AT&T and its FaceTime policies have always been something interesting to pay attention to. Most other companies, such as Verizon, have allowed FaceTime over cellular (for supported devices of course) since iOS 6 was launched. Then there is AT&T, who has slowly been allowing more and more customers to access the feature. However, this is all about to change; well, at least by the end of the year it is. By the end of the year, AT&T plans to allow FaceTime over cellular on all supported devices, according to a comment from the company to The Verge:
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.
AT&T customers, I’d be happy. You all are finally getting FaceTime over cellular, for those that don’t already. As you can see in the quote, by mid-June those of you with LTE devices, which for iPhones is only the iPhone 5, will be given access to the FaceTime feature. Then beginning in the second half of this year, AT&T will begin rolling it out to non-LTE devices.
What do you think? Excited to finally be joining the party? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.