Verizon says yes to FaceTime, but no to unlimited data

By , Sep 13, 2012

AT&T kickstarted some controversy last month when it announced that customers would have to switch to one of its Shared data plans to utilize iOS 6’s new FaceTime over Cellular feature.

But it looks like if this is a deal-breaker for you, you can head over to Verizon. The carrier has just confirmed that FaceTime over Cellular will work with any of its available data plans…

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Verizon Wireless is including use of Apple Inc.’s FaceTime video-calling feature over its cellular network on all of its data plans, as opposed to rival AT&T Inc.

The application has been available for use over Wi-Fi connections, but the latest version of Apple’s operating system will allow for use over cellular networks. All Verizon Wireless customers will be permitted to use the data-intensive application with no additional charges, including those remaining on unlimited data plans, according to a company spokeswoman.”

Unfortunately, there is an underlying caveat here. We’ve confirmed with Verizon that customers will not be allowed to keep their unlimited data plans when upgrading to the iPhone 5.

In fact, the only way to get an iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited plan with Verizon will be to buy one at full retail price. AT&T, for its part, has said that it will allow customers to keep their plans.

So it’s kind of a “six of one, half a dozen of the other” situation here. Both carriers have their drawbacks, and it’ll be interesting to see who fairs better this fall amidst all of the iPhone 5 frenzy.

What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/iG4M3R_iPr0 Ali shami

    What about the price for the unlocked?

    • Matthew Tanner

      My guess 750-900 range

    • klk809

      the unlocked version is the same price $649 + tax and is better than pay a full price with verizon and the phone will be lock to veriozon network..

  • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

    LOL – when everyone was dogging AT&T a few weeks ago when they were talking about limiting Facetime… I was telling everyone that Verizon is going to force you into shared data when you get a new smartphone so kiss your unlimited goodbye. So while I might have sounded like a raving madman at the time… I was right :]

    So can we start the Verizon Sucks rants now since that’s what everyone did with AT&T.

    • JaeM1llz

      It’s been known that Verizon would remove users who upgrade to an LTE phone from their unlimited data plans for months now. You didn’t sound like a madman, just someone who was repeating something that was already known.

      • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

        Only if you do not upgrade your phone. Once you get a new smart phone, you will lose your unlimited data.

      • JaeM1llz

        Nope, it’s only if you upgrade your phone. If you buy it at retail price your unlimited data plan stays in tact.

  • http://twitter.com/Zach_Krase Zach Krase

    when u say “In fact, the only way to get an iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited plan with Verizon will be to buy one at full retail price.” what do u mean?

    • Chliii

      They mean about $600 instead of the subsidized $199 2 year contract deal they offer.

  • http://twitter.com/unbeliever008 Jae. Just J.

    This article is kind of pointless. If you switch to Verizon from AT&T, you’re only allowed to switch to shared data, even if you pay full retail. So again, what’s the point. Unless you just want to switch for switch sake.

    • Me over here

      Exactly! The statement “it’ll be interesting to see who fairs better this fall,” holds no water, because the two sides presented in this article only apply to people who are already with either Verizon or AT&T, not new customers.

  • sylvan feghali

    hahaha , Take that Verizon users. as for the facetime usage I give a crap about it because i barely used with my jailbroken iphone even though i was able to use it on my 3G network before with 3g Unrestrictor. and GUESS what , with the jailbreak coming out Pretty soon”I hope” , AT&T users will be able to use facetime on their ” UNLIMITED DATA PLAN” but Jailbreak wont give you back your Unlimited data plan on Verizon, so Take that Verizon People , LOL

    • http://twitter.com/im_known_bro John

      Chill out hyper one. Drank too much coffee today?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cubanno2031 Adrian Rodriguez

    For this i am in straigh talk,facetime ulimited!!! Yea

  • Luis A

    You could also use a upgrade from a different line on your family plan then switch the phone over to the unlimited line. Verizon confirmed this as being another way of keeping unlimited data

    • matt

      So upgrade my wifes 4s to the 5 using my wifes shared plan and then take the 5 from her and move it my unlimited plan. She would then go back to the shared 4s plan?

      • http://www.facebook.com/luis.amezquita.5030 Luis Amezquita

        when you say your wifes shared plan? is she currently on unlimited or has she been switched over to the shared data plans? in any case, if you use her upgrade now that the unlimited option is gone her line would remain on whatever current data plan she is on, moving the new phone to your line would then grandfather your unlimited in, only way to loose unlimited data for now is to upgrade the current line with unlimited data, i have to wait till december to use a family members upgrade as verizon doesnt allow early upgrades to be used on iphones -__-… i hope i kinda answered your question.

  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    Mine carrier is about the same.They give LTE but drop the data from unlimited to just 2GB/3GB/5GB depend on price plans
    That make me not wanting to update the phone yet as I will lose my unlimited data plan then.So I will let it roll and will get the phone when contract expires

  • http://www.facebook.com/LethoeshatedadedicatedfatherGreen Keith Green

    I called Verizon yesterday. And they did say that I wud have to buy the iPhone 5 at full price ($650) to retain my unlimited data. But I was going to have to do that anyway cuz I have a 32gb 4S and not upgradable until feb. I will b selling my 4S on eBay. So afterwards I will only b coming out of pocket about $200. No problems here. I will b ordering mine tomorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    This is actually worse than AT&T! At least they give you the choice of unlimited data with no Facetime or shared data with it.

  • http://twitter.com/aomia syler

    T-Mobile is looking good right about now. att has pissed me off for the last time. i cant use my facetime over 3g and i cant use my mobile hotspot all b/c i still have unlimited data shit they already throttled my speed after 3gigs every month. if not for my jail break i would have left long ago.

  • Mr.X

    Buy phone full price with Verizon and jail break that shit. See if they can stop you then …. Lol

  • Mr.X

    Or upgrade through At&T and jailbreak to allow FT over cellular …..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.sepeda Shane Sepeda

    I’m actually leaving Verizon because of this.