AT&T FaceTime over cellular nationwide rollout reportedly underway
AT&T had previously said that it would open FaceTime over cellular for LTE iPhone users only in June, however it is being reported that the carrier has already started a nationwide rollout that’s not limited to LTE iPhones. Users have reported being able to make FaceTime calls over AT&T cellular on both HSPA+ and LTE.
AT&T announced last month that it would start supporting first-party video conferencing apps on its network throughout this year. The carrier said that it expected this rollout to be complete by the end of 2013. Even those who have AT&T’s grandfathered unlimited data plans are now reportedly able to make FaceTime calls over cellular. The carrier itself has not made any notification about this rollout as yet, so it is not known in exactly how many locations the service has currently been rolled out.
Apple brought the ability to make FaceTime calls over cellular networks in iOS 6 last year, though AT&T made this feature limited to those customers that had Mobile Share plans or those who had LTE iPhones with a tiered plan. By November last year, AT&T included some users with grandfathered unlimited data plans as well. Right now the service has reportedly been activated in parts of Maryland, Georgia, New York, Louisiana, Hawaii and California. We’ll update you once AT&T issues an official statement.