AT&T CEO Acknowledges Rumors of Cellular FaceTime Charges, Says 'Too Early' to Discuss

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Following yesterday's discovery of a dialog box in the latest iOS 6 beta suggesting that AT&T users may be subject to restrictions or additional charges if they wish to use the FaceTime video calling feature over the carrier's cellular network, the company issued a brief statement simply acknowledging that it was working with Apple and that more information would be released in the future.

    TechCrunch now reports that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was specifically asked about the issue at Fortune's Brainstorm conference today, with Stephenson saying that it is simply "too early" to discuss how AT&T will handle FaceTime over cellular networks.
    Stephenson's comments certainly do not rule out the idea of additional charges for the feature, and it is even unclear what the carrier's timeline is for supporting it at all. AT&T has on several occasions delayed support of similar features such as tethering and iPad personal hotspot connectivity.

    In a separate report today from The Wall Street Journal, Sprint indicated that it will not be charging additional fees for cellular FaceTime usage, considering it part of the customer's existing data package. Verizon, the third major iPhone carrier in the United States, declined to comment on the issue.

    Article Link: AT&T CEO Acknowledges Rumors of Cellular FaceTime Charges, Says 'Too Early' to Discuss
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Not sure who would pay for Facetime over 4g. Talk about fragmenting a service.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
  4. macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2009
    UT (for the time being, cant leave soon enough)
    oh shut up Stephenson... it's my data, I will use it how the hell I want to.

    One more thing, improve your damn network man!
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2006
    Thats the problem!



    Whether I spend my limited 4GB of data using FaceTime or watching porn, how in the name of all that is holy does it affect AT&T?????

    Not to mention that I can tether my iPhone to my Macbook Air and use FaceTime for Mac without a problem.

    Do they realize how dumb they sound sometimes?
  6. macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2011
    If I'm charged for FaceTime

    If I'm charged extra for FaceTime I'm going to switch carriers. AT&T Sucks!
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    California, US
    So, I don't for Skype video. But, I might have to pay for FaceTime. Seems like something is off here.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    It's simply awful that a carrier can dictate how allotted data is used, and charge extra for certain activities. It makes absolutely no sense!
  9. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    California, US
    I agree. Double dipping is what I see here.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
    Supposing I decided to pay for it, it only makes sense if all my friends pay for it too. I need new friends :/
  11. Ozy
    macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2006
    Goodyear, AZ
  12. macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2011
    They named him Randall, it should have been Richard
  14. macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Wether AT&T decides to charge or not is yet to be determined, but if they do that will not make them an 'evil' company. Traditional voice and texting services are more rapidly being replaced and it's vital for AT&T and other carriers to innovate in order to protect their business. Data service revenue is what's going up. That's where the money is.
  15. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    California, US
    The funny thing is that it's going to barely work over their network. Yet, they will charge me anyway.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    All they are doing is charging users for features that don't need to be charged for.
  17. macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2012
    Austin, Texas
  18. macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    AT&T charges a fee when you sign up (even though they have you sign a contract as well).
    AT&T charges you for a data package, even if you don't want it.
    AT&T sets a very low monthly cap that you are able to use up in just a single day.
    AT&T can start charging overage fees within hours of your billing cycle starting.
    AT&T charges you again for the SAME DATA when another device connects through your phone.
    AT&T charges you again for the SAME DATA when you make a video call.

    You can get charged twice, three times, or maybe even four times for the same data they are already over-charging for.

    Soon, AT&T will charge an "Entertainment Extra" fee when you load your web browser.

    AT&T will charge a "Communications Fee" when you load email.

    This is what AT&T wants. Nickel and dimes. It all adds up. BILLIONS of dollars in profits just isn't enough.
  19. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    California, US
    Sure. Then I guess you don't see an issue with your home internet provider charging you an extra fee for video as well? Imagine paying for FaceTime on your mobile and ATT U-verse Internet.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2010
    Swoyersville, PA
    Since when is Verizon the third major US iPhone carrier?
  21. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    California, US
    You forgot the tax on top of being double charge too :eek:
  22. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Not if you're locked into a contract :\
  23. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I don't think this will pass.

    It's probably a publicity stunt to seem like the good guys by not charging for FaceTime 3G after hearing the "opinions" of it's customers, when in truth they probably weren't even going to charge for it.

    You still suck, AT&T.
  24. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
  25. macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Don't turn this around. Voice/Texting revenue has been on the decline and unless they adapt as a company to find new ways of profit then the business entity will fail. If home internet providers were threatened by a new product that somehow cut their revenue they would be sure to initiate new forms of cash flows.

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