AT&T To Enable FaceTime Over Cellular For All Users By The End Of The Year
As a reminder, AT&T made FaceTime over cellular available to subscribers on tiered data plans back in January. However, the carrier noted, at the time, that subscribers lucky enough to be "grandfathered" into maintaining their original unlimited data plans would be unable to access Apple's video calling software over a cellular data network. Fortunately, this is soon to change. According to 9to5Mac, a number of LTE-enabled iDevice owners with unlimited AT&T data plans are, in fact, now already able to access FaceTime over cellular, despite the carrier's estimate that the feature would be available "by mid-June." At the moment, we are unsure whether non-LTE-enabled iDevice owners are also able to access cellular video calling over FaceTime ahead of schedule (as noted above, this feature is guaranteed to arrive by the end of 2013). Are you able to access FaceTime over cellular on an unlimited data plan?
For video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we’ll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers.
Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is expected to be complete by year end.
Today, all of our customers can use any mobile video chat app that they download from the Internet, such as Skype.