AT&T reportedly extending FaceTime over Cellular to all customers

By , Nov 21, 2012

AT&T rustled some feathers back in August when it announced that it would only allow its subscribers on its new Shared data plans to utilize the FaceTime over Cellular feature in iOS 6.

Then earlier this month, the carrier said that it would be opening up the feature to legacy data plans. And as it turns out, it looks like this might actually include unlimited plans as well…

MacRumors points to a new thread in its user forums full of AT&T customers who claim they can now make FaceTime calls over cellular, despite the fact that they are on unlimited data plans.

“In a recent thread we were discussing AT&T members getting facetime with LTE devices and tiered plans. However I noticed today that I have facetime over cellular and I have an unlimited plan on my 5.

I just turned off my other phone, a 4S and turned it back on, only to find the switch flipped to ON for facetime over cellular. Both phones work perfectly over cellular.

I also checked a few coworkers phones, all now have FT over cellular.

The report has been confirmed by several forum members, as well as people on Twitter. And it seems to be working with both iPhone 4S and 5 models, so it doesn’t look like it’s limited to LTE.

But there are also a number of users who say it’s not working for them yet. And unfortunately, I fall into that category. I have an iPhone 5 on a grandfathered unlimited plan, and so far, no dice.

Of course, AT&T did say that the feature rollout would take between 8-10 weeks. So it’s entirely possible that it just hasn’t hit some users yet. They could be doing it by region, or some other sort.

Some users are saying that shutting down their iPhones and restarting them has pushed the feature through. And if you have AT&T and an unlimited data plan, that certainly seems worth trying.

We’ll let you know when we have more information. In the mean time, make sure to let us know if this is working for you in the comments section below.

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  • William Melendez

    I did hard restart a d it worked for me = )

  • John Ramirez

    iPhone 5 with an unlimited plan and it worked for me earlier, pretty cool.

    • Al

      What state are you in?

  • Keith

    didn’t work for me :(

  • Jerry

    Worked for me after a hard reset also

  • Jason Jefferson

    Not working for me I’m in Alabama

  • Robert

    Works for me in Lincoln!

  • syler

    Not workin in mobile Alabama either but will contuine to try.

  • ricky_nguyen

    Not working for me I tried hard resetting my phone and nothing

  • Kao

    Not working after hard reboot. Location Jacksonville, Florida

  • Jose Gonzalez

    I have an iPhone 4, used AT&T before, switched to Straight Talk and just noticed I can FaceTime over Cellular as well. By the way, Straight Talk uses AT&T’s towers. so that’s why I believe the feature activated on my Iphone 4 too.

    Hammond, IN

  • Michael Hulet

    Worked for me on my 4S here in Nashville!

  • Alfonso Rodriguez

    Works for me after Hard-Reset in my iPhone 5 Unilimited Data. Iam in Puerto Rico. But my brother in Atlanta have a Limited Plan in a 4S and it works for him too.

  • Virus

    Not working. Auburndale Fl.

  •  Rich 

    Worked for me after a hard reset. I’m in Westchester NY

  • El Viola Pollo

    iPhone 5 unlimited NY NY works for me after a hard reset!

  • Patrick

    wokrs for me and always has been here in the uk for free

  • Beck Hoefling

    didn’t work for me

  • Lisa Parker

    Not working for me, Bosotn, MA

  • Joel J Estrada

    Miami fl. Doesn’t work after hard reset.

  • Ranecia Howard

    Worked for me in Fort Lauderdale, FL! All I did was a hard reboot with holding the home & power button & it turned on on its own. I have unlimited.

  • Lucas Kunert

    No luck here in AR.

  • Phong Chung

    Not work for me on 5 after reboot

  • Werner Jimenez

    Didn’t work after a hard reboot @ Boston, MA

    • iamse7en

      Same with me.

  • [RΞCØИ1]

    Still not working for me

  • Blake

    Not working in Saint Louis :(

  • czar

    After hard reset. Works here in Cali bay area. iPhone 5 iOS 6.0 AT&T

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  • jose castro

    Works for me YESS…. Fairbanks, Alaska

  • Timothy Mann

    Not working for me yet.. Los Angleles, CA.

  • Theda

    Didn’t work for me ip5 unlimited, Baltimore MD

  • Ryan James Christensen

    I can get it for a few seconds on my iPhone 4S with a 2GB data plan. But I goes away after 10 seconds

  • Dlevi309

    verizon FTW

    • No Whammy

      $70/month unlimited LTE ftw.

  • Devin

    It’s going on and off for me in Boston

  • Joe

    Worked for me after a hard reset but after I turned off the wifi to test, it shut off…. What’s up with that???

  • Cybersid666

    Button turned on after a hard reset, but doesn’t work when trying to FaceTime someone…in Whittier CA iPhone 5 iOS 6.0.1

  • mdee4

    I have a iPhone 5. After a hard reset, FaceTime becomes enabled. However, once I try to FaceTime, my iPhone says to connect to wifi or cellular data and the call fails. I’m in Maryland, btw.

  • Bennett Newsome

    update: after hard reset i have Facetime over the network connection. @Orlando, FL.

  • Jacob61916

    Facetime turns on my iPhone 5 inland but not on the coastal area @SanDiego

  • Mlayne74

    I called AT&T yesterday Decemeber 30th. I have an unlimited data plan grandfathered. I purchased the iPhone 5 and they told me they will not turn on FaceTime over cellular unless I switch to a 5GB data plan. @Parlin, NJ . Obviously I’m not spending and additional $20 a month for a 5GB data plan just to turn on FaceTime when my current data plan is unlimited. Dumbest thing I ever heard.

  • Fabiana Martins