AT&T activates Apple’s FaceTime
Apple’s FaceTime was introduced over 3G cellular already with the iPhone 4S, and then the feature was expanded to subscribers of 4G networks with the iPhone 5, too. US largest carriers gladly offered the service over their respective 4G networks, yet AT&T decided to impose limitations announcing that it would be limiting over-the-air FaceTime service to Mobile Share subscribers only. Since this decision was however strongly opposed by users, the carrier promised to drop these limitations.
As appears, AT&T has made good on its promise. Quietly and without too much noise, this Tuesday the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier activated Apple’s FaceTime over cellular for all subscribers, and included also customers without a Mobile Share data plan, and existing users with unlimited plans.
For now, the system works, and iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 units are able to make video calls over both 4G HSPA+ and LTE networks to other devices connected to either cellular or Wi-Fi networks. Users may need to restart their handsets before the feature becomes available.