Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 08:29 UTC
Apple "AT&T is defending its decision to limit the use of Apple's video chat feature, FaceTime, to its Mobile Share data plans by saying that the limitation does not violate the FCC's net neutrality rules. The company wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that some groups had 'another knee-jerk reaction' to AT&T's limitation, but the company argues that its decision meets all FCC requirements." You can expect Verizon to follow suit soon. Carriers don't do things like this unless they know the competition will tag along. This also happens to explain why Apple probably can't do much about it; if both Verizon and AT&T give FaceTime the boot like this, there's little Apple can do. For what it's worth - I'm happy The Netherlands (and Chile!) has unconditional net neutrality. This would not fly here, further illustrating the need for net neutrality.
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Who use facetime?
by spiderman on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 10:55 UTC
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Member since:
2008-10-23

Anyway, who use FaceTime?
I thought video chat was dead a decade ago and people were texting instead, and I thought FaceTime was a lesser video chat that only works between iPhones. WTF is AT&T limiting its use? Is there anybody using it seriously?

Edited 2012-08-23 11:01 UTC

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RE: Who use facetime?
by MOS6510 on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 11:56 in reply to "Who use facetime?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes, a number of people do. All of them employed by Apple working in the testing division and a few who make commercials.

I don't think video adds much to a call. If any it makes it harder to hear someone.

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RE[2]: Who use facetime?
by orfanum on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:16 in reply to "RE: Who use facetime?"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

It looks as though the fates have decreed we must always disagree with each other ;) I have relatives far, far away; FaceTime gives me a cheap, effective way via wireless of speaking to them and keeping that contact alive (well, it will do until the point at which I get my Galaxy SIII at which time I will skip to Skype or Tango).

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RE[2]: Who use facetime?
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 11:55 in reply to "RE: Who use facetime?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, a number of people do. All of them employed by Apple working in the testing division and a few who make commercials.

But you ignore the absolutely crucial usages of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camfecting , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camgirling , chatroulette, and general cybering!!1

Or of ~businessmen and ~politicians being able to pose for PR pictures, showing us how they're hard at work of making decisions! ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Medvedev_and_Nurgaliev_TANDBERG_T... & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Medvedev_and_Vladimir_Yakunin.jpg ). I suppose we can also use the "camwhore" term in this case, maybe even more so.

Or of students being able to pretend they get to know other cultures! ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:American,_Indonesian_Students_Lin... )

Yay & I don't think scifi authors were predicting something quite like that (but generally... http://www.osnews.com/permalink?523521 & http://www.osnews.com/permalink?525237 & http://www.osnews.com/thread?492454 & http://www.osnews.com/permalink?492991 & http://www.osnews.com/permalink?489385 ...come to think of it, videoconferencing is a very old trick of myths and storytelling: just back then via spells and magically transmitting vision/presence - but do computers work any different than magic for most people?)


...well, and there are also services, here and there, to relay & interpret telephone communication with the deaf, I suppose.

Edited 2012-08-28 11:57 UTC

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RE: Who use facetime?
by pysiak on Fri 24th Aug 2012 11:42 in reply to "Who use facetime?"
pysiak Member since:
2008-01-01

Yes, video chat has it's behavioural obstacles but I must say I've seen my colleague use FaceTime to talk to his wife and daughter, while he was away from home.

I wouldn't care for video chat, except for talking to my family. That would count to me, especially if I'm away, wanted to see their faces, show them the place around, or people I'm with. Heartwarming use case.

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