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AT&T (Sort Of) Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular

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just something else to be worried about

Clyons

Aug 17, 2012, 6:31 PM
why would anyone with a tiered data plan even attempt to use facetime over cellular?
stick to wifi folks
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island-guy

Aug 17, 2012, 6:55 PM
How are FaceTime sessions charged? Do they show up as a separate data amounts?
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Tofuchong

Aug 17, 2012, 7:39 PM
It would most likely be included and deducted from the data that you have available to you. I'm sure that facetime uses a decent amount of network bandwidth. I bet at&t is grinning from ear to ear - force people to go on their shared plans just so they can use full functionality of their device, and make it unavailable to individual accounts.
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Vmac39

Aug 17, 2012, 8:42 PM
Actually, for some, the shared data plan might be a better deal. Considering the current family plans, it would be better to have the unlimited talk and text, with the increased data. I haven't compared my current plan with the actual shared data plan but, if the example ATT put on their site was any kind of indication, it would be better for my wife and I.

With 700 shared minutes, 2gigs of data for her and an unlimited but, capped data plan, I may consider it. Depends on what else is being offered by other carriers at the time I decide to upgrade.
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Versed

Aug 17, 2012, 10:13 PM
I have to see how it works out with my corporate discount, but to do health issues, we are using lots of voice minutes to keep in communication with family, doctors etc.... I have five smartphones with seperate data plans and very rarely if ever go near 2gb per phone. It just might pay for me to move to shared.
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Haggard

Aug 19, 2012, 8:33 AM
Since I find myself with 1 line, I find it crap that they want to charge me more for less. I currently have unlimited ($30) but is throttled at 3GB. For $10 more, I'd get 4GB. If my discount applies to that, then maybe it would be a good deal, but I don't think my discount applies.
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Jayshmay

Aug 18, 2012, 6:14 AM
LTE is capable of PLENTY of bandwidth! That is a known
fact.
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T Bone

Aug 18, 2012, 7:24 PM
And not only that, but currently at&t and Verizon both have LTE networks that are under-used...there's actually too few people on those networks, which is why at&t has actually been disabling the functionality on some of their LTE and HSPA+ phones to prevent people from being able to turn the 4G off....
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Jellz

Aug 19, 2012, 5:52 PM
That's kind of annoying. It's a function I'd like, mainly to save battery life when I'm actually not using the phone but would still like push notifications for email or Facebook while I'm out and about. For actual usage, say watching YouTube or something, I'd turn LTE back on of course.

I see the wisdom of trying to migrate people onto the faster network with more capacity, but not giving people the choice is a little inconvenient.
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T Bone

Aug 20, 2012, 10:05 AM
Yes, they are disabling it because they don't want people to use the congested 3G and 2G networks for data......and yes it does kill battery life.
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Tofuchong

Aug 20, 2012, 1:19 PM
Thats not what I meant. Obviously LTE can handle that. I meant that with facetime being allowed on cellular, and with a facetime call using a good amount of bandwidth, thats just another way for you to use up your data faster, and for the carrier to make more money when you have to upgrade your data plan.
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Haggard

Aug 20, 2012, 2:09 PM
you mean downgrade your data plan, right? Razz
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