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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular Support to All Tiered Data Plans




AT&T has again expanded access to the FaceTime Over Cellular feature to customers on all tiered data plans with a compatible FaceTime device. Previously, only users with an LTE device -- the iPad 3 and 4, as well as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini -- could use FaceTime over cellular. The only users who still can't use the feature are users with a grandfathered unlimited data plan.

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When FaceTime over Cellular launched in September 2012, we explained that we wanted to roll it out gradually to ensure the service had minimal impact on the mobile experience for all of our customers.

As a result of ongoing testing, we're announcing AT&T will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device.

This means iPhone 4S customers with tiered plans will be able to make FaceTime calls over the AT&T cellular network. AT&T previously made FaceTime over Cellular available to customers with a Mobile Share plan and those with an LTE device on tiered plans.
AT&T says the update should be automatically applied over the next few months, and eligible users won't need to do anything special to begin using FaceTime over cellular.

The upshot is that any AT&T customer with a supported device -- the iPhone 4S and newer, the third generation iPad and newer, and the iPad mini -- will soon be able to use FaceTime over cellular.

Article Link: AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular Support to All Tiered Data Plans
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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Sweet, I have been waiting for this.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:17 PM   #3
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Still waiting AT&T...

- iPhone 5 with Unlimited Data Plan
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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Those of us with unlimited plans are still left out... Bummer.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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Facetime over cellular previously and currently already works on the 4S. I believe you had to be on a mobile share plan though. I know I have used it a few times on my 4S.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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Now let me tether on my limited data plan and I will be a happy camper.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:19 PM   #7
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Once again, unlimited data plan users get the shaft. Getting tired of being discriminated against.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:19 PM   #8
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Yes, let's screw over our customers who have been the most loyal...great PR.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:19 PM   #9
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Still waiting AT&T...

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One day they'll treat us right. One day…
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:20 PM   #10
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Seems to me that they either:

1. Able to keep expanding Facetime to all users, rolling it out slowly and eventually to ALL plans
2. Trying to rub it in even more to get off unlimited data

I will get off unlimited data when I can pay $5/GB without throttling or until AT&T says so which will make me switch to another carrier.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:20 PM   #11
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Meh

FaceTime = big face

Girls don't like talking on it
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:20 PM   #12
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Remind me again why we can't sue AT&T for limiting our feature capability?
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:23 PM   #13
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Good speech, Peter Pan!
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:24 PM   #14
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So I still cannot use my "unlimited" data...
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:24 PM   #15
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Meh

FaceTime = big face

Girls don't like talking on it
Must just be you.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:25 PM   #16
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:25 PM   #17
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...The only users who still can't use the feature are users with a grandfathered unlimited data plan.
Any sign as to when this might change?
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:25 PM   #18
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After 3 and a half years, I gave up my AT&T Unlimited data plan.

I just switched to the Shared Data plan. For a little bit more than the cost of my one iPhone plus all the extras (tethering, etc), everyone in my family can have an iPhone.

So, I've had FaceTime enabled for a few days now. But guess what? I still don't have anyone to talk to. I know half a dozen people with iOS devices. None of them use FaceTime.
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Six months ago when I switched to Straight Talk after a decade of AT&T/Cingular/AT&T, I wondered if I would regret giving up my unlimited plan. Thank you AT&T for continuing to make me feel good about my decision. For me the breaking point was when they got rid of all but the $15/month unlimited texting plan.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:27 PM   #20
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It's so stupid that I can use Skype, or anything else over cellular data, but not FaceTime! Annoying, but I still won't give up my grandfathered data plan for that. It isn't the best of incentives to pry it out of my hands.
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So, even though you get throttled on the unlimited plan, and Facetime wouldn't work while throttled, we STILL can't use it...
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:28 PM   #22
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So, even though you get throttled on the unlimited plan, and Facetime wouldn't work while throttled, we STILL can't use it...
My thoughts exactly.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:29 PM   #23
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Once again, unlimited data plan users get the shaft. Getting tired of being discriminated against.
It's their special way of thanking us for being such loyal customers for such a long time.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:29 PM   #24
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Yes, let's screw over our customers who have been the most loyal...great PR.
You mean the the people who scream the loudest.

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Once again, unlimited data plan users get the shaft. Getting tired of being discriminated against.
Discrimination? Look - I have the unlimited data plan. Happy it's still been grandfathered. That's a gift. And I'm no fan of ATT. ATT could easily just put everyone on a tiered plan at any upgrade cycle. They haven't.

Hardly discrimination.
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Treating the grand fathered unlimited data plans harshly.
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