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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...
07-18-2012, 01:41 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Akshay Masand; 07-18-2012 at 08:55 AM.
07-18-2012, 01:48 AM #2
Maybe they are finally hearing everyone complain and noticing people leaving to another carrier for service. Hopefully they are getting the picture finally! LOL :P
07-18-2012, 02:39 AM #3
07-18-2012, 04:27 AM #4
I call BS...AT&T is always tryin to make money. I'd be more surprised if they didn't charge for FaceTime. Makes me wonder though how he mentioned 3G and not 4G since the iPhone 5 is approaching...
07-18-2012, 05:34 AM #5
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07-18-2012, 07:14 AM #7
The JB community has had facetime on their phone pretty much since it was released. and apple knows what they are doing- I have tried numerous locations and facetime on 3g= the network is not fast enough. Apple released it for wifi only because facetime requires quite a bit of data and they new that the 3g network could not handle it. Truthfully skype for the iphone works much better. I used to use mywi to tether to my comp because I live in the middle of nowhere, I used it before att knew what the heck it was and now I can't use it. Apple knows that the JB community uses it, so now they will allow it so that att and apple can reap the benefits from it.
Last edited by icedming; 07-18-2012 at 07:16 AM.
07-18-2012, 07:36 AM #8
"Randall Stephenson, AT&Tís Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson".... huge sentence error there... you might want to correct it
07-18-2012, 08:12 AM #9
How is it legal to make people pay for the same data twice?
07-18-2012, 08:20 AM #10
Nice choice of pictures. Seriously, how apropro.
And of course they are not going to announce any price increases before it's time. If they announce it at the time of the new iPhone release more people will remain mentally commited to still buying from AT&T. If you give people time to acclimate to new pricing structures and time to do their homework (comparison shop pricing, customer service, etc) they would loose a (greater) percentage of customers.
07-18-2012, 08:52 AM #11
07-18-2012, 09:57 AM #12
If you ask me apple should just do away with all these carriers and spend money investing in an icarrier...
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07-18-2012, 10:41 AM #15
So he basically confirmed that there will be a price, he just says that it's too early to talk about what that price will end up being...
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07-18-2012, 02:58 PM #18
Great pic. Looks like he's showing us how far he is going to shove his new data plans up our *****.
07-18-2012, 03:22 PM #19
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.Hit the thanks button if I helped in any way
07-18-2012, 06:50 PM #20