AT&T Reverses Decision on Cellular FaceTime

by Christopher Freeburn | November 9, 2012 2:27 pm

Apple iPhone[1]AT&T (NYSE:T[2]) is changing its tune about Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL[3]) FaceTime video calling. The company says it will no longer restrict cellular use[4] of the app that runs on iPads and iPhones to its high-end Mobile Share plans.

The roll-out of FaceTime service to users with tiered data plans will take between eight and ten weeks, the Los Angeles Times notes.

Until recently, FaceTime only worked over WiFi connections. However, with the release of iOS 6, the app can now transmit video over cellular networks.

AT&T justified its earlier position, saying that it had limited use of the app because it could not forecast the amount of additional data traffic its cell network would experience as a result of the apps functionality. Consumer advocates heavily criticized the company’s stance and threatened to complain to the FCC.

While AT&T has abandoned its insistence on premium data service plans for FaceTime use, not all AT&T subscribers can use the app on cellular connections just yet.

Who can use FaceTime on AT&T’s network right now:

Who Will be able to use FaceTime on AT&T’s network soon:

Who will not be able to use FaceTime on AT&T’s networks any time soon:

FaceTime calling has not been subject to restrictions by Sprint (NYSE:S[5]) or Verizon (NYSE:VZ[6]).

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