FaceTime and Data Plan Limitations

I may not fully understand this, so forgive me for this rant if I’m ill-informed.

I read today that one of the new features of the upcoming iOS 5 is the ability to make FaceTime calls over 3G. However, rumor has it that carriers may turn this service off out of data usage concerns.

Now, I find it frustrating that carriers can dictate the service I have and don’t have out of concern for data usage. I pay a pretty penny for my data plan and you’re telling me I’m not free to use it as I wish? If I use more than my allotment they get to bill me so why do they get to refuse specific services? It could potentially mean more revenue for them so why are they doing this?

Second, there are other identical services out there that do the same thing as FaceTime and they run over 3G. Will FaceTime be the straw that broke the camel’s back? I doubt it.

I’ve heard this argument applied to countless services before and it always frustrates me. Why do we pay for tiered data plans if the man gets to tell us how we can use every mb?

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