AT&T Will Announce Shared Data Plans, Charging for FaceTime [Video]

AT&T Shared Data Plans

This specific video showcases a new pop-up dialogue box that interrupts you when you attempt to enable FaceTime over cellular in iOS 6 beta 3 Build 10A5355d Firmware.

Obviously, AT&T has a scheme inside works to pry more dollars off their iPhone customers. They are probably thinking of rebounding after receiving a hit on texts fees due to iMessage.

Take a glance as we demonstrate these differences between an AT&T iPhone 4S and a new Verizon iPad 3, when trying to enable FaceTime over cellular…

The AT&T iPhone 4S did not allow us enabling of FaceTime over cellular, but prompted us to contact AT&T via the website or phone. It is interesting that, when you follow the link they provide, you receive the message that they are “unable to process your transaction” right now. My guess is that message stems because the backend to address FaceTime account charges isn’t completely straight into place yet. This is a reasonable conclusion having in mind that iOS 6 is not released yet.

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FaceTime over Cellular Feature

It is quite interesting that this iOS 6 beta 3 firmware on the Verizon made it possible for iPad 3 features no similar pop-up window; you can quickly enable or disable FaceTime over cellular on the newest iPad on Big Red’s network. The truth is, what’s even more interesting is that FaceTime over cellular was enabled automatically on the video, but that’s probable just carryover because of the performed OTA update, and not a new install.

This isn’t to convey that Verizon won’t fee for FaceTime over cellular, but it’s a new surefire indication that AT&T is strongly pondering prospect. My opinion is it is less probable that Verizon is going to take this route since they gladly present Personal Hotspot usage for the new iPad without any cost.

Personally, I’m getting tired of carriers like AT&T charging their customers with every single waking chance. Nevertheless I can’t declare I’m surprised. You know that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is licking his chops at the thinking behind charging more for FaceTime usage from their network.

AT&T Mobility’s promoting chief David Christopher says:

Today we think of people’s smartphones and tablets sharing a bucket of data. But in the future we’ll see health care monitors, connected cars, security systems and other devices in the home all connected to the mobile Internet. Our Mobile Share plans are simple, easy and a great value for individuals or families with multiple mobile Internet devices.

Introduction to AT&T’s shared cellular data plans

AT&T Shared Wireless Data Plans
AT&T Shared Data Plans

What are your thoughts about this? Do you feel that AT&T is well in their jurisdiction to increase fees for their customers this way? Or they may be crossing the line with these actions?

| July 18, 2012 Related Topics: Application, iphone, news