Skype free, FaceTime not

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ApplesAOranges, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. ApplesAOranges macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Why is Apple charging for FaceTime? Meanwhile Skype is for free.

    I call this a scam.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
  3. vincebio macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Snow Leopard + iWork + Facetime: £98.59
    Windows 7 + Office: £294

    It's included in Lion anyway.
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If it was a scam, why are they giving it away for free on the new MBPs?

    Anyhow, there's a front-page article on the reason why Apple charges for this on older Macs.
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I find it bizarre that Apple would charge for it in the App Store, but give it free with new Macs. Especially something as small as FaceTime.

    Since not many people I know use FaceTime, and there is no text chat I'll be sticking with good old skype.
  7. pelinca macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    skype works great, till lion gets released i'm not bothering with facetime
  8. PilotWoo macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
    Even then its probably not worth bothering with. Skype is multi-platform, Facetime isn't.
  9. iDisk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2010
    Menlo Park, CA
    it still is free dude.... just buy a new mac.

    I doubt 99cents is going to put your account in the negative.

    quite trolling and trying to cause havoc in the forums.
  10. tpr007 macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2007
    Hong Kong
    I've got a new MBP, which includes the facetime app.

    However, when I browse the Mac App store, I can still buy the facetime app. (Whereas other pre-installed apps show up as "installed")

  11. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    Seriously . . you have Apple computer which is not the cheapest on the planet and you are whining about 99cents for Facetime?? Get a life . . :rolleyes:
  12. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    iWork < Office
  13. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    I guess some of you guys haven´t heard about things called "opinions" and "principles".

    And by the way, I´m not losing any sleep over this. :p

    Just wondering why Apple has to nitpick charging for FaceTime when Skype is clearly better and free. Are they really counting on that million people will buy it and they will earn million dollars and not damage their reputation along the way?
  14. margib macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2010
    Charge is for accounting rules

    There are rules that determine how a company recognizes revenues and earnings if new features are added in certain cases. Since new macs advertise FaceTime as a feature it can be free. If Apple didn't charge the nominal fee now they might have to restate past earnings which would be a hassle.
  15. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Sounds like bunch of BS to me. Apple really knows how to ram it inside fanboy´s...
  16. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    I fail to see the logic in a system that considers FaceTime to be an update, but the Mac App Store isn't one.
  17. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Actually most accounting is BS. At least it looks like that but unfortunately it's necessary to keep the books in order. Especially when you are a publicly traded company that can get sued for stuff like this.

    If Apple wanted to rip off people they would charge $3.99 and still the same number of people would buy it.

    With $0.99 the make some 5 million dollar on it max. That's small change for them right now so I believe their explanation about the accounting rules.
  18. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    I guess they want the money back from the iPhone 4 screw up, the free bumpers remember. :p
  19. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    That would have cost them much more than what they would get from selling Facetime for 99c.
  20. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    Can Skpe actually call someone in multiple locations at once even when the app is closed on your phone/laptop/desktop? Didn't think so. Facetime finds you where ever you are and you don't have to have it running in the background.
  21. Awjvail macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    I laughed out loud at this post.

    "It's free... just buy a new mac!"
  22. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Yes, in opposite land.
  23. dknightd, Mar 6, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011

    dknightd macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2004
    my iphone doesn't do video on skype. neither does my wifes.
    why is that? our computers do video on skype. My grandkids live
    in a home without a mac, or, an iphone, so we use skpe for that.
    I suppose if I wanted to facetime my wife from my computer I'd pay .99c.
    But the iphone works well enough, and is easy to carry around.

    I wish there was standard that everybody used - maybesomeday -
    but not likely because everybody wants to do something different (I guess that is how things move forward) and somebody you want to talk with might want that different feature. The Buck Rogers video communication watch is not available yet, but, we are getting closer ;)

    edit: $.99 is probably about as close to free as you can get and still pay
    the bookkeeper and tax collector. Those people need to eat as well you know.
  24. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    I find that most people who use Mac use Microsoft Office. iWork, for me, is totally inadequate, and isn't worth the money.
  25. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    Mine does, and so do my computers.

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