Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:41 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
AT&T to Restrict or Charge for FaceTime Over 3G/4G in iOS 6? [Updated With AT&T Statement]




As noted in our ongoing iOS 6 Beta 3 discussion thread, it appears that AT&T will be restricting and possibly charging for the new FaceTime-over-3G-network feature in iOS 6. Prior to iOS 6, FaceTime was a Wi-Fi-only service.

The following error message appears for AT&T customers in iOS 6 when trying to activate FaceTime over cellular networks:




The error message is similar to one given to AT&T customers who wish to enable data tethering under iOS. AT&T requires users to pay for a separate tethering data plan to enable that feature.

At the time of the original iOS 6 announcement, we had reported that many carriers were quiet of the prospect of allowing FaceTime over their cellular networks. An AT&T spokesperson said that they were "working closely with Apple on features disclosed for iOS 6, and we'll share more information with our customers as we get closer to launch." We are reaching out to AT&T for an update or statement on their plans.

9to5Mac also notes the same behavior on AT&T networks and found the same error message did not appear when trying to activate FaceTime over Verizon's 3G networks.

Update: AT&T issued this statement, which is very similar to the one issued back in June:
Quote:
We're working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS 6 and
we'll share more information with our customers as it becomes available.
Article Link: AT&T to Restrict or Charge for FaceTime Over 3G/4G in iOS 6? [Updated With AT&T Statement]
MacRumors is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:42 PM   #2
ratzzo
macrumors 6502a
 
ratzzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Madrid
As user friendly and cheap as ever.
__________________
15" MBP | Nexus 4 | iPad 4
ratzzo is offline   27 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:42 PM   #3
jav6454
macrumors G5
 
jav6454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
Fees, fees everywhere.


3G Unrestrictor it is then.
__________________
Al MacBook 2.4GHz Late '08 | 5 S⃣ | Macross Click Me
jav6454 is offline   49 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:42 PM   #4
JrJ 15
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Michigan
It's my data, I pay for it, let me use in anyway that I choose!
JrJ 15 is offline   152 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:43 PM   #5
levitynyc
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Data is data....i don't get it.
levitynyc is offline   77 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:43 PM   #6
coasterswim
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
I struggle to see how AT&T is going to be able to sell this to its subscribers as a premium feature that would make them want to pay for it. Personal hotspot is one thing, but this?
__________________
27" 2012 iMac ― 13" 2.13 GHz Air ― 16GB Wi-Fi 3rd Gen iPad █ ― 64GB iPhone 5s █ (AT&T)
coasterswim is offline   49 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:43 PM   #7
larrylaffer
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Are there any third-party video chat apps for iOS yet? If so, do they work over 3G?
larrylaffer is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:44 PM   #8
jayhawk11
macrumors 6502a
 
jayhawk11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
It worked just fine on Verizon because Verizon doesn't have separate hotspot plans like AT&T does.

Don't get me wrong, I fully expect AT&T to shaft customers with this. Just wanna clarify why Verizon users weren't seeing issues.
__________________
15" MacBook Pro Unibody, 2.2 GHz Quad Core i7; 32 GB iPhone 5s; 32GB iPad Mini with Retina Display
Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU.
jayhawk11 is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:44 PM   #9
coolbreeze
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: UT
Oh my god. ATT is the devil! Seriously! If I pay for 5 gigs (which I do) I will use my 5 gigs HOW I PLEASE! (includes tethering, so cool your jets on that one).

US wireless is the worst.
__________________

Note 3, iPhone 5, iPad 4 LTE, 15" rMBP, 13" rMBP, 13" Air.

coolbreeze is offline   61 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:45 PM   #10
lowonthe456
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by JrJ 15 View Post
It's my data, I pay for it, let me use in anyway that I choose!

