AT&T Slowing Rolling Out Facetime over Cellular to All of its Subscribers, Unlimited Data Users Included
When it comes to FaceTime over cellular, it turns out that AT&T was all bark and no bite. The company recently recanted on a limitation that would only allow users of its Mobile Share plan to use FaceTime over cellular, and as of today that change is in effect—along with a bonus for those who have grandfathered an unlimited data plan!
This rollout means that FaceTime is now available at no extra charge over AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. What these companies were afraid of will likely begin happening now—widespread use of FaceTime over 3G and LTE. It remains to be seen if the data consumption associated with cellular video calls will severely hamper the carriers’ ability to provide steady service to all customers.
If you’re an AT&T customer who has struggled to make use of FaceTime with its Wi-Fi limitation, now is the time to hop on 3G or LTE and check if you’re a part of the initial cellular rollout. It appears that AT&T chose not to launch the new feature all at once, so it may be that not everyone will be able to make a FaceTime call on the road while en route to this year’s Thanksgiving gathering… But thanks to AT&T’s concession, that option is coming to ALL customers in the very near future, so feel free to test frequently!