1. Fausty82's Avatar
    Open Internet groups to file FCC complaint over AT&T FaceTime blocking | 9to5Mac

    This could get interesting... AT&T says it doesn't apply because it's a pre-loaded app...
    09-18-2012 10:29 AM
  2. jclisenby's Avatar
    I think they will change their mind eventually. This is just a carrier bullying customers because it can. Reminds me of lots of episodes like this in the past. Locking the gps on phones was a big one and we see how that turned out for carriers.
    09-18-2012 10:45 AM
  3. Exxod's Avatar
    Well, here's to hoping it works.
    All I need now is the option to tether without having to pay $50 a month.
    09-18-2012 10:49 AM
  4. iMassguy's Avatar
    I think it they should allow FaceTime and just have it count against the monthly data plan. AT&T throttles data at 3 or 5 gig depending on the phone so it's just like streaming music or watching movies. Let people use their data how they want to.
    09-18-2012 10:54 AM
  5. Exxod's Avatar
    Let people use their data how they want to.
    And therein lies the key phrase, their data. We pay for the gigs, shouldn't we be able to use it for what we want? (the same holds true for tethering...) Besides, it's really no different from any streaming service, so there really is no legitimate reason why it should be blocked for those who are not on a shared/family/or-whatever-the-heck-they-call-it plan.
    09-18-2012 11:33 AM
  6. Beezzy's Avatar
    Thats why I went to Verizon cause of this crap. At&t Nickel and Dime there customers for everything.
    09-18-2012 11:46 AM
  7. pogeypre's Avatar
    This is the thing that pisses me off about data plans.... you should be able to use your data however you wish. If I want to have every device run off my hotspot, I should be able to. I pay for data.... how I use it is of zero consequence to ATT.
    09-18-2012 11:48 AM
  8. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I certainly hope this changes, i remember reading about it when the Facetime over cellular first came to the net earlier this year and AT&T immediately jumped out with this. It's complete BS, and just a way to get people to switch over to their less optimal data plans so they make money and we go over our limits every month.
    09-18-2012 11:50 AM
  9. iMassguy's Avatar
    But we can use programs like Skype and there is no issue. That's not right!
    09-18-2012 04:04 PM
  10. Exxod's Avatar
    But we can use programs like Skype and there is no issue. That's not right!
    Exactly! AT&T is way out of bounds on this issue.
    09-18-2012 04:07 PM
  11. Wolf Cookie's Avatar
    I would have to say "+1" on this issue. However, I'm not holding my breath that AT&T will change their position, regardless of all the negative stuff on the web.
    09-18-2012 04:11 PM
  12. mc511#CB's Avatar
    I never had the need to be on face time once if ever. I don't know many people who do outside their house even. I'd rather use Skype which is more open across all platforms. That everyone can use.

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    09-18-2012 04:27 PM
  13. Exxod's Avatar
    I never had the need to be on face time once if ever. I don't know many people who do outside their house even. I'd rather use Skype which is more open across all platforms. That everyone can use.
    It's the principle of the matter.
    09-18-2012 04:39 PM
  14. iMassguy's Avatar
    I haven't used FaceTime on my iPad yet. Can that only be used with WiFi or, is it all set because it has a separate data plan?
    09-18-2012 10:17 PM
  15. johndhynes's Avatar
    I've been using FaceTime over 3G for a long time. The main problem is that nobody else uses it, even when they can. If a lot more people were able to use FaceTime over cellular, then maybe a lot more would choose to do so. Skype works, but they have to have it turned on to call them. With FT, you can just call their number, if they're on an iPhone and it's enabled and they're on Wifi.

    Ironically, I will lose my FaceTime over cellular when I get the iPhone 5.
    09-18-2012 11:10 PM
  16. Redshirt's Avatar
    But we can use programs like Skype and there is no issue. That's not right!
    Shush, ixnay on the ypeSkay! You'll give them ideas. Isn't it Verizon that has the Skype variant that uses regular minutes for US calls (essentially skipping Skype)?
    09-19-2012 03:03 AM
  17. Redshirt's Avatar
    I've been using FaceTime over 3G for a long time. The main problem is that nobody else uses it, even when they can. If a lot more people were able to use FaceTime over cellular, then maybe a lot more would choose to do so. Skype works, but they have to have it turned on to call them. With FT, you can just call their number, if they're on an iPhone and it's enabled and they're on Wifi.

    Ironically, I will lose my FaceTime over cellular when I get the iPhone 5.
    Until Facetime is available on more platforms, it'll never be truly pervasive. Right now, you're limited to talking to people with iOS devices or Mac's. Growing, but still a small fraction of the available platforms out there. If they ever come out with Android and Windows version, then it'll start taking off and being a real competitor to Skype and the like.
    09-19-2012 03:08 AM
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