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Report: AT&T enabling FaceTime, Google+ video chat on all data plans

updated 08:58 pm EDT, Mon June 17, 2013

Nine states confirmed for video chat activation

According to reports, AT&T has commenced the effort to enable Apple FaceTime support and Google+ video chat for all customers on its cellular network, not just those on a capped mobile sharing plan. The move starts to fulfill a promise the company made in May to allow customers even on grandfathered "unlimited Internet" plans to use the service.

AT&T's statement in May said that "for video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we'll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers."

AppleInsider notes that they have reports of service accessibility from parts of New York, Maryland, Georgia, Hawaii, and California. MacNN has confirmed functionality of FaceTime over previously unsupported LTE and HSPA+ in parts of North Carolina, Northern Virginia (but not Richmond or Hampton Roads), Georgia, and Florida. Both LTE and HSPA+ devices have the capability enabled.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Try it, gang. Report back!

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Not working yet in Greenville/Spartanburg, SC region on 6/18/13.

    I'm on an original unlimited data plan w/ AT&T using iPhone 4S 4G. The Cellular setting warning states I need to upgrade my data plan or use WiFi.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    Your iPhone 4S uses the 3G network, not the 4G network.

    Unless you've got one of them-there special, custom-made iPhone 4S's!

  1. Cold Warrior


    Joined: 01-01-01

    A long while ago, att reflagged their HSPA+ 3G as 4G. It will show as '4G' on the iphone 4S despite not being LTE.

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