Would you pay to use FaceTime over 3G/4G/LTE?
Everyone with a smartphone is required to pay $30-$35 smartphone fee. Having said that, the ability to use FaceTime over cellular networks should be included in that price, in my opinion. If the wireless providers decide to charge customers an extra fee to use FaceTime over their networks, I will not pay. Although I do use FaceTime, I use it occasionally and usually when I'm at home so paying to use it over their networks wouldn't be smart on my part. I do not need to see the person I'm talking to so if I'm not near a Wi-Fi network to use FaceTime then I will either call the person or send a text message like I do now. By the way, if i had to to do a video chat of some sort, I could always use ooVoo for free. What about you?
Just Me, D
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- 07-18-2012, 10:56 AM #2
- 07-18-2012, 10:59 AM #3
Hell nooooooooooo..... Why the hell would I get a data plan for $60 a month only to pay MORE for using data i've already paid for?! If this ever happens to Rogers I will simply cancel my contract and just move on to another carrier. This is total BS.
- 07-18-2012, 11:27 AM #5
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- 07-18-2012, 03:12 PM #8
I agree with everyone here. We already pay up the wazoo for data, and if the big carriers (AT&T and Big Red) think they can charge for services such as FaceTime and iMessage (another rumor I read somewhere), they'll likely have many customers jumping ship to other carriers. I love Verizon's service, but it's bad enough they're charging PER PHONE for the "Share Everything" plan (as Rene documents in his piece) - how greedy can they be? Wait...don't answer that question.
- 07-18-2012, 03:32 PM #9
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Just Me, D
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- 07-18-2012, 04:32 PM #13
I am wondering what these service providers are thinking. Sure, they want to squeeze that last nickel out of each of us customers... but do they really think we will fall for this one en masse?
I know that when I was jailbroken back in the era of iOS 4.3.x, there was an app in cydia that allowed you to set a switch internally and use FaceTIme over 3G. It worked fairly well, and as far as I know, it didn't cripple AT&T's network. I can't imagine that that app is gone... and the worst case that I can see is that AT&T (and VZW and Sprint) crack down on that like they did/do with tethering apps.
However, when I did use that app, it was more of a novelty, as others have pointed out, there is a time and a place for video chat... a noisy pizza parlor or walking down the street are not it, IMHO.
No, I won't pay for it. I won't use it.
And while I'm at it, I'm gonna climb on another soapbox. If I have a data plan from my provider (and I do - we all do) that gives me XXX data, why does it matter HOW I use it? They screw us over on texting at the rate of "grab your ankles" per gigabyte for texting data (I've seen estimates as high as $150K/GB, but that seems ridiculously high)... yet when they collect our fees for unlimited data (or 2GB/month data), why should it matter HOW we use it? We bought it... shouldn't it be ours to use however we choose? Yes, even for tethering or FaceTime calls...
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- 07-18-2012, 04:33 PM #14
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- 07-18-2012, 09:19 PM #16
because of my personal lack of even using facetime i would " never " pay for this service if it were to be added. And the rare occasions that i do use face time its always over a wifi network speaking to friends or family in other countires.
- 07-18-2012, 10:05 PM #17
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- 07-19-2012, 08:30 AM #19
What am I paying for when I pay for my data plan? Its ridiculous how carriers are trying to strong arm their customers especially when the CEO comes out and states that he will charge for everything he can as long as he can get away with it. How does this build customer loyalty?
Verizon has been quiet on this whole thing ad while while Sprint came out and promised it wouldn't do that. How stupid can AT&T be? We're in a recession people!
Just Me, D
- 07-19-2012, 10:18 AM #21
- 07-19-2012, 11:09 AM #22
Heck to the naw!
Honestly, I rarely use Facetime but I sure as hell would never pay to use, then have it dock from my data plan on top of it. My question is this: Do any of the carriers charge Droid users for video chat that they currently have and adamantly advertise on TV? Or are they just picking on iPhone users because of the high subsidy costs? I would rather pay $50 more for an iPhone up front rather than get screwed down the line having to pay more for features I should have anyway, especially considering the new waive of limited data.
- 07-20-2012, 10:46 PM #23
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- 07-24-2012, 06:25 PM #25