Carrier No FaceTime on AT&T Prepaid SCAM

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LiveWireless, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. LiveWireless macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    What kind of scam is this; AT&T is saying no FaceTime on my prepaid plan with 2G of data?

    They gave every BS answer they could think of on why it is not offered, they were so lame. If i want to use my limited data on FaceTime how can they get away with not supporting it. Do they prevent some websites also?

    Does it actually say this in any plan agreement?

  2. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Why is that a scam? It's prepaid and video streaming of any kind is typically prohibited on such plans.
  3. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Does it in yours? (honest question)
  4. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
  5. LiveWireless thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    It's a scam because if i buy 2GB of data i'm buying 2GB of data they should not be able to tell me how i can use that data.


    I could not find it mentioned and the rep could not pint me to any source.
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    lol that is not a scam... I recommend you use the dictionary function of your iOS device.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    If you don't like it OP, then switch to postpaid or a different carrier.
  8. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I did a quick search and found this: AT&T will enable FaceTime over cellular for everyone by year’s end. But that may not answer your question. I can't find something that specifically calls out pre-paid so I guess I should just "trust" from AT&T statement:

    Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is expected to be complete by year end.
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    Straight talk prepaid prohibits video calling and streaming
    AT&T probably does as well
  10. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    The favorite argument of the those who have none at all.

    This sets a terrible precedent. Hope AT&T includes prepaid.
  11. justiny Contributor


    Jul 28, 2008
    Fairfield, NJ
    If AT&T promised this feature before purchase, then maybe, but even then I wouldn't consider this a scam.
  12. LiveWireless thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    scam - deprive of by deceit;
    : a fraudulent or deceptive act
    N. INFORMAL a dishonest scheme
  13. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I agree with the OP. I think it's completely ridiculous that a company can prohibit you from using your data allotment for a particular feature on the phone.

    It's just like allowing you to have unlimited data, but then decide to throttle you to nearly unusable speeds once you reach 3 GB. (Happened to me last month.)

    Sorry, but both of these things are flat out wrong and AT&T should be sued.

    OP, I couldn't agree with you anymore!

  14. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    Good, now you know it's not a scam.
  15. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I'd read the T&Cs, as most prepaid services prohibit streaming of any sort.

    BTW. I thought AT&T still did not officially approve iphones on their prepaid service anyway.
  16. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I don't think scam is the proper wording. I do think you should be able to use the 2GB as you please, but that's their policy
  17. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    They always did, but no data until recently. They changed that rule. Now goPhone customers can buy data for the iPhone.

    Personally im steering away from prepaid. No tethering, throttle caps, crap customer service, and like you said, no facetime.

    But this is no secret really. AT&T wasnt allowing even unlimited data customers to use Facetime when basically every other carrier had no restrictions.

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