AT&T Relents On FaceTime Restrictions

Remember how AT&T decided that, in order to use FaceTime over LTE, you needed a shared data plan? That decision from August generated a quick backlash, and even legal actions. Now it looks like AT&T has conceded, and will allow all customers to use FaceTime over data, as long as they have a tiered LTE plan they have.

AT&T put out a brief press release today, saying:

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.

As part of its commitment to serving customers with disabilities, AT&T is also making FaceTime over Cellular available to deaf and hard of hearing customers who qualify for special text and data-only packages.

Great, that removes the need for a group data plan — but it still excludes those with grandfathered unlimited data plans. It’ll be interesting to see if the FCC chases up for those customers, because, after all, they’re still paying for the data — why shouldn’t they be able to use it however they chose?


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