One of the major new features in iOS 6 is the ability to make FaceTime calls using a cellular connection, something that in previous versions of iOS required a WiFi connection. While this would likely impact data usage on your account, it should be at the user’s discretion on how we use our data. Not so according to a report from 9to5Mac, who suggest AT&T will handle FaceTime over cellular similar to how they handled the iOS Personal Hotspot feature, by charging an additional fee. When attempting to make a FaceTime over cellular call, a prompt comes up to contact AT&T to enable the feature. No sure prompt comes up on Verizon device, also on iOS 6 beta 3.
AT&T has issued the following statement, which offers zero clarity as to their position.
We’re working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS6 and we’ll share more information with our customers as it becomes available.
Not good folks.