AT&T Won’t Charge For FaceTime Over Cellular In iOS 6, But You’ll Have To Be On A New Mobile Share Plan

AT&T Won’t Charge For FaceTime Over Cellular In iOS 6, But You’ll Have To Be On A New Mobile Share Plan

You don’t have to “pay” for FaceTime over Cellular, but there’s a catch.

Months ago, it was discovered that AT&T would likely charge for FaceTime over Cellular in iOS 6. You can’t actually use the feature in the iOS 6 beta on any carrier, and it was believed that AT&T would charge it as an additional service, like tethering.

Today AT&T has revealed that it will in fact not charge for FaceTime over Cellular, but customers will have to be on one of AT&T’s new Mobile Share data plans.

AT&T Won’t Charge For FaceTime Over Cellular In iOS 6, But You’ll Have To Be On A New Mobile Share Plan

AT&T in an official 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.

The new Mobile Share plans will be made available on August 23rd, and customers aren’t being forced to upgrade. However, AT&T is obviously trying to get everyone off the single plans and onto shared data. This puts the current plan holders (especially the grandfathered unlimited data iPhone customers) between a rock and a hard place.

Sprint has already said that it won’t charge for FaceTime over Cellular when iOS 6 ships this fall, but Verizon has yet to announce its plans.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    This is wrong. I think Apple should have fought this. I pay $90 a month, AT&T wants me to find a random persona and start a share plan with them just so I can use it? Sprint is starting to look better and better.

  • Sean Murphy

    I cant wait for the 5 to get here
    I am selling my 4 and telling ATT to kiss my ass!
    Hello Sprint, what can you do for me today?

  • John Frum

    “FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers.”

    Well, thank you very much AT&T. Not only that, but shopping at Apple’s App Store “will continue to be available for all your customers” as well. As will their local grocery stores, and ones that are located halfway around the world, and much, much more. We’ll be forever grateful to you for that!

  • Shane Bryson

    I cant wait for the 5 to get here
    I am selling my 4 and telling ATT to kiss my ass!
    Hello Sprint, what can you do for me today?

    Haha, good luck getting signal anywhere.

  • laytoncy

    Yeah this is just wrong. I’m with ATT and I have no trouble with my plan. They did the same thing if you wanted tethering. If you were on the “unlimited plan” you have to move to a new plan to get tethering.

  • BigLama

    This is horrible!!! Seriosuly!!! What the hell! For the amount we pay you think they would offer face time. Shot, at least a small little fee or something. i dont want to go over to shared data. only thing keeping me from sprint is their lack of coverage.

  • pogdaddle

    You can use FaceTime over 3G on a Jailbroken phone using the “3G Unrestrictor” app.
    Only drawback is receiving FaceTime calls when you’re driving!
    I’m hoping that I don’t start getting snippy messages from ATT about using FaceTime over 3G, after they’ve implemented the service…

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  • OGCafe305

    I use Skype video calling over 3G with no problem.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I use Skype video calling over 3G with no problem.

    But that’s not the point.

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  • Lars Pallesen

    This is wrong. I think Apple should have fought this. I pay $90 a month, AT&T wants me to find a random persona and start a share plan with them just so I can use it? Sprint is starting to look better and better.

    AT&T screws you over and you blame Apple? Huh?

  • Ed_Kel

    I cant wait for the 5 to get here
    I am selling my 4 and telling ATT to kiss my ass!
    Hello Sprint, what can you do for me today?

    Absolutely nothing. Good luck trying to get a fast enough data speed to have a cellular FaceTime call…

  • Skywaytraffic

    Dropping these guys the second the new phone comes out. I’ve just had enough with this shit. Prepaid all the way!!!

  • spcled

    File a complaint with FCC. It worked for Skype. Also use their “Mark the Spot” app….and complain everyday. I think they have been throttling my account in the last couple of months leading up to this. You know…it’s the principle of the thing…I’m not a huge user of data. I just want simple billing, no gimmicks and no SUPRISES because I (ooops) had an overage! Screw you AT&T!!!

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