AT&T opens up FaceTime over cellular to all tiered data plans

By , Jan 16, 2013

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AT&T has announced this morning that it will be once again be expanding support for iOS 6′s FaceTime over cellular for its subscribers. It appears that all iOS users who are on a tiered data plan, will be able to utilize the feature from any FaceTime compatible device.

The carrier took quite a bit of heat last year when it initially announced that FaceTime over cellular would only be available to iOS users on its shared data plans. It later opened up the feature to legacy data plans, and then to LTE users. And now it’s available for all…

MacRumors points to a new post on AT&T’s Consumer Blog:

“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.”

The carrier says that it has already begun to update their systems and processes, and it expects to start rolling out the update to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks. The update, they say, will be applied automatically in the coming months.

The takeaway here is that any AT&T customer with a supported device — meaning the iPhone 4S and newer, and the 3rd-gen iPad and newer — will soon be able to use FaceTime over cellular regardless of what data plan they’re on. And that’s pretty good news if you ask me.

The only users who still can’t use the feature are those on grandfathered unlimited data plans.

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  • http://twitter.com/SeanmHughes_ Sean Hughes

    Everyone but Unlimited users…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      they are trying so hard to get folks tok give up their unlimited plans..lol eventually they will just terminate them..

      • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

        Lol that will make us uprise and stock will fall. Big publicity stunt

    • macintoshbrasil

      i Have Unlimited Plan and i cant get this fk thing works for free! AT&T sucks my Balls!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.bean.14 Joel Bean

    Except for grandfathered unlimited plans…

    • Melvco

      Yes, we’ve made some edits to clear up the confusion.

      • No Whammy

        You haven’t made enough. “And now it’s available for all”

      • therealjjohnson

        My unlimited plan seems to be working. I went to settings and it was already flipped on as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Em-Bee/100002296064986 Em Bee

    “for customers with any tiered data plan”

    That’s not the same as all ios users like your headline says. Unlimited data plans are still excluded.

    It even says “The only users who still can’t use the feature are users with a grandfathered unlimited data plan.” at the MacRumors post you’re quoting.

    • Melvco

      yes, the title was changed shortly after publishing to better reflect AT&T’s statement.

    • http://twitter.com/aomia syler

      i agree with you the title is very misleading i got excited for a min. this post is one big contradiction.

    • therealjjohnson

      I have an grandfathered plan and I’m able to use it.

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        I have a ferarri and I’m able to use it

      • therealjjohnson

        I wish you had a brain…and were able to use it.

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        just calling out your bs

      • therealjjohnson

        No BS. First day it worked. Tried it out. Video was choppy. Second day AT&T must of got hip and it didn’t work anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

    about time had that since last year in canada

  • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

    Don’t care jailbroken with 3G unrestrictor

    • No Whammy

      How’s that working out for you and your iPhone 4s/5? Oh you don’t have one, I see.

      • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

        Working fine on my 4S lol. Nothing in ios 6 worthy of an upgrade.

  • seyss

    you people love to say you dont need jailbreak yet you come here with your goddamn hypocrisy to complain about FT over cellular not available in your plan

    • No Whammy

      Who comes here and talks about not needing a jailbreak? I see zero people talking about that here.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I don’t have a shared data plan and I’ve been able to facetime over cellular since I got my i5 in September…

    • No Whammy

      That’s nice.

      • Johnathan Jennings

        I was saying its always worked for me no matter what att allowed or not fuck face.

      • No Whammy

        Oh, OK, I guess that sucks then?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    will stay on 5.1.1 just to keep my damn jailbreak i dont care what IOS 6 can do..lol

  • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

    Why do they neglect us unlimited people? We gave them the NUMBERS when iphone2g-3g were out.

    • No Whammy

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Aruizmart

    F******K AT&T I have unlimited data, I just need a jailbreak for my iPhone 5 to use MY3G

  • http://www.facebook.com/gjantonini Joey Antonini

    Hey that’s discrimination Yo! Iam on a tiered plan called unlimited! If everyone else is able to do that then so should the people on the unlimited plans.