Data on smartphone: extra charge (and can't opt out of it whether you want it or not)
Tethering: extra charge
and now Facetime over cellular network: extra charge?
I am so happy T-Mobile USA is still T-Mobile USA.
Voice only Sprint still works not only for me, but also for the rest of my family. Won't pay for an XM Radio subscription either. Hit the road w/a custom burnt spindle of MP3 CDs.
You could always get around this limitation with a jailbreak.
Let's face it, it is all about the network. Verizon has the best 4G LTE hands down, and they're on their way to mounting a can on your roof and providing you your cable, internet, and phone that way. They also just jacked anybody who's by themselves by $20/mo., and capped their data at 1 gb. It's good to be king.
Well, we're grandfathered and I understand they want to remove those as well. My wife and I plan on pushing the razr maxx and galaxy S3 to the ends of their useful life. We just wanted to be 4G before the plans all changed on 6/28.
It's a shame that the unlimited data plans are going the way of the dodo.
Remember, this is something in iOS 6, which isn't quite out yet -- there may be a (slight) chance AT&T will listen to which way the wind is blowing on this one. (Not a very big chance, but you never know.)
AT&T is top worst customer service/consumer complain/over-charged for many many consecutive years.
This sorts of things is possible because of the cooperation between Apple and AT&T. Otherwise, it would just be a flow of data over the internet.
Skype on Android/Verizon had a "Mobile" version awhile back that didn't allow to go over the 3G so that Verizon can charge you the communication when not over WiFi. Eventually, Skype released a version without that restriction and now you can (video-)call over WiFi or 3G and Verizon doesn't get any extra (other that data fees on non-unlimited plans.)
So until (and I bet it will eventually happen) the phone providers find a way to control Skype, and if Apple persists into playing AT&T game (and Verizon's, and etc.) with Facetime, Skype might be a better deal. Isn't Skype also available for iOS? Don't you love choices without the control of a single company....
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