With iOS 4.1, Apple will give you the ability to enable FaceTime calls using only e-mail addresses. Presumably, this would be for iPod touch and iPad devices. So, what’s to stop Apple from also enabling audio-only FaceTime calls started by clicking someones e-mail..?
Free Wi-Fi calls to anyone with an iOS device? Sign me up.
iChat allows you to log-in using your MobileMe e-mail account, and I think other addresses as well. What if OS 10.7’s big new feature is iChat w/ FaceTime? Mac to iPhone 4 voice calling? At that point, it would most likely be Mac to iOS calling. Who knows when 10.7 will ship, but by that time I would think iPod touches will have a front facing camera and possibly even iPads.
Let’s go a bit further, if we can enable iChat capabilities via email, what’s to stop Apple from having iChat conversations held in the Message.app? Free Mac to iOS conversations right inside of the app. Hell, free iOS to iOS conversations right in the app.
ATT would be losing a lot of money in texting packages, that’s for sure. I’m not sure that’s the only thing they should be afraid of.