AT&T begins rolling out nationwide FaceTime over Cellular

“AT&T appears to be in the midst of rolling out support for Apple’s FaceTime video calling service for iPhone on its cellular network, making good on a promise to support all video chat apps over wireless by the end of the year,” AppleInsider reports.

“While no public announcement has been made regarding the latest policy change, a number of AppleInsider readers, including Jon from Maryland, have reported a recent activation of FaceTime over cellular on both LTE and HSPA+, even those with grandfathered unlimited data plans,” AppleInsider reports. “Previously, the company stated it would be activating the service in June for LTE devices only.”

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AppleInsider reports, “So far, activation of the service has been verified in parts of New York, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, California and Hawaii.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. Why did AT&T have to roll out or do anything, it should just work like any other app that needs Internet connect. Make it sound like they are doing a lot of extra work to do the customer a favor. All they had to do is remove the restriction they put on it, which they should not have done in the first place.

  2. I’m on the grandfathered unlimited plan. I did notice a message that we had a carrier update the other day. Just checked and I do have the option to use cellular for Facetime. Not that I use it much, but always glad to have more options.

    1. Ah, but that carrier update was to set up the texting of emergency messages, like Amber alerts, etc., which you can turn off in Notifications (way at the bottom if you’re looking), but so-called Presidential Messages cannot be avoided. Then again, it might be nice to know when the missiles are coming in or whatever.

  3. I’ve had it in Texas since before Christmas. My son bought an iPod touch and Facetime’d me while I was at the store. It’s been pretty cool. I can facetime call him to make sure he got home from school and let him know what he needs to do before I get home from work. Why get him a cell phone???

  4. In northern Michigan, far from any urban centers, and I now have the “Use Cellular Data” option in settings under FaceTime. And it looks like it was set to On by default, since I never set it or changed it. Better watch those data caps…

  5. Now the only thing left is to do away with phone and text fees. All information sent on a smartphone is data now and I want to just have to pay for data only.

    I wonder how look that will take to happen.

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