AT&T ( ATT) and Verizon encourage customers iPhone 5

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

As pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 5 get set to begin Saturday, ATT and Verizon have both taken actions to get clients to join for their new distributed information programs.

Both U.S. providers presented new distributed information programs -- known as Discuss Everything for Verizon and Cellular Discuss for ATT -- a few months ago, and they've been forcing them on clients since they released last 30 days.

Now new clients who buy the iPhone 5 from Verizon will have to get the organization's Shared Everything strategy. They don't have a choice.

As for present Verizon clients, they can choose to remain on their present strategy or change to Discuss Everything. However, if they don't change they won't get the iPhone 5 at its $199 sponsored cost. Neither The apple company nor Verizon have declared the iPhone 5's top dollar, but it could be over $600.

Meanwhile, ATT will offer the phone at its sponsored cost regardless of the strategy you have as long as you accept a two-year agreement. But ATT will source one of the iPhone's new functions only for Cellular Discuss clients.

That function is mobile FaceTime, which allows customers to make movie phone calls on their iPhones over 3G or 4G systems. WiFi FaceTime phone calls, which have been available since 2010, will still be permitted, but mobile FaceTime will be available only to Cellular Discuss clients.

Sprint and Verizon have no programs to limit mobile FaceTime phone calls.