We all know that in the U.S. FaceTime has been available on Sprint and Verizon over cellular data for free since iOS 6 came out. I know that using it with my family over cellular data has been quite a bit of fun.
Apparently it will take a bit of time before
AT&T today announced it will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered data plan. AT&T will also continue to offer FaceTime over Cellular to customers with any AT&T Mobile Share plan, as well as FaceTime over Wi-Fi, which has always been available for all customers. AT&T expects to roll out this functionality to customers over the next eight to ten weeks.
Is it for everyone
It’s unclear however, if it will affect all devices. It seems that it might only be iPhone 5 and iPad LTE customers that are affected by this feature.
AT&T head of External Affairs wrote a post explaining thoughts on FaceTime. They believed that it was difficult for them to “effectively model usage, and thus to assess network impact. It is for this reason that we took a more cautious approach toward the app.” They now seem to know well enough how FaceTime will affect the network, and so they seem to be rolling it out for the newest devices.