AT&T Begins Nationwide Rollout of FaceTime Over Cellular
According to the folks over at AppleInsider
, AT&T appears to be in the middle of rolling out support for Appleís FaceTime video calling service for the iPhone on its cellular network. The move makes good on a promise to support all video chat apps over wireless by the end of the year.
Although no public announcement has been made regarding the latest policy change, many users are reporting a recent activation of FaceTime over cellular on both LTE and HSPA+, even those with the grandfathered unlimited data plans. Previously, the company stated it would be activating the service in June for LTE devices only. As of right now, the activation of the service seems to be verified in parts of New York, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, California and Hawaii. For obvious reasons voice and video quality isnít exactly on par with the Wi-Fi implementation of the service but it is close, suggesting AT&T is not throttling those subscribers who choose to use the feature while on the go.
The rollout comes less than one month after AT&T announced it would be enabling first-party video chat apps on its network over the course of 2013. At the time, the telecom said it expected to complete the rollout by the end of the year. While FaceTime over cellular debuted with iOS 6, AT&T limited its access to Mobile Share plan subscribers and LTE device owners with a tiered plan. The telecom began to expand support for FaceTime in November 2012 with the shift initially including a few users with grandfathered unlimited data plans. The carrier later limited the service to those with tiered data plans. As of right now, itís unclear how many or which locations AT&T has rolled out the service in, though the company appears to be targeting larger metropolitan areas first.