Apple now selling FaceTime on the App store for 99cents

Apple has been developing FaceTime over the past several months and has included it on such devices like the iPhone. But it looks like the free ride for FaceTime is about to end as Apple has just listed it in the AppStore for 99 cents.

What is not clear is if Apple is going to stop including it with its new products and turn it into purchase only service. Meaning that if you want to use FaceTime, then you have to buy it on every device that you want to use it on.

The choice to charge for FaceTime does seem a bit odd considering you can get Skype to do the same thing for free and that software is available on all platforms. It could be possible that Apple is only selling it for their older hardware that did not ship with FaceTime and that it could be included on all new Apple products (that have a built in camera). 

If you feel so inclined to purchase FaceTime you can purchase it now or wait to see if Apple makes an official announcement about the product. Only time will tell to see if this service actually takes off but charging a small premium to use a service that has a free competitor that is widely used, may be a tough pill to swallow.  

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stezo2k said,
Talk about greedy.... they advertise it like it's included in the phone itself, now you have to pay for it?
It's only for the OS X version (and only on old machines, not new ones), not the iOS version.

Brian Miller said,
Why? This should be built in to the OS.

Why you ask?

Answer: Because Its apple we are talking about.. they think they are better and so there for they are greedy..

but sooner or later this greediness will kick apple in the a$$. guess they are trying to grab money before the death of Steve Jobs..

Steve jobs if you read this I hope that you rot in hell for being such a greedy ******.

Brian Miller said,
Why? This should be built in to the OS.

Because the retards will gladly pay for an "integrated" product. It's "practically free". XD

With iDevices that already have FaceTime apple cant charge a fee for FaceTime By law..

Facetime was added into the selling points of the iDevices and will be called False & Misleading advertising if they do try and add a fee for the already added FaceTime iDevices.

Viriix said,
hmm i have an iphone 4 and it comes with the facetime already..? why would i need this app..?

This is for Macs... iOS's facetime remains free

staktika said,

This is for Macs... iOS's facetime remains free

And also new Macbook Pros get Facetime HD for free I think.

staktika said,

This is for Macs... iOS's facetime remains free

Nothing is free when you are buying a product from them because of the "Apple Tax" that's included in your purchase.

OceanMotion said,
Apple know their consumers. Sucks to be them.

Exactly right, charing for firmware ans simple add-ons is shameful, but more shameful or those who line up to do it and act like it's a good idea.

bob_c_b said,

Exactly right, charing for firmware ans simple add-ons is shameful, but more shameful or those who line up to do it and act like it's a good idea.

They knows their customers alright and charge them a premium when it's free on other platforms.

It's so cheap that it's basically free. A purchase is a no-brainer if you want FaceTime on your Mac. A single trip to my town and back cost me more in the gas cost.

Which makes it a bit weird that they aren't just offering it for free, when it's this cheap anyway. That would look better in the store...

Northgrove said,
It's so cheap that it's basically free.

There's at least 200 apps (on iPhone) I've heard this about where there was an alternative free one available.

The combined price, however, would be around $300.

I think 59p is a fair one-off price for a good product and service that is likely going to be free in the 'made for' hardware and OS anyway. This is buying tomorrow's features today.

Only time will tell to see if this service actually takes off but charging a small premium to use a service that has a free competitor that is widely used, may be a tough pill to swallow.

I'm sure a lot of people will be happy to plunk down 99 cents for an integrated Apple service. Sure, Skype is free, but it's not as convenient as FaceTime is.

DigitalE said,

I'm sure a lot of people will be happy to plunk down 99 cents for an integrated Apple service. Sure, Skype is free, but it's not as convenient as FaceTime is.

I agree.

DigitalE said,

I'm sure a lot of people will be happy to plunk down 99 cents for an integrated Apple service. Sure, Skype is free, but it's not as convenient as FaceTime is.

How so?

Pupik said,

How so?

You don't need to have an app running, or a different/dedicated account. The App is clean and doesn't use a crap load of resources.

Matt Hardwick said,

You don't need to have an app running, or a different/dedicated account. The App is clean and doesn't use a crap load of resources.

There's an app / service running somewhere if its working *LOL*

DigitalE said,

I'm sure a lot of people will be happy to plunk down 99 cents for an integrated Apple service. Sure, Skype is free, but it's not as convenient as FaceTime is.

Skype is cross-platform. FaceTime isn't.

Matt Hardwick said,

You don't need to have an app running, or a different/dedicated account. The App is clean and doesn't use a crap load of resources.

Tests show FaceTime is far less efficient than Skype when it's comes to how much data needs to be sent to do the same amount of video, that's something major to thing about over 3G, oh wait it doesn't matter for FaceTime users

thealexweb said,

Tests show FaceTime is far less efficient than Skype when it's comes to how much data needs to be sent to do the same amount of video, that's something major to thing about over 3G, oh wait it doesn't matter for FaceTime users


It doesn't matters, facetime uses only wifi

UndergroundWire said,

Skype is cross-platform. FaceTime isn't.

I think Mac, iPhone and iPod owners using FaceTime cross-platform may say differently.

andrew_f said,

I think Mac, iPhone and iPod owners using FaceTime cross-platform may say differently.

What he means is it isn't cross-brand. It only works with Apple.

People may spout this rubbish about it being an 'open spec' and anyone can make a Facetime app. I don't dispute this.
But then why is Apple charging for the app and no one has made one yet? Surely someone could make an app for it on Mac (for free) of all platforms.

andrew_f said,

I think Mac, iPhone and iPod owners using FaceTime cross-platform may say differently.


Wow it's on all Apple's products. Big Surprise. Skype works on Windows Xp-7, Mac (Not sure which versions), iOS Devices, WP7 Devices, and Andriod Devices. Skype is a little more "cross-platform" than FaceTime is.

DigitalE said,

Skype is free, but it's not as convenient as FaceTime is.

because you can only talk to other people with facetime device? because everyone with PC's will not be able to communicate with them. Another way they are closing everyone out of their ecosystem.

andrew_f said,

I think Mac, iPhone and iPod owners using FaceTime cross-platform may say differently.

All their products are designed and locked into their platform and FaceTime is just a fancy name for video chat from what I see.

thealexweb said,
Silly move Apple, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Fring etc provide just as good service if not better than Facetime for free.

Silly move? comon, half the Apple people will think its a paid app, its better because I paid for it the old "You get what you paid for" line....

neufuse said,

Silly move? comon, half the Apple people will think its a paid app, its better because I paid for it the old "You get what you paid for" line....


Then it's their loss, and we, the smart technological people, will just use Skype or whatever.

thealexweb said,
Silly move Apple, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Fring etc provide just as good service if not better than Facetime for free.


Tango FTW!!

thealexweb said,
Silly move Apple, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Fring etc provide just as good service if not better than Facetime for free.

Also, less people are going to have Facetime.
If you have nobody to Facetime with, it's basically useless technology.

thealexweb said,
Silly move Apple, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Fring etc provide just as good service if not better than Facetime for free.

Not at all. People don't buy Apple products to save money, they buy them because they are looking for top quality best of breed solutions that just work. If you waste money on cheap crap that doesn't work correctly have you really saved anything? It really doesn't matter what you are talking about, you get what you pay for.

PS: this post is 100% sarcastic.