It seems that AT&T is (finally) coming to their senses. In a blog post today, the company announced that it will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no charge to any customer on a tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device:
When FaceTime over Cellular launched in September 2012, we explained that we wanted to roll it out gradually to ensure the service had minimal impact on the mobile experience for all of our customers.
As a result of ongoing testing, we’re announcing AT&T will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device.
This means iPhone 4S customers with tiered plans will be able to make FaceTime calls over the AT&T cellular network. AT&T previously made FaceTime over Cellular available to customers with a Mobile Share plan and those with an LTE device on tiered plans.
Of course, FaceTime over Wi-Fi remains available for all customers who have a compatible iPhone or iPad.
What this means is that any AT&T customer with an applicable iOS device, including the iPhone 4S and later, the third-generation iPad and later, and iPad mini, will be able to FaceTime over Cellular. The only users that will not be able to FaceTime over a cell connection are the grandfathered unlimited plan users.
The update will be rolling out to customers in the next few weeks. The affected customers won’t have to do anything on their iOS device as the update will automatically be applied.
The carrier had to fend of a large amount of criticism last year when it originally announced that only users with a newer, more expensive Mobile Share plan could use the iOS 6 feature.
In November, the company announced that FaceTime over Cellular could be used by any iOS 6 device that used AT&T’s LTE network.
I’m glad to see AT&T finally offer the feature to almost all of its users just like competitors Sprint and Verizon.