Will AT&T end the grandfathered people's unlimited data when Facetime goes 3G?

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  1. ks-man macrumors 6502a

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    I've kept my AT&T data plan at unlimited even though I currently only use about 600-750MB/month. The trend of my usage is upwards which I imagine will continue as technology improves (apps etc). Today I read on Engadget that a one minute Facetime call on 3G takes up 3MB. This makes me wonder realistically if AT&T can support Facetime over 3G and still offer unlimited data usage (even if only to those grandfathered in). I remember reading somewhere when AT&T switched their data tiers that 90% of their customers use less than 200MB/month. Seeing that a one hour Facetime call uses about that same amount (or even half if AT&T downgrades quality of 3G), it just isn't feasible for them to offer it.

    So my question becomes am I keeping my unlimited plan for a period down the road when I need it, only to find out that I won't even have that option at that point? Admittedly it is a cheap difference at only an extra $5/month, but I still would prefer the extra Abe Lincoln's in my pocket. I'm assuming that AT&T would have the right to force us to switch to 2GB or raise the unlimited price even if we are locked into a 2 year contract with them, right?
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    My theory is that AT&T will add it to the new data plans at around $15 a month and leave us unlimited users out to dry(example: tethering)
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    AT&T will have a way to tell if you are using FaceTime and charge you the adecuate VideoCall minutes.
     
  4. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure exactly how the will do it, but what I am sure of is that they will definitely screw us over somehow...especially those who still have the unlimited plan like myself.

    P.S.- What's up with everyone having the same Avatar? I remember I guy who got banned on here last year had that avatar with the location 1 Geostationary Plaza. He went by Tallest Skil.
     
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    We're paying homage to him. :)
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    In short, after he was banned, I started using it right after. However, people loved him so much, they are conmemorating his departure by using his avatar all over the place.
     
  7. ks-man thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So in essence, you both believe that if people ever want to use Facetime over 3G, they will be forced to change their data plans and thus give up unlimited. I'm starting to think more and more about switching to 2GB/month.
     
  8. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Certainly, or you can just use My3G.
     
  9. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    Ok I figured it had to be something like that. He did get banned almost exactly 1 year ago. And yeah he was a really cool guy and I was very shocked to see him get banned. One of you joined after I did last year and has 10 times as many posts as me. School keeps me way to busy to get on here as much as I would like...this is only my 250th post literally EDIT: scratch that a thread I posted in a few times got deleted because of a troll, now I'm at 246 :(
     
  10. Nrwrit3r macrumors 6502a

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    Why was he banned
     
  11. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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  12. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    We can tell, your profile says so.

    I can't say.
     
  13. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I certainly enjoyed reading what he had to say :)
     
  14. mackmgg macrumors 65816

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    Wow, he was banned almost a year ago, has had no activity since then, and still has over 11 posts per day
     
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Yet not enough to come to his defense when the time called.
     
  16. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I wasn't aware that there was a resistance to his banning. That was before I found the forum spy (I just found it at the beginning of this year). What went down?
     
  17. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Nothing other than a few pleading the case to the mods.... we couldn't make an all out forum war, we'd loose that oviously.
     
  18. kmpoboy2 macrumors 6502

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    IMHO, i think AT&T will charge for video call even if you have unlimited data. I think that it's the only way to keep overloading the network. That way only people that are willing to pay will use it.
     
  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i didnt realize this robot avatar "game" extended to non demigods.....looking at you appleguy...lol
     
  20. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I didn't even know that it had anything to do with Demi-Gods. I just saw a bunch of people with his avatar and thought that I would do it too. I'll change it if you wish. ;)
     
  21. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I got confused there for a sec :D
    I only got used to seeing that avatar under Jav's handle.
     
  22. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Haha I don't mind but I do think it started as a demi-god game as they do this every now and then
     
  23. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    It ain't a game, I checked.

    It has been given to me as a priviledge of his Master Tallest Skil. Which is why only I have handled and wielded it. However, in the month of his banishment, it is imperative others use it to conmemorate his departure and show respect to him. Hence, everyone is using it.
     
  24. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    I'm gonna try to get my 500 posts before the year anniversary of his banning and put my avatar as that because I really did enjoy his information and his sense of humor and bluntness.
     
  25. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    Leave us out to dry?!?!? Nonsense. I have unlimited and I tether!
    Shhh. Don't tell them I'm using HandyLight :rolleyes:
     

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