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AT&T CEO Makes Statement on FaceTime Over Cellular Rumors

At WWDC 2012, iOS 6 was announced with many new features, one being FaceTime over cellular. With this feature iOS 6 users without jailbreak would no longer need to have a WiFi connection to use FaceTime. Yesterday it was discovered that AT&T may not let this happen free of charge. AT&T’s CEO has commented on the rumors…

When attempting to enable FaceTime over cellular on an iOS 6 iPhone, a popup message would appear instructing the user to contact AT&T to enable the feature.

When initially questioned about FaceTime over cellular AT&T responded with the following statement:

“We’re working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS6 and we’ll share more information with our customers as it becomes available.”

Yesterday at the Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stage and the same topic was brought up in light of yesterday’s findings.

TechCrunch reports on the CEO’s comment:

“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.”

Basically that’s corporate talk for, “we haven’t figured out how much money we want from you.” AT&T has been horrible with customers when data is in the equation. There’s no clear word on what AT&T intends on doing with the matter. iOS 6 is still in beta so things may change as the next-generation mobile OS develops.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • Damion Trotter

    What’s funny is AT&T don’t realize that their service is not at all great. The only reason they had business was the iPhone was exclusive to them. Now that the iPhone has branched out most people are going to leave them and go to a new carrier. I have had 12 of my military friends leave AT&T for Sprint and Verizon when the 4s was made available. AT$T (notice how I spelled that) are going to fall off the grid and get bought out like Cellular One. First they throttle back my data service cause I’m one of the few who still have unlimited with them. Then they charge for tethering. Which is a feature in the phone itself. Now they trying to charge for FaceTime. AT$T looks for new features that are coming out with the latest iPhone and looks for ways to charge more money for something the phone already does. AT$T does not charge extra for Android phones that do the same thing. Seriously what contributions have AT$T made to the development of the iPhone?

  • Damion Trotter

    All have to do is let those features be available and just start charging for the overages like everyone else. Instead they are trying to be greedy and figure a way to get more money out of you.

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