble though. And I'm gonna rant. 
 
On average I am WAY UNDER the cap you put on my 3G data on my  "unlimited" iPhone plan. ONE TIME I get a text message frok you warning me that I'm approaching 3 GBs and you will throttle my usage. Strike one. 
 
Tethering... What is wrong with you? You greedy *** should have allowed iPhone built in tethering, using whatever existing data plan I have, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU'RE GOING TO THROTTLE IT ANYWAY if I go over a certain limit on my unlimited data plan. Strike two. 
 
iOS 6 FaceTime over cellular... "AT&T will offer FaceTime over Cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans, which were created to meet customers' growing data needs at a great value. With Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers."
You have a lot of <nope> AT&T. Same comments apply as mentioned above for tethering... If customers exceed their monthly data plan, or you throttle unlimited data plans, what do you need to cripple a hardware feature for when youll get paid anyway? Enjoy losing customers. I hope that everyone else you've irritated off jumps ship as well. 
 
New iPhone comes out soon AT&T I strongly suggest you start to wise up and pay attention to your customer base. 
 
Wow. Feels good to just let it fly. I'm almost sad since its been a decent ride. Im almost hoping you wake up and turn the tide on these points and I'd have no problem staying. 
 
Anyone else feel like sharing today? 
 
Thanks for letting me share. 
 

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I agree with it being insane to not allow Facetime over cellular on all of their data plans. Now, I can sort of understand why they may not want to enable it for customers on old unlimited data plans. But for crying out loud why the heck will they prevent you from using Facetime over cellular on their 5GB data plan? If a customer is paying $50 a month for 5GB of data they should be able to use the data however they want! Basically AT&T is saying you can tether your internet connection to a laptop if you want to, and if you go over the 5GB they will be happy to bill you for overages. But try to use Facetime? That's where they draw the line! It's kind of crazy to think your limited on how you use your data plan you already pay for.

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Tutor

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AT&T needs to look at all the posts on different Apple sites about how most customers will LEAVE AT&T for Sprint or another service that will not charge for FaceTime or make them change to a shared account that COSTS MORE. Smiley Frustrated

Why make people change there service for something that uses data which doesn't change anything that AT&T has to provide? Let people use there data anyway they want to on any plan they want.

I only have 2 phones on an account, the shared plan costs way more to change and use then if I stick to my family plan that I have now. Why would I want to change that just so I can use FaceTime which is only data and should not effect my plan?

This is rediculious!!! 

 

People are not happy about your shared data plan only for FaceTime. You better think about changing that decsiion or face massive contract cancellations from AT&T.

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Re: FaceTime Over Cellular Data with Mobile Share Only! Customers are NOT happy

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1424804                                Read the comments section

http://www.ipodnn.com/articles/12/08/17/facetime.over.wi.fi.still.available/      Read the comment section at the bottom

http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/151992/at-t-to-require-new-mobile-share-data-plans-for-facetime-cal...

http://www.macworld.com/article/1168197/atandt_facetime_over_cellular_will_require_shared_data_plan....

 

All of these sites tell the story of AT&T's customer fallout if they stick with there FaceTime and Shared Plan or else.

Most customers are NOT happy about this absurd decision by AT&T.

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Tutor

Re: FaceTime Over Cellular Data with Mobile Share Only! Customers are NOT happy

9 to 5 Website Poll: AT&T FaceTime with Shared Plan Poll was taken and these are the results so far.
 
With the FaceTime news, will you be staying on AT&T for your iPhone network?
Yes, going Mobile Share so NBD  5.19%  (674 votes) 
 
 
Yes, don't care about FaceTime over mobile  24.39%  (3,166 votes) 
 
 
No, already left/not on AT&T  15.2%  (1,974 votes) 
 
 
No, this is last straw, leaving AT&T  55.22%  (7,169 votes) 
 
 
 
Total Votes: 12,983


Read more at http://9to5mac.com/2012/08/17/att-announces-facetime-over-cellular-on-ios-6-will-only-be-available-m...

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Professor

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Mrspock wrote:
9 to 5 Website Poll: AT&T FaceTime with Shared Plan Poll was taken and these are the results so far.
 
With the FaceTime news, will you be staying on AT&T for your iPhone network?
Yes, going Mobile Share so NBD  5.19%  (674 votes) 
 
 
Yes, don't care about FaceTime over mobile  24.39%  (3,166 votes) 
 
 
No, already left/not on AT&T  15.2%  (1,974 votes) 
 
 
No, this is last straw, leaving AT&T  55.22%  (7,169 votes) 
 
 
 
Total Votes: 12,983


Read more at http://9to5mac.com/2012/08/17/att-announces-facetime-over-cellular-on-ios-6-will-only-be-available-m...


Those polls are meaningless.  People have been very vocal in threatening to leave AT&T over their iPhone policies since day 1 of the iPhone's existence.  First there was not unlocking the phones.  Then there was tethering.  Then losing unlimited data plans.  Then throttling.  And, don't forget stopping early upgrades and dropped calls.  Yet, except for unlocking, all of these "draconian" policies have stayed in place and AT&T continues to be in business, even though there are now other carriers that sell iPhones.  They survived all of the others, and they will survive this.  Have the other carriers said they will allow Facetime over cell without restrictions, or will they be doing the same thing?  Might want to check that before you jump.

 

I agree with some of the other posts in that this is just another tactic to get people off unlimited data and get them to pay more by charging for every little feature.

 

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Mrspock wrote:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1424804                                Read the comments section

http://www.ipodnn.com/articles/12/08/17/facetime.over.wi.fi.still.available/      Read the comment section at the bottom

http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/151992/at-t-to-require-new-mobile-share-data-plans-for-facetime-cal...

http://www.macworld.com/article/1168197/atandt_facetime_over_cellular_will_require_shared_data_plan....

 

All of these sites tell the story of AT&T's customer fallout if they stick with there FaceTime and Shared Plan or else.

Most customers are NOT happy about this absurd decision by AT&T.


you realize that verizon is doing just abot the same thing to right?

 

What will be interesting is when people start using it over cellular and start posting about insane data usage

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