Sprint Will Offer Free FaceTime on 3G

Source: Apple FaceTime on iOS | Apple

Following yesterday’s news that AT&T might charge users for FaceTime over 3G networks, Sprint said they will offer the feature for free. This offer will be effective when Apple launches its upcoming mobile operating system.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, a representative of the Kansas-based telcos confirmed that Sprint would keep their unlimited model. In addition, it is expected to offer the FaceTime on 3G for free.

We are committed to our unlimited data and that means not charging for data consumption based on the application.

FaceTime on 3G Speculations

The issue of charging carrier subscribers for using FaceTime on 3G surfaced yesterday, after the release of iOS 6 beta 3.

Owners of iPhone 4S, which runs on the latest beta of iOS 6, have encountered an error message whenever they try to access FaceTime video chat over 3G. The error message reads: “To enable FaceTime over cellular on this account, contact AT&T at 611.”

The error message first appeared with this week’s release of iOS 6 beta 3. It shows up when a user attempts to enable FaceTime over 3G on AT&T network. Because of this, some users speculate that carriers might charge them for using 3G FaceTime.

AT&T declined to comment about the issue. However, they released a statement saying that they are “working closely with Apple on the new developer build” and promised that they will release more information as it becomes available.

In addition, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson admitted that he heard the rumors about the FaceTime on 3G. However, he pointed out that the company doesn’t have any decision yet, and that it is “too early” to talk about such fees.

New Email Addresses

Prior to this, it was reported that existing iCloud users will have the new iCloud email address. This will be based on the user’s AppleID account name, and it will be effective once the upcoming mobile OS is released later this year.

Meanwhile, a subscriber of UK-based telcos O2 inquired its customer support with regards to 3G FaceTime. According to an online representative, the feature will be included in the data allowance for iPhone users.

Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the United States, is also yet to comment on the issue, although they announced in May that they would be terminating unlimited data plans as soon as the network switches to 4G LTE.

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