AT&T will expand availability of FaceTime over cellular

AT&T will loosen its restrictions on FaceTime over LTE. Previously, AT&T had limited use of FaceTime over LTE to those customers with a Mobile Share plan. Now, a customer on any of the carrier’s plans will be able to use FaceTime over LTE. AT&T also announced that they would be making special text and data-only packages available to deaf and hard of hearing customers to increase the utility of FaceTime over cellular. In a statment, AT&T said that these initiatives would roll out in eight to ten weeks.

AT&T today announced it will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered data plan. AT&T will also continue to offer FaceTime over Cellular to customers with any AT&T Mobile Share plan, as well as FaceTime over Wi-Fi, which has always been available for all customers. AT&T expects to roll out this functionality to customers over the next eight to ten weeks.

This is good news for many AT&T customers who have not moved to a Mobile Share plan. Unfortunately, for many more of AT&T’s customers, 3G does not seem to be included in this expansion. Customers with an iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are out of luck, despite the fact that they are perfectly capable of using FaceTime over cellular. Even most of AT&T’s customers that use the iPhone 5 are probably left in the lurch, at least for now. That’s because AT&T’s LTE network does not cover most of AT&T’s service area, and despite the planned expansion of their LTE network, it’s not there yet. So their iPhone 5 customers don’t even have access to LTE to take advantage of the less restrictive FaceTime requirements. So while this is a nice step in the right direction, it's not nearly a big enough step to matter to most of AT&T's customers.

Source: PR Newswire