AT&T to Restrict or Charge for FaceTime Over 3G/4G in iOS 6? [Updated With AT&T Statement]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As noted in our ongoing iOS 6 Beta 3 discussion thread, it appears that AT&T will be restricting and possibly charging for the new FaceTime-over-3G-network feature in iOS 6. Prior to iOS 6, FaceTime was a Wi-Fi-only service.

    The following error message appears for AT&T customers in iOS 6 when trying to activate FaceTime over cellular networks:


    The error message is similar to one given to AT&T customers who wish to enable data tethering under iOS. AT&T requires users to pay for a separate tethering data plan to enable that feature.

    At the time of the original iOS 6 announcement, we had reported that many carriers were quiet of the prospect of allowing FaceTime over their cellular networks. An AT&T spokesperson said that they were "working closely with Apple on features disclosed for iOS 6, and we'll share more information with our customers as we get closer to launch." We are reaching out to AT&T for an update or statement on their plans.

    9to5Mac also notes the same behavior on AT&T networks and found the same error message did not appear when trying to activate FaceTime over Verizon's 3G networks.

    Update: AT&T issued this statement, which is very similar to the one issued back in June:
    Article Link: AT&T to Restrict or Charge for FaceTime Over 3G/4G in iOS 6? [Updated With AT&T Statement]
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    As user friendly and cheap as ever.
  3. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Fees, fees everywhere.

    3G Unrestrictor it is then.
  4. macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2011
    It's my data, I pay for it, let me use in anyway that I choose!
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2006
    Data is data....i don't get it.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I struggle to see how AT&T is going to be able to sell this to its subscribers as a premium feature that would make them want to pay for it. Personal hotspot is one thing, but this?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Are there any third-party video chat apps for iOS yet? If so, do they work over 3G?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    It worked just fine on Verizon because Verizon doesn't have separate hotspot plans like AT&T does.

    Don't get me wrong, I fully expect AT&T to shaft customers with this. Just wanna clarify why Verizon users weren't seeing issues.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
    Oh my god. ATT is the devil! Seriously! If I pay for 5 gigs (which I do) I will use my 5 gigs HOW I PLEASE! (includes tethering, so cool your jets on that one).

    US wireless is the worst.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007

    Yep and if ATT thinks I'm paying extra they can kiss my ass. I hope to god T-MO gets the iPhone this year. I'll take my 4 iPhone family somewhere else. I have not had any issues with ATT service wise, but this will push me to another carrier.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    punks! Skype works just fine over not giving you a penny more!
  12. macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006
    Glad my contract is up

    I'll be switching if that's the case.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2012
    MONEY MONEY MONEY!! That is all it is.... Hopefully when iOS 6 is officially released, this will be all changed!
  14. macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
    Look up.

    3G Unrestrictor let you facetime over 3G natively!

    Great ATT! Another reason to jailbreak iOS6.

  15. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    I'll say it again here for discussion purposes...

    I posted the same thing on the 9to5 forums; as soon as they posted that story, I attempted to make FaceTime calls with my iPhone that was updated to beta 3 today. I had no issues placing and receiving 4 separate FaceTime calls over 4G this evening. Maybe it's just my phone, I don't know. But it worked fine for me.
  16. macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    I would like to say that no one could be so stupid as to charge for this but this is AT&T. I'm glad I dumped them as my carrier.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012
    Glad I'm leaving AT&T and going to Sprint. AT&T = Rip off!
  18. macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2011
    Pretty frustrating... I'm not surprised however.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Dear AT&T,
    Go **** yourself!

    From, the world.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2007
    "Armpit of the South"
    I wonder how this may affect those of us who are jailbroken and can use FaceTime over cellular via apps such as 3G Unrestrictor.

    In any event I think this is a total crap move by AT&T. Double fees on data...whats next...having to pay a fee to use my data to access my email? :rolleyes:
  21. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    the only thing worse than this.....

    .... will be reading ATT's excuse as to why they are doing it.

    Deplorable. I pay for unlimited data. I rarely hit 2 gigs. Not a chance they will dime me for facetime, as it is not their feature.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    it's 2012, why are american carriers so behind the rest of the world?
  23. macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2012
    LOL, another reason AT&T can suck it
  24. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    try resetting network settings

    if you don't mind losing the ability.

  25. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Honestly I kind of LIKE having this broken out so I have the chance to not pay for it.

    The fact that Verizon now makes you pay for unlimited voice and texts no matter what you want makes them a non-starter for me. I kind of like the idea of a carrier that lets me not pay for certain things. (And this certainly is one of those things that I wouldn't pay for.)

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