Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 allows FaceTime over a cellular data connection. Hooray! Great news. But, if you’re on AT&T, there’s a possibility the carrier could use the new feature as a way to charge users an extra fee. Uh…
A screenshot taken by 9to5Mac shows that, when first attempting to place a FaceTime call over AT&T’s 3G network, a prompt comes up encouraging the user to call the carrier in order to enable the feature. Of course, the screenshot never says, “Give us money if you want to use FaceTime.”
It’s just, when you consider that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other carriers charge iPhone customers to use Personal Hotspot, you can understand how it’s possible a fee might be incoming. Concurrently, Verizon’s network doesn’t seem to prompt the popup when enabling FaceTime over cellular, 9to5Mac said. That could still change, and the suggestion that AT&T might charge customers remains purely speculative at this point.
Here’s AT&T’s statement on the matter, which was provided to 9to5Mac:
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.
FaceTime will no doubt swill data at a rapid pace, so you can maybe, possibly see AT&T’s train of thought. It’s certainly not something customers will take in stride, however.