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Verizon and Sprint users won’t need to switch to more expensive plans for FaceTime [updated]

Updated 4 years ago
Published Sep 13th, 2012 8:55AM EDT

We weren’t aware that people used FaceTime so frequently, but the tech world erupted recently when AT&T (T) confirmed that it planned to force customers into a new shared data plan in order to use FaceTime over cellular data connections. Major U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Wireless (VZ) and Sprint (S) will not need to worry about similar backlash as both have confirmed that FaceTime will be free for their iPhone-wielding subscribers. Of course, this was already known in both instances — Sprint confirmed the The Wall Street Journal back in July that it will offer the service for free, and BGR exclusively confirmed in August that Verizon will not charge its subscribers for FaceTime calling. iOS 6, which will bring FaceTime over cellular capabilities to U.S. iPhone users, becomes available on September 19th.

UPDATE: Regarding the statement in this headline noting that Verizon and Sprint subscribers will not have to switch to more expensive data plans to use FaceTime over cellular, an AT&T spokesperson contacted BGR via email to point out that the carrier’s new shared data plans often offer its customers a much greater value for their data needs.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.