Yep and if ATT thinks I'm paying extra they can kiss my ass. I hope to god T-MO gets the iPhone this year. I'll take my 4 iPhone family somewhere else. I have not had any issues with ATT service wise, but this will push me to another carrier.
lowonthe456 is offline   34 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:45 PM   #11
christophermdia
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
punks! Skype works just fine over 3G....im not giving you a penny more!
christophermdia is offline   41 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:45 PM   #12
PodPacker
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
 
see vendor information in user profile
Glad my contract is up

I'll be switching if that's the case.
__________________
Become a fan.
PodPacker is offline   43 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:45 PM   #13
flgator346
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
MONEY MONEY MONEY!! That is all it is.... Hopefully when iOS 6 is officially released, this will be all changed!
flgator346 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:45 PM   #14
TimeArrow
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Look up.

3G Unrestrictor let you facetime over 3G natively!

Great ATT! Another reason to jailbreak iOS6.

Quote:
Originally Posted by larrylaffer View Post
Are there any third-party video chat apps for iOS yet? If so, do they work over 3G?
TimeArrow is offline   27 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:46 PM   #15
pbush25
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Georgia
Send a message via AIM to pbush25 Send a message via Skype™ to pbush25
I'll say it again here for discussion purposes...

I posted the same thing on the 9to5 forums; as soon as they posted that story, I attempted to make FaceTime calls with my iPhone that was updated to beta 3 today. I had no issues placing and receiving 4 separate FaceTime calls over 4G this evening. Maybe it's just my phone, I don't know. But it worked fine for me.
__________________
UBMBP 15" 2.53 GHz iPhone 5 16GB Black iPad 3 LTE 64 GB
pbush25 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:46 PM   #16
ganymedes13
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
I would like to say that no one could be so stupid as to charge for this but this is AT&T. I'm glad I dumped them as my carrier.
ganymedes13 is offline   17 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:46 PM   #17
AppleFan73
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Glad I'm leaving AT&T and going to Sprint. AT&T = Rip off!
AppleFan73 is offline   28 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:46 PM   #18
denaliOnDubs
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern CO
Pretty frustrating... I'm not surprised however.
__________________
MacBook Air 1.8GHz i7, 4gb, 256gb; white iPhone 5 16gb; iPod Classic 80gb
denaliOnDubs is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:47 PM   #19
nickn
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Dear AT&T,
Go **** yourself!

From, the world.
nickn is offline   74 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:47 PM   #20
drummingcraig
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: "Armpit of the South"
I wonder how this may affect those of us who are jailbroken and can use FaceTime over cellular via apps such as 3G Unrestrictor.

In any event I think this is a total crap move by AT&T. Double fees on data...whats next...having to pay a fee to use my data to access my email?
__________________
~Traveling around the world beating on various objects, and getting paid to do it!~
drummingcraig is offline   9 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:47 PM   #21
b166er
macrumors 68020
 
b166er's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Philly
the only thing worse than this.....


.... will be reading ATT's excuse as to why they are doing it.


Deplorable. I pay for unlimited data. I rarely hit 2 gigs. Not a chance they will dime me for facetime, as it is not their feature.
__________________
Wait... I had something for this.
b166er is offline   29 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:49 PM   #22
sputnikv
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
it's 2012, why are american carriers so behind the rest of the world?
sputnikv is offline   36 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:49 PM   #23
doobybiggs
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
LOL, another reason AT&T can suck it
doobybiggs is offline   11 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:49 PM   #24
arn
macrumors god
 
arn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Send a message via AIM to arn
Quote:
Originally Posted by pbush25 View Post
I posted the same thing on the 9to5 forums; as soon as they posted that story, I attempted to make FaceTime calls with my iPhone that was updated to beta 3 today. I had no issues placing and receiving 4 separate FaceTime calls over 4G this evening. Maybe it's just my phone, I don't know. But it worked fine for me.
try resetting network settings
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...&postcount=310

if you don't mind losing the ability.

arn
arn is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:50 PM   #25
Small White Car
macrumors G3
 
Small White Car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Washington DC
Honestly I kind of LIKE having this broken out so I have the chance to not pay for it.

The fact that Verizon now makes you pay for unlimited voice and texts no matter what you want makes them a non-starter for me. I kind of like the idea of a carrier that lets me not pay for certain things. (And this certainly is one of those things that I wouldn't pay for.)
Small White Car is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:22 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC