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

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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.
"I've heard the same rumor," he said, insisting that for now, AT&T is focused on working with Apple to get the technology stabilized, so "it's too early to talk about pricing."
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
 

levitynyc

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Thats the problem!

THERE IS NOTHING TO DISCUSS!!!

DATA IS DATA!

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?
 

Helixc0de

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If I'm charged for FaceTime

If I'm charged extra for FaceTime I'm going to switch carriers. AT&T Sucks!
:apple:
 

hobo.hopkins

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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!
 

kniemann

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Supposing I decided to pay for it, it only makes sense if all my friends pay for it too. I need new friends :/
 

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Spectrum Abuser

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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.
 

Xenomorph

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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.
 

tranceme

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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.
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.
 

tranceme

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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.
You forgot the tax on top of being double charge too :eek:
 

wordoflife

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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.
 

Spectrum Abuser

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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.
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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