AT&T to enable FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

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  • Reply 21 of 48
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    flaneur wrote: »
    Then the next question is how much data FaceTime uses typically. It's hardly streaming video, just ok frame rate, barely. But much better than no video.

    From what I can find on the nets (but haven't verified) is that FaceTime is 15fps at 3MB per minute which translates to a data rate of about 410Kbps. Not too much but something one might want to be aware of if they use it a lot.

    Note that included two-way communication which is very low. I assume it uses AAC-LD for the audio. To figure out the data I would use both a 32 and 64Kbps for each direction. That leaves 378 and 346Kbps for video, respectively. Divide that by 15 and then by 8 to get the size of image still in Kiobytes which comes out to about 3 KB. Does that seem? Seems awful low to me.
  • Reply 22 of 48
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,684member

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    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    They probably have a 100 million iPhone 4's on their network. They might add it eventually if they determine the usage is low enough viz the load isn't too high, but I wouldn't count on it. I just hope they are also using QoS for FaceTime traffic.




    However, AT&T is saying the issue is with Apple, not AT&T.  While AT&T may not have 100 million iP5 on their network, they're going to still have tens of millions of iP5 anyways.



    They are making it sound like its a hardware/software issue and not a cellular issue with the iP4. 

  • Reply 23 of 48

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    From what I can find on the nets (but haven't verified) is that FaceTime is 15fps at 3MB per minute which translates to a data rate of about 410Kbps. Not too much but something one might want to be aware of if they use it a lot.



    Note that included two-way communication which is very low. I assume it uses AAC-LD for the audio. To figure out the data I would use both a 32 and 64Kbps for each direction. That leaves 378 and 346Kbps for video, respectively. Divide that by 15 and then by 8 to get the size of image still in Kiobytes which comes out to about 3 KB. Does that seem? Seems awful low to me.


     


    I would love some hard data on what it uses both on wi-fi and 3G (if there is any difference).  Mainly on wi-fi though.  My parents have their iPad on wi-fi but their ISP only allows 3GB per month (it's a wireless modem, rural area) so they are scared of using too much FaceTime and getting big overage charges.  Result...they basically never use it out of fear of big bills.  I'd love to be able to do some rough math and tell them how much they could reasonably FaceTime per month while still allowing for their other internet usage amounts.  


     


    Any relevant data is appreciated!

  • Reply 24 of 48
    cash907cash907 Posts: 893member

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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post





    FaceTime over cellular will not come to older devices such as the iPhone 4 or second-generation iPad, even if they are running iOS 6. But that's because the hardware does not support mobile FaceTime connections ? a decision made by Apple, not AT&T.



     


     


    Which is funny of them to say, seeing how FaceTime over Cellular can be enabled on BOTH with a free jailbreak app.


    Why must companies lie to users like this? Do they think we're just stupid, or do they forget the internet exists?

  • Reply 25 of 48
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    sflocal wrote: »

    However, AT&T is saying the issue is with Apple, not AT&T.  While AT&T may not have 100 million iP5 on their network, they're going to still have tens of millions of iP5 anyways.


    They are making it sound like its a hardware/software issue and not a cellular issue with the iP4. 

    I thought it could be enabled with a carrier profile update but there might be some HW on the ASIC that enables the service to be more streamlined. Even if there were more iPhone 5's on the network than iPhone 4's it's still a cumulative number. When they add up the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and cellular enable iPads the number might be high enough that adding all the iPhone 4's would be too much of a risk. At any rate they would surely know these values an would need to figure out the likelihood and times this service is being utilized to make sure the system can handle this priority data. They might even only figure for certain days that are heavily, like Christmas and Mother's Day, not the average day of the year, but it's a "weakest link" scenario.
  • Reply 26 of 48
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    cash907 wrote: »
    Which is funny of them to say, seeing how FaceTime over Cellular can be enabled on BOTH with a free jailbreak app.
    Why must companies lie to users like this? Do they think we're just stupid, or do they forget the internet exists?

    You mean like how the original iPhone's camera could support video through a jailbreak app that took photos at about 10fps. A more sensible individual would couldn't more than what is technically capable with a hack.
  • Reply 27 of 48

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    Originally Posted by GQB View Post



    Bottom line is that whether we all go to 3GB or to the shared data plan, ALL options result in a big RAISE in our monthly bill.

    Absolutely insane! And Verizon is no better.



    Where it up to me, I'd be switching to a 'load-as-you-go' stupid phone and a decked out iPad mini.


     


    You might want to see if T-Mobile offers iPhone compatible 3G in your area.


     


    I left AT&T and my "unlimited" plan because for the same price as you pay for data-only, alone, T-Mobile gives me: Unlimited data (Throttled after 5GB), Unlimited text and 100 minutes call time. $30/mo total, nothing else.



    For $70/mo -- Unlimited data (no throttle), Unlimited Text, Unlimited calls.



    I get 5-6 meg down and 2-4 meg up on my iPhone 4. Only thing I otherwise give up, at the present time, is visual voice mail.



    Unfortunately, they don't offer iPhone compatible 3G everywhere -- they're adding more often enough and rumor / macrumor has it they'll launch LTE and / or sell iPhone themselves early this year.

