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Verizon Wants 3G Facetime to Only Work With Tiered Data Plans

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When iOS 5 launches, Facetime calls over 3G will be possible. But according to 9to5mac's sources, Verizon only wants 3G Facetime available to users who have tiered data plans, not unlimited ones. Apple doesn't like this.

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Apparently Apple wants 3G Facetime available to all iPhone users as part of a uniform experience. But Verizon is arguing against that to limit the flood of video traffic on their network. If users have limited bandwidth, they won't waste as much of it on Facetime, and Verizon worries less about their service faltering. This could also just be a ploy by Verizon to get people to move away from their unlimited plans when its time to upgrade their phones (though I wonder how many people will regularly use Facetime, even with 3G). But regardless, it seems the two companies can't agree to terms, and it could hold up the release of the feature when Apple makes it available this Fall. [9to5mac]

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MichaelScrip
Michael Scrip

Verizon offered unlimited plans back when the most popular smartphone was a Blackberry. And it was next to impossible to rack up huge data on a Blackberry (I still have one)

So Verizon got caught with their pants down when the Droid and other data-sucking phones came out... which ended up forcing them to cap their data.

But here's the thing... it's only what.... like 2% of people that gobble down huge amounts of data? The rest of their customers only gently sip data.

But imagine if EVERY SINGLE smartphone customer used all 2GB of their data now... would that cause the network to melt down?

Probably not.