News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 13, 2012.
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Though AT&T has already confirmed that it will require customers to switch to a Mobile Share plan in order to use FaceTime over cellular in the Apple iPhone 5, it's two biggest rivals have stated they will not force customers to pay extra or alter their existing plans to use it. In Sprint's announcement for the iPhone 5, CEO Dan Hesse said, "...We are proud to offer Truly Unlimited data to iPhone customers so they can enjoy everything iPhone 5 has to offer on our 4G LTE network." Keeping with the theme of Sprint's Truly Unlimited data plan, Apple's new feature that allows users to place video calls over a 3G or 4G connection will not cost extra on Sprint.
Verizon Wireless also confirmed that it will not charge for FaceTime over cellular. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will support the iPhone video calling feature without any interference. Though the carrier will not subsidize iPhone purchases unless customers sign up for a Share Everything plan, it will not block FaceTime for existing users or new customers who stay within their data allowance. That leaves AT&T as the only U.S. carrier to put stipulations on FaceTime usage.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.