Dom Esposito, July 18, 2012
FaceTime over cellular has been the talk of the town this week. Initially it appeared that AT&T would charge for the “native” iOS 6 feature, and the CEO was no help when questioned about the rumors. While it’s unclear whether or not AT&T will charge for the feature, Sprint says no way. In a statement made to The Wall Street Journal, Sprint made their plans very clear.
Sprint Nextel Corp., which still offers unlimited data to new and existing users on its network, said it has no plans to erect pricing barriers to FaceTime.
“We are committed to our unlimited data and that means not charging for data consumption based on the application,” a spokeswoman said.
So that’s all good news, but what about Verizon? Seems that the carrier is still in limbo over the idea. In a statement to GottaBeMobile, Verizon neither confirmed nor denied charging for FaceTime over cellular, stating the early discussions are “premature.”
According to Verizon:
The timing of any pricing conversations related to future versions of iOS is premature.
Seriously? Premature… The feature is HERE and already implemented. It’s not going to change in any way. I don’t understand why it’s so incredibly hard for these carriers to get their act together. Either you’re going to charge us for it, or you’re not. What’s so difficult to figure out? So far it looks like Sprint is the only one who’s playing ball.
Why do you think carriers are so greedy? It’s really starting to get annoying…Follow @macgasm