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.