AT&T Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular, Will Require New Mobile Share Plan

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    AT&T will not charge customers for using the FaceTime over Cellular feature in iOS 6, but will require users to be on one of its new Mobile Share data plans. Last month, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson declined to talk about how the company would handle the new FaceTime feature, saying "it's too early to talk about pricing."

    AT&T's new Mobile Share data plans will launch August 23rd, allowing users to share their monthly data allotment across multiple devices. The plans are structured with two basic components: a monthly cost for a data allotment and a per-device charge that varies from $10 to $45 depending on the type of device and the data plan selected. All of the plans include unlimited talk and text.

    Here's the statement from AT&T:
    While AT&T is clearly encouraging customers to switch to the new Mobile Share plans, users can keep their existing tiered single-phone or grandfathered unlimited data plans -- though without the FaceTime over Cellular feature.

    In the U.S., Sprint has said it will not charge for FaceTime over Cellular. Verizon hasn't specified what it will require of customers to use the feature.

    Article Link: AT&T Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular, Will Require New Mobile Share Plan
  2. ckelley macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Thanks AT&T for making my move to Sprint even easier.
  3. BrokenDinosaur macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    I hope I won't be making a mistake switching from AT&T to Sprint with the advent of the next iPhone.
  4. larrylaffer macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    "The more you use, the more you save".

    Oh, my sides!
  5. kniemann macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
    Steve Jobs would not have allowed Apple to be bullied by the carriers.
  6. zman2100 macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2009
    Such bullcrap. I'll just keep jailbreaking to use FaceTime over 3G anyways, but it shouldn't come to that.
  7. PharmDoc macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2010
  8. Virtualball, Aug 17, 2012
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    Virtualball macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    If you remember anything about iOS' history, you would know that you're undeniably wrong. iOS removed PdaNet from the App Store at the request of telecoms. iOS imposes download limits for apps due to telecoms. Steve Jobs has nothing to do with this and you sound like an idiot for bringing him up. Your logic is bad and you should feel bad.
  9. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Soooo if you don't have a new data plan you can't do FaceTime over cellular? AT&T is ridiculous.
  10. noah82 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I hate you so much ATT. What about business plans that cannot use those plans? Are we out of luck then?
  11. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    and just when I thought I wouldn't need to jailbreak anymore....
  12. burnside macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    Thanks, but I'll keep my grandfathered plan. And AT&T, I'm not going to charge you for this FacePalm. :D
  13. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    ATT dominates the market, they have no incentive to provide good deals until they begin to waver. If you want a consumer friendly plan, switch to Sprint or Verizon. They are both playing catch up (Sprint more-so). If you're willing to ditch the iPhone or Jailbreak and throw out a few features T-mobile has even more impressive rates than even Sprint these days.
  14. bondjw07 macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2003
  15. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    I concur with this assessment. iOS6 would've been fine stock for my needs, but AT&T has to ruin the fun.
  16. solarguy17 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2007
    I figured they charge for it separate. So while this is slightly better there still trying to find ways to screw customers.

    Those new plants are a total joke I don't know why Anyone switch To them.

    I wonder how this will affect people Using jailbreak
  17. jfreak623 macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2007
    if ATT is not going to let me do my yearly upgrade anymore even though i spend $250+ a month then i'm definitely going to look at all my options when my contract opens back up.Sprint looking more and more tempting
  18. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Wonder why they are pushing shared plans so hard. The costs are about the same. Maybe market research suggests people are more likely to overpay for shared plans thinking they are more protected than before.
  19. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Wait wait wait.

    That's what you were going for?
  20. ladysman macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
  21. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    "We won't charge, as long as you sign up for one of our overpriced 'share' plans." What if I don't have a second device to "share" data with? It's bad enough they charge for tethering. They should offer this with their regular plans, at least as an add-on.
  22. jwhite878 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2010
    If it's my data, I can use it however I want. It shouldn't matter if I'm getting emails, streaming music, using Facetime, tethering, or watching a 2 hour porno. If I go over my limit, you charge me anyway. It shouldn't be restricted to new plans, and is a shameless attempt at getting everyone to give up their unlimited data.
  23. redchannel macrumors regular


    Nov 23, 2008
    I can keep my UNLIMITED DATA but if I want to use Facetime™ over 3G I must switch plans. ****ing Goddamn ******** AT&T !!!!!
  24. musicpenguy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    My tweet reacting to this:

    tchaten: @ATT I don't want your idiotic share everything plans where you charge me $45 JUST TO BE ON THE PLAN (data not included) Why do you HATE US!

    We pay for data even if we aren't on share everything plans - and AT&T throttles when we use too much data - there is zero reason for this now.
  25. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    FaceTime may work well over 4G, but those new shared data plans are a total ripoff.

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