Last time, we highlighted rumors circulating around the net, touching up on the potential charges applicable to the use of FaceTime over 3G networks. For this entry, we’ll be featuring AT&T’s official statement regarding the “issue”, to date.
Disclosed to have been “discovered” via error messages encountered in the beta version of the iOS 6, AT&T was quick to issue a response regarding the circulating rumors, with Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO, quoted to say “I’ve heard the same rumor. It’s too early to talk about pricing.”
Announced by then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2010, FaceTime is essentially a video telephone app, designed to work on iOS platforms and on computer systems driven by the Mac OS X (OSX 10.6.6 and higher versions).
As a combination software and hardware suite, FaceTime allows for real time video calls, a technology which can’t be described as anything new, but still bears an edge over traditional voice-only mobile calls.
When it was released, FaceTime worked with iDevices after the iPhone 4 generation (ie, with front or forward-facing cameras) and with Macs which came with the FaceTime Cam or the former iSight Cam.
As an app, FaceTime is often utilized by users via WiFi Access Points or dedicated wired internet connections (for Mac systems), and its performance capacity over a cellular network has long been yearned for since its debut.
Given its increased video call advantages, the idea of extra charges for FaceTime calls over 3G is one which many users aren’t really all that excited to hear about, especially now when the recent beta of the iOS 6 appears to say something about its user-charge eventuality.
As Stephenson had put it, we all will have to wait for further details regarding the matter, when they do become available.