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AT&T Restricts FaceTime Over Cellular To Mobile Share Plans



AT&T has finally revealed its plans for the upcoming FaceTime over Cellular feature coming with iOS 6 saying that the feature will be included within its new Mobile Share plans. Those who don’t have a Mobile Share plan will, unfortunately, not be able to use the service.

The carrier, which earlier had said that discussions about whether it would charge for the video chatting service were premature, has finally spilled the beans to customers.

It would appear though that unlimited data users will be stuck without FaceTime over Cellular.

Read: Sprint Won’t Charge iPhone Users for FaceTime.


AT&T won’t charge for Facetime over Cellular when it’s paired with a Mobile Share plan.

Here is AT&T’s full statement:

AT&T will offer FaceTime over Cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans, which were created to meet customers’ growing data needs at a great value. With Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers.

FaceTime over Cellular is one of the main new features of iOS 6 and it will finally allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to communicate using FaceTime when the device is running on a cellular network and not Wi-Fi. And while Apple revealed the feature back at WWDC 2012, this is only the second U.S. carrier to confirm its plan for the service.

Read: iOS 6 Hands On: 10 Killer iOS 6 Features.

Earlier this year, Sprint confirmed that it would not be charging for the service. Verizon’s plan for the service is still up in the air though we can’t imagine it will differ much from AT&T as it would not want to put itself at a disadvantage with the launch of the upcoming iPhone 5.

iOS 6 and FaceTime over Cellular will be out sometime this fall and thus far, September is looking good for a release date. The iPhone 5 is rumored to be coming out on September 12th with a release planned for September 21st.

Apple generally releases its latest version of iOS shortly before the release date of the next iPhone so any date between September 12th and September 21st looks to be a possible release date.



  1. Joe

    08/17/2012 at 5:08 pm

    First tethering and screwed up Texting plans and now this. You know if Sprint wasn’t so bad in my area (as I imagine it is in many) I would go back to them. Unfortunately to have an iPhone in Norfolk / Va Beach, you need to be on AT&T or VZ in order to have a decent connection.

  2. Hillary

    08/17/2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hmmmm… I love it when they say, “the more you spend the more you save.” I’m a hairstylist (Austin) and this is a natural need for me/my clients. I’ve got AT&T’s 4G; use a OneX now but am anticipating the iphone5. Price of the phone is bad enough without more limitations.

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