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AT&T CEO: it is "too early" to talk about charging for FaceTime over Cellular

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Yesterday we reported that AT&T might charge its subscribers for using FaceTime over 3G or 4G once the feature becomes available with the introduction of iOS 6. The evidence in support of that claim was an error message found in a beta version of iOS 6.

Aparently, these rumors have reached AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who agreed to comment on them during his speech at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. He stated that "it’s too early to talk about pricing", which is far less vague than the "we’ll share more information with our customers as it becomes available" response from yesterday, yet still leaves questions unanswered.

Does AT&T really intend to charge for FaceTime over Cellular, and it is just not certain what the rate would be? We can only speculate on that, but when you think about it, charging for FaceTime over 3G/4G makes sense from a carrier's standpoint. After all, tests have shown that the service sucks about 3 megabytes of data per minute, and that figure might go up should those predictions of an HD front-facing camera on the next iPhone come to pass. 

So what do you, guys and girls, think? Would you pay AT&T to use FaceTime over Cellular, as long as the rate is reasonable, or would you much rather consider switching to an alternative VoIP application? Let us know by dropping a comment.

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posted on 18 Jul 2012, 00:03 4

1. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Mind as well Skype video call instead if this is true.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 00:07 9

2. theCatholicRebel (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


We already pay for the data plan... why the hell should we pay more on top of that?

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 00:54 5

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"why the hell should we pay more on top of that?"

Because AT&T is a pig? Got to cover the T-Mo break-up fee somehow.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 00:49 2

3. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


I doubt Apple will let them charge for it. It would push people towards alternatives such as Skype or fring.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 01:08 4

5. centuro1911 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Next they're going to charge you when you turn your phone on. And every time you pull it out of your pocket.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 03:04 3

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You neglected to mention the disconnect fee that will apply when you turn your phone off. It takes resources to manage all of those simultaneous disconnects.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 02:29 3

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You're already paying for the data so it's bs to double charge you basically

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 13:04

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Exactly! It's just another BIG corporation raping their customers for no reason. So it's double data charge when doing Face Time. REAL SMOOTH AT&T, REAL SMOOTH! :-(

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 07:23 1

8. Aeires (unregistered)


"It's too early" is another way of saying "it's coming, get ready."

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 07:33 2

9. dcgore (Posts: 204; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


I don't think this is going to fly, people will NOT let this happen. If i were at&t i'd be smart and say, think of how many people will go over their data limit by using facetime. Most likely bringing more money in than by charging a fee and people opting for going to starbucks or something to get wifi.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 21:29

11. aikonix (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


so all these people who are saying "dont do it" or "we already pay for data!!" like seriously?!? a business will do what people demand and put a pricetag on that and people will pay. Mobile Hotspot for example, the phone comes with it as a default feature, the carriers see it as a money maker and slap a price tag on it and also as consumers dont realize that u can just go to the playstore and download Foxfi for free w/ NO ROOTING and still wireless tether for free! Carriers WILL charge a fee to run facetime over 3g/4g as it is made for a wifi feature.

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