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AT&T To Enable FaceTime Over Cellular For All Users By The End Of The Year

AT&T To Enable FaceTime Over Cellular For All Users By The End Of The Year

May 21, 2013
In a recent statement published by The Verge, AT&T has confirmed that by the end of 2013, subscribers will be able to use "any" mobile video chat application over the carrier's cellular data network, "regardless of data plan or device." While FaceTime over cellular is already available for certain AT&T subscribers, the announcement indicates that all customers - even those presently enjoying an unlimited data plan - will be able to access Apple's built-in video calling service over AT&T's cellular data network. The carrier noted that:

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.

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?

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