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  • AT&T CEO: It's "Too Early" to Talk About 3G FaceTime Fees


    Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s Chief Executive Officer, recently responded to the rumors circulating about the wireless carrier charging a data fee for customers using Apple’s upcoming over-the-air FaceTime feature on its network. He said that he has “heard the same rumor” and that while his company was working with Apple to get the technology stabilized, “it’s too early to talk about pricing.”

    Stephenson was also asked about the possible pricing plan that would involve app developers to pay for their customers’ data plans through direct payments or ad revenue. The CEO ended up stating that the situation is similar to that of a “1-800” toll free phone number and noted that some mobile content providers have shown interest in such a system regardless.

    It should be noted here though that the AT&T chief recently bemoaned the company’s original plan to offer an unlimited data plan to iPhone users. He said that the business model keeps him “awake at night worrying.” The CEO seems to be interested in leveraging the consumer’s desire to FaceTime over the cellular network, a gesture that is completely opposite from AT&T’s previous stance in the matter.

    As of right now, nothing has been discovered regarding the issue on other carriers (such as Sprint and Verizon). For now, those of you who are on AT&T will have to wait and see what ends up happening as iOS 6 comes closer or If AT&T makes an announcement regarding the matter.

    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T CEO: It's "Too Early" to Talk About 3G FaceTime Fees started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Great picture, there should be a caption contest for it, like " this is how we at AT&T F our customers in the A."
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by hadzo View Post
      Starting with my self I can't believe, we as top of the food chain creatures stoop down to all of this recent smart phone price increase and plan changes. I just cant believe the amount of people (including my self!) that pay these pricks for a service that on individual level cost just a fraction of what your're charge by the carrier. This smart phone disease is getting crazy.

      My contract expires by the end of this month... I am planning on just getting a simple phone and turning my iPhone into more or less ipod on steroids.

      People really need to wake up and realize that the reason they are shoving it up our ars so hard is because we apparently love it.
      Ever since AT&T took away my unlimited data I said what the hell with them. Now I pay $50 a month for unlimited everything on my Nokia E6/N9. (Insider)