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Verizon rumored wanting to limit FaceTime 3G to capped plans

updated 08:55 am EDT, Fri July 29, 2011

Verizon may hold up FaceTime on 3G

Verizon may be obstructing the adoption of FaceTime on 3G based on attempts to force more users into its capped data plans. Although the FaceTime experience on 3G is said to be working well, Apple and the carrier are believed in a dispute over which Verizon users are allowed to get access. Apple is said by 9to5 to want everyone to have access, but Verizon supposedly wants only those on limited tiers to get the video calling feature away from Wi-Fi.

The Verizon argument reportedly centers on limiting the overall consumption, which it fears could go overboard if unlimited users signed on. Questions exist over whether that's necessary, since only legacy customers will qualify and thus leave a smaller subset of owners with unrestricted access. Many apps consume as much or more than FaceTime as well and render the argument somewhat moot.

No matter the solution, the call quality is "fairly good," according to those who've tried it. In spite of the reduced bandwidth of Verizon's 3G, an improved FaceTime infrastructure has kept up much of the quality.

Apple is known to have flags in iOS 5 that would let it selectively enable FaceTime 3G depending on the carrier, and it may follow a pattern similar to those for tethering and other features on AT&T. Many carrier-dependent features have often been available immediately in most other countries outside of the US but have often been stalled in the US due to much more conservative policies.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is anyone surprised?


  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The iPhone revolution caught the carriers with their pants down around their knees. All of their obscenely paid CEO's and crystal ball gazers didn't see it coming. Their dinosaur applecart was turned upside down. So because of their failure they have decided to stifle innovation and the adoption of technology until they are damn good and ready to build out their networks.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    forcing poor people to have 25 %APR while...

    the rich people get 0% APR.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here's a thought...

    ...stop offering what you can't deliver. If you can't deliver unlimited, then don't offer unlimited.

  1. facebook_Masaru

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    Joined: Jul 2011


    It's all about $$$

    As the post notes, the restriction would be limited to legacy users. The reason seems obvious: "encourage" the unlimited users to move to tiered data, which is more profitable for Verizon. After all, it can charge overage fees if necessary, perfect for those using FaceTime, right?

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