  • Reply 28 of 48
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,157member
    wubbus wrote: »
    I would love some hard data on what it uses both on wi-fi and 3G (if there is any difference).  Mainly on wi-fi though.  My parents have their iPad on wi-fi but their ISP only allows 3GB per month (it's a wireless modem, rural area) so they are scared of using too much FaceTime and getting big overage charges.  Result...they basically never use it out of fear of big bills.  I'd love to be able to do some rough math and tell them how much they could reasonably FaceTime per month while still allowing for their other internet usage amounts.  

    Any relevant data is appreciated!

    My call log shows 15MB per minute for WiFi FaceTime and ~3MB per minute over LTE. You can check how much data a FaceTime call used by going to your calls log.
  • Reply 29 of 48
    cash907cash907 Posts: 893member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    You mean like how the original iPhone's camera could support video through a jailbreak app that took photos at about 10fps. A more sensible individual would couldn't more than what is technically capable with a hack.


     


    No, I mean how it can be enabled to perform exactly the SAME as the 4S. There were several side by side comparisons showing performance was identical on both handsets.


    Besides, FaceTime on the iPhone 4 doesn't adjust it's quality based on the strength/speed of the connection, which may be why AT&T doesn't want it using cellular data. It either works or it doesn't, depending on the whether or not it's data connection (cellular or wifi) meets it's minimum requirements. It also doesn't matter if it is connecting over cellular or WiFi, as the program behaves the same regardless of modem used. The only thing the "hack" does is fool the process trigger that asks the phone "am I connected to wifi?" into replying "Yes" whether it is or isn't. Otherwise the function and performance of the app is left unchanged. Huge difference from the example you gave.

  • Reply 30 of 48

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    Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post





    My call log shows 15MB per minute for WiFi FaceTime and ~3MB per minute over LTE. You can check how much data a FaceTime call used by going to your calls log.


    Thanks for the tip.

  • Reply 31 of 48

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    Originally Posted by LarryA View Post





    I think it's less to incentivize people to move off of unlimited plans, and more to simply make additional money from tiered customers. All the new plans are limited. Why not give those users every opportunity to incur extra data charges? There is no such opportunity with unlimited data plans.


    They want to do both. They want to turn grandfathered unlimited subscribers into tiered subscribers so they can charge for more data. They also would like to get more data usage out of tiered subscribers by offering Facetime and over cellular and other tiered-exclusive goodies to those tiered subscribers.


     


    As it currently stands, ATT cannot force anyone out of unlimited; they can only deny features and services with perceived value (like FT) to everyone except the grandfathered subscribers to induce those unlimited subscribers to switch to tiered.


     


    I guess you could see it as an incentive or as a punishment. Either way, ATT wants every unlimited subscriber on their network eventually to move to tiered and for tiered subscribers to move to ever more expensive tiered data plans.

  • Reply 32 of 48
    NIce job, AT&T. Another nudge to get grandfathered customers off their unlimited data plans.

    You guys are a real piece of work.
  • Reply 33 of 48
    sdw2001 wrote: »
    Wait...so since I've grandfathered in to unlimited data, it doesn't work for me?

    Sure it will. Just jailbreak.

    It also works on the iPhone 4, lies about hardware not being capable notwithstanding.
  • Reply 34 of 48
    This is old news
  • Reply 35 of 48
    mactoidmactoid Posts: 112member
    I've been an AT&T customer since before the first iPhone was released, and have been a loyal customer ever since. But, AT&T continues to take a steaming dump on my loyalty.

    When I decide to give up my grandfathered AT&T data plan, I'm going to time it with a new iPhone and make a jump to another carrier. If they are not going to appreciate my customer loyalty, I'll no longer be loyal.
  • Reply 36 of 48
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    carthusia wrote: »
    As it currently stands, ATT cannot force anyone out of unlimited

    Sure they can. Even if you have a contract for Unlimited (which I don't think anyone does at this point) they could have changed the plan at any time but you'd also no longer be required to pay any ETF if you left. With the contract over and I think all user of Unlimited plans going month-to-month they could change it at any time they wish.
  • Reply 37 of 48
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,486member

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    Originally Posted by Curtis Hannah View Post



    This is old news


     


    Not really. The last time we saw this headline it was about FaceTime for shared data plans only. This is for tiered plans, a much broader audience.

     

  • Reply 38 of 48
    galleygalley Posts: 971member
    gqb wrote: »

    Where it up to me, I'd be switching to a 'load-as-you-go' stupid phone and a decked out iPad mini.

    I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I barely use 100 minutes of call time, and perhaps 300 MB of data on my iPhone 5 every month. I could transfer my unlimited iPad data plan to the mini.
  • Reply 39 of 48
    That's odd... I seem to remember FT working just fine over AT&T's cellular network on a certian JB'd iP4... So sorry, AT&T, I call B/S!!
    FT has worked on AT&T's precious cellular network from the day the iP4 was released... Or, so I've heard...
    ;-P
  • Reply 40 of 48
    WOW -- so once again, their most loyal and long term customers get the short end of the deal.
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