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  • AT&T Reportedly Begins Enabling FaceTime Over Cellular for Customers


    Less than two weeks ago, it was announced that AT&T would remove the limitation of their FaceTime over cellular service for shared data plans only. This would give all AT&T customers with iPhones running iOS 6 the ability to initiate and receive FaceTime calls even when not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

    According to a report via MacRumors, AT&T has quietly begun the process of enabling the feature for all of its iOS 6 iPhone customers. Since the process of enabling the feature has just begun, it will not be available for everyone just yet, but AT&T promised in their initial announcement that everyone would be able to use the feature within several weeks after the announcement.

    Some users that are grandfathered into their unlimited data plans are also reporting that they are able to use the feature, despite the fact that AT&T announced they would only be enabling FaceTime over cellular for customers with tiered data plans. This is certainly a nice gesture from the company.

    If you’re an AT&T customer on iOS 6 and have been looking forward to using Apple’s FaceTime over cellular feather on your iPhone, keep an eye out in your cellular settings to see if your FaceTime over cellular setting becomes toggleable for you. Usually you would get a message saying you need to adjust your data plan, however when the feature is enabled for you, you will be able to adjust this setting at your own free will.

    If you’re not on iOS 6, you will still need to rely on jailbreak tweaks such as 3G Unrestrictor 5 to use FaceTime over cellular.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Starts Enabling FaceTime Over Cellular for Customers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      Not working for me.... Yet. I just tried maybe soon?
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Do we have to be on iOS 6 for this to work?

      Hopefully that isn't a stupid question aha.

      Edit: after taking some OTC sleep aids and not reading the article on full yup dumb.
    1. VBLUE42's Avatar
      VBLUE42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Senyaichiya View Post
      Do we have to be on iOS 6 for this to work?

      Hopefully that isn't a stupid question aha.
      Its a very stupid question.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      To my surprise it works for me and I'm on a grandfathered unlimited data plan.
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      I hope this is enabled for me soon. I'd love to be able to use the feature over cellular. Unfortunately it's not working for me just yet.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      AT&T reps (tier 2) told me on Monday that it will not be enabled for six weeks in any markets. They said they are doing it regionally - and that Houston, TX region will be 8-10 weeks out. AT&T sure has been back and forth on this feature.
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Some users that are grandfathered into their unlimited data plans are also reporting that they are able to use the feature, despite the fact that AT&T announced they would only be enabling FaceTime over cellular for customers with tiered data plans. This is certainly a nice gesture from the company.
      It's not a "nice gesture" at all. It's what they should have been doing all along. You're paying for the data so you should be able to do what you want with it.
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Maybe I'm not lucky. No facetime on cellular with unlimited data plan ;(
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Everyone needs to try a full reboot of your phone before reporting back that it doesn't work for you. Any time a change is made on AT&T's end to the functionality of your phone it requires you to fully reboot your phone before the feature will work. So try that before your report here.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      To my surprise it works for me and I'm on a grandfathered unlimited data plan.
      I'm on Unlimited as well but not working for me. On iPhone 5.

      I tried before reboot and after reboot. Hopefully soon...
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      Working here in southern fla.

      On my 4s. Sweet
    1. onski's Avatar
      onski -
      I5 here with unlimited data, doesnt work for me either..
    1. PuertoRoc's Avatar
      PuertoRoc -
      It Been Working For Me For A Long Time Now I Live In New Jersey & I'm On An H2O Unlimited Plan On An iPhone 5 Wit iOS 6 & It's Been Letting Me Use FaceTime Over Cellular Network Without Being Connected To Wifi !!!
    1. tomjtx's Avatar
      tomjtx -
      It's worked for me for at least 3 weeks now. Iphone 5, shared data plan
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      Working for me..., unlimited data on a family plan, iPhone 4s and iOS 6.0.1. Worked only after the second power off and power on.
    1. Zhikilladas's Avatar
      Zhikilladas -
      I just chat with a representative at ATT.
      Please wait for a chat representative to respond.
      You are now chatting with 'Steve Austin'
      Steve Austin: Good morning and thank you for contacting AT&T Chat Support. How can I assist you today?
      You: What do i have to do to enable facetime over my cell network?
      I have an iphone 5 with unlimited data plan (XXXXXX) and an iphone 4 with a 3GB data plan (YYYYYYYY)
      both running ios 6.01
      ???
      Steve Austin: Facetime over cellular would work on Mobile Share data plans and tiered plans on the iPhone 5 and on the iPhone 4S only on the Mobile Share plan. Unfortunately, it would not work with unlimited data plans and the iPhone 4.
      You: ok time to swith to verizon then.
      Thank you.
      Steve Austin: You are very welcome. Have a great day.
      We value your business and thank you for visiting AT&T. You may click the close button to end your session.
      Chat session has been terminated by the site operator.

      He even shut the chat..
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      The only way mine works is...

      I go to settings, try to turn on facetime over cellular, it gives me the "call att" message. Reboot phone and then it works, the slider switch it pushed in the on position.

      BUT as soon as I get on wifi, it turns itself off...

      Turning the WIFI back off, I head back over to facetime settings to re-enable over cellular date - FAIL "call att" message

      This seems to be a bug in the software. At least on my phone. Can anyone else recreate this situation?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      The only way mine works is...

      I go to settings, try to turn on facetime over cellular, it gives me the "call att" message. Reboot phone and then it works, the slider switch it pushed in the on position.

      BUT as soon as I get on wifi, it turns itself off...

      Turning the WIFI back off, I head back over to facetime settings to re-enable over cellular date - FAIL "call att" message

      This seems to be a bug in the software. At least on my phone. Can anyone else recreate this situation?
      I turned it on let the pop up come up and then rebooted and its still on for me wifi or not. Haven't checked to see if it works.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      And unlike Anthony reports in the article -FaceBreak no longer works - at least not on 5.1.1 4S.. Cydia states incompatible.
    1. srchino's Avatar
      srchino -
      Working for me here in Berkeley CA, iPhone 5 with unlimited data