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AT&T (T) once more provokes a consumer backlash by stating Apple's (AAPL) FaceTime...

AT&T (T) once more provokes a consumer backlash by stating Apple's (AAPL) FaceTime video-calling app can only be used over its network by users subscribed to a costly shared data plan. "Exceptionally hostile to net neutrality," declares The Verge. Perhaps it's fitting the move comes a day after BGR argued AT&T was more inept at PR than Verizon (VZ), in light of the latter's ability to win regulatory approval for its spectrum purchases, and the former's failure to do so for the T-Mobile acquisition.
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  • sawchain
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    AT&T should have no knowledge of the data you transmit over their network. Discriminating against particular network activity is equivalent to wiretapping.
    17 Aug 2012, 07:15 PM Reply Like
  • sawchain
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    Also, their so-called "unlimited" data plans are false advertising.
    17 Aug 2012, 07:40 PM Reply Like
  • BigJ1260
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    Wish Apple would just pull distribution away form them for the new phone and let VZ have all the upgrade business- then see how long they stick to this ridiculous and discriminatory policy.
    17 Aug 2012, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • ebeuu
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    personally, been paring down the T in my portfolio.
    The stock has been acting very poorly; with the headwinds like FB placing pressure on bystanders no need to hold onto companies that don't play nicely.
    17 Aug 2012, 08:50 PM Reply Like
  • LaVelaBoy
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    I don't like ATT any more than the next guy, but I really don't think they have a choice but to do what they're doing in order to keep network traffic at a manageable rate and to prevent the whole system from crashing.....cause that would cause a much greater uproar than restricting facetime to shared data subsribers.
    18 Aug 2012, 05:28 AM Reply Like
  • sethmcs
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    The internet has trained a whole generation to expect something for nothing. T stock recent gains came from backing away from AAPL and increasing margins. I like the fact that they own the toll road and even better they are raising the toll.
    18 Aug 2012, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • milehr
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    Both VZ and T will be choking on data, even after VZ gets its spectrum acquisition approval.
    18 Aug 2012, 10:47 AM Reply Like
  • Ronin.
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    no worries....AT&T will either reverse the decision, or they will pay in customer migration to Verizon....facetime is too important to substantially limit in that way.
    18 Aug 2012, 05:46 PM Reply Like
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