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It's free for other developers and platforms to use. Apple is just charging $1 for the FaceTime app and, as ForumViewer posted, it was required.
I did more reading on it and it was required before Apple lobbied to get the law changed. Apparently they were able to get it changed (hence iOS 4 was free) but for some reason decided to not change the Mac side of things at the same time. All in all, I still can't recall a single feature added to another OS or program or product that required people to pay to unlock it. Apple using that as an excuse seems to be more of a 'convenient choice' rather than a real reason. Again, I'm no lawyer but as of yet I can't seem to find a reason why Apple would have to charge for this where no other large company ever has.

And is it really free for other platforms and developers already or only 'in the future'? I haven't seen a way to get access to the protocol to write a program for it.
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post #32 of 43
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i'm not flaming - honest question.

why is Facetime such big news. we've had video calling for ages now - what's so revolutionary about it?
Have you used mobile video calling before...? Thats whats so revolutionary about it...
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I did more reading on it and it was required before Apple lobbied to get the law changed. Apparently they were able to get it changed (hence iOS 4 was free) but for some reason decided to not change the Mac side of things at the same time. All in all, I still can't recall a single feature added to another OS or program or product that required people to pay to unlock it. Apple using that as an excuse seems to be more of a 'convenient choice' rather than a real reason. Again, I'm no lawyer but as of yet I can't seem to find a reason why Apple would have to charge for this where no other large company ever has.

And is it really free for other platforms and developers already or only 'in the future'? I haven't seen a way to get access to the protocol to write a program for it.
I'm pretty sure Apple wants "FaceTime" as the new standard. And yes, I'm pretty sure it's free.
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Have you used mobile video calling before...? Thats whats so revolutionary about it...
They had apps on cydia that can do video chat, mind you we didn't have a front facing camera back then but Facetime isn't something revolutionary.
Apple does has good timing, I will give them that.

While I hate most of Apple's method they do push technology more than you think.
I am hoping they can push Thunderbolt (unlike Firewire) and make it a new standard and have others follow.
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so if this is an open standard, how come Apple haven't released it yet and if it does, will it get ported to Android? there's a lot more Android users here, I feel like it would work great.
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Cool, another Apple announcement about how Apple is behind everyone in everything except cult recruitment.
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Yeah, it seems kind of stupid that they're limiting their users so much. It was worse when it was just for iPhone 4, but still, if I had an iPhone I couldn't make FaceTime calls to most of my friends because their tech was either a) outdated or b) Windows-based.
Or C, used AT&T's network.
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Because Facetime is for inbetween iDevices. Its perfectly integrated into iOS and is easy to use.

While you can get Skype on the iDevices as well, it isn't the same functionality and easy-of-use. Sure, Skype is arguably MUCH better but Facetime integration just works the way its supposed to.
I'd choose Skype over Facetime or even iChat any day of the week but it's much easier to simply hit the Facetime button on a friend of mine who has an iPhone or an iTouch rather than open, login into, and see if they're online as well. Not to mention, any inconsistencies with Skype over the 3G network because we all know that AT&T and probably Verizon limits these apps.
Regardless of carrier/choice of video chat, you will not be making video calls over 3G, unless you jailbreak your device of course. As for it being any different for functionality, its not. Sure its much more simple to hit 1 button, but I find it more useful to click my skype app, have it automatically log me in [which basically doesn't add any extra step] and then see if that person is even available to message or not. With Facetime its more of a hit and miss.

I like to know someone is available before I waste my time. And I definitely don't want to facetime anyone on the toilet.
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All in all, I still can't recall a single feature added to another OS or program or product that required people to pay to unlock it. Apple using that as an excuse seems to be more of a 'convenient choice' rather than a real reason. Again, I'm no lawyer but as of yet I can't seem to find a reason why Apple would have to charge for this where no other large company ever has.
They did the same thing when they charged their customers for unlocking "N" speed on the Airport...
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They did the same thing when they charged their customers for unlocking "N" speed on the Airport...
Yeah, I remember that as well.
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