AT&T to Expand FaceTime Over Cellular to All Customers by Year End

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    In a statement to The Verge on the future of pre-loaded apps, AT&T today revealed that it is planning to offer FaceTime over cellular to all of its customers on any data plan by the end of 2013.
    When FaceTime over cellular was announced alongside iOS 6, AT&T initially restricted the service to its customers that subscribed to a Mobile Share data plan. AT&T soon expanded access, first to customers on a tiered data plan with an LTE device, and then to all customers with a tiered data plan regardless of device. Only customers with a grandfathered unlimited data plan were restricted from using the service.

    AT&T plans to allow its unlimited customers with LTE devices access to FaceTime over cellular beginning in June, with full access to all customers becoming available by the end of the year.

    Article Link: AT&T to Expand FaceTime Over Cellular to All Customers by Year End
     
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    For free?
     
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    About time.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    But they'll still throttle you down to 2g speeds if you use more than 3GB on 3G or 5gb on LTE. AT&T is garbage. Unlimited my ass
     
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    It would be cool if they did this with tethering. Not holding my breath though.
     
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    How... generous of them.
     
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    I wonder if T-Mobile has forced their hand.
     
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    what? with their 500MB and 2GB plans? try to facetime over EDGE
     
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    Idk...I don't use it anyway. I'm more about the texts. And even thats pushing it. I just want to be left alone, honestly...:eek:
     
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    better to have this feature than to not have it at all, even if it's barely used outside of wi-fi
     
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    Basically, they realised it wasn't taking up as much bandwidth or traffic on their network as they thought, and so they're receding on their original plans...
     
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    uh huh

    i'll believe it when i see it.
     
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    with their cheap ass "real" unlimited plans...
     
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    Facetime ---> tv set
     
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    I lol'd
     
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    I'm still grandfathered in on their unlimited data plan. Doesn't look like this will change anything for me. :rolleyes: Although I'm not surprised.
     
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    My iPad mini Facetime over cellular was activated about three weeks ago. I have a grandfathered unlimited plan from the original ipad, but don't use Facetime much at all, especially enough to see how much I might get throttled if I use too much data.
     
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    What about the unlimited plan users to use FT over 4g
     
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    The damage has already been done for AT&T - the bad press they received when FaceTime over cellular first was enabled by iOS 5(?) will far outweigh the limited positive press they get from this announcement.
     
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    Tomorrow: "AT&T announces an end to all grandfathered unlimited data plans by year end!"
     
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    AT&T: "And to all those who switched plans just for that feature..."
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    Skype

    This is done. Skype forced the hand here, not cellular competition.
     
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    So,,,they're going to allow my device to work as it's designed and capable of.

    Thanks.

    I'm grandfathered Unlimited...on an iPhone4.....so, by the end of the year I'll finally be able to FT over cell...not just wireless. About damn time.
     
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    Oh wow, so I could be FTing over LTE in as soon as 12 days???
     
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    I'm grandfathered. But have never used FaceTime. Wifi or no wifi. I just don't want people to see me when I call them.
     

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