AT&T Opens Up FaceTime to iOS Customers with Any Tiered Plan
January 17, 2013 10:43 AM
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This applies to customers like those with an iPhone 4S and a tiered plan who want to make FaceTime calls over a cellular network
After realizing that it was the only U.S. carrier charging customers extra for FaceTime, AT&T has slowly expanded the service to more customers for free. That expansion continued this week.
AT&T's Mark Collins announced in the AT&T Consumer Blog that customers with any tiered data plan with a compatible iOS device can use FaceTime for no extra charge. This applies to customers like those with an iPhone 4S and a tiered plan who want to make FaceTime calls over a cellular network.
"We have already begun updating our systems and processes and expect to start rolling the update out to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks," wrote Collins. "Customers do not need to do anything—the update will be applied automatically over the next few months."
Back in August 2012, AT&T enabled FaceTime over 3G and 4G, but
limited it to Mobile Share data plans
. The company received plenty of criticism for this move, and even had threats of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation. AT&T said it didn't
violate the FCC's two main rules
making business practices and information transparent, and not blocking applications that may compete with their own
. AT&T later got a FCC
net neutrality complaint
This changed AT&T's tune real quick. In November, the carrier
enabled FaceTime over Cellular for iOS 6 users on any tiered data plan for free. But the user was required to have
an LTE device
, and customers with grandfathered unlimited plans were still left out of the loop.
Later that same month,
AT&T made FaceTime available
to even more customers, including
those with the iPhone 4S. This meant it was available for free to iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3rd generation and higher users.
FaceTime has always been available to iPhone 4/4S/5 customers over a Wi-Fi network
Verizon and Sprint
, the only other main U.S. carriers that offer the iPhone other than AT&T, never charged extra for FaceTime over 3G or LTE networks.
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Still sucks for their best customers.
1/17/2013 3:48:14 PM
It sounds like they really want me and my family off of our three grandfathered Unlimited lines, though I'm currently using an Android phone.
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