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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. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      And unlike Anthony reports in the article -FaceBreak no longer works - at least not on 5.1.1 4S.. Cydia states incompatible.
      Try "3G Unrestrictor5" it will do the job for ya.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Nothin' in Philly yet.
      I'm in Philly... Works for me!
    1. Southern128's Avatar
      Southern128 -
      This is good news for none jailbreakers but for the jailbreak community, what's new. We already had this a couple of years ago and this only add support for FaceTime over 3G. What about apps that require wifi to be used. So in the long run, jailbreakers will end up using 3g unrestrictor or another tweak similar to that. Apple always trying to steal ideas from jailbreak tweaks like they come up with it them selves.
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      I'm in north of GA with unlimited data iphone5 6.0.1 and NO facetime in cellular. Reboot isn't working at all ;(
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      Data throttling, Slower speeds. Horrible tech support, dropped calls due to bad service, congested networks. I could do this too. I didn't bash AT&T. I just stated I like Verizon better. You sound a little butt hurt

      PS. Last time I checked, my plan is actually cheaper than my friends on AT&T. The plans are comparable in price FYI
      I agree with only one of your points - dropped calls. I haven't gone past 3 gb so have never experienced throttling. I get 25 mbps on LTE. I dont think that's slow. What's your LTE speed? AT&T has unlocked my 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S. Plus I've never paid more than $200 for any iPhone including 5. Never paid upgrade fee or activation fee. I can get to a live person in under 30 seconds. How about u?

      mod edit/comment removed
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
      I'm in Philly... Works for me!
      What works? This thread has now started to talk about 2 things - LTE availability or unrestricted 3G for FaceTime. Which are you saying is working in Philly for you? And on what phone and iOS?

      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I've been with AT&T for 9 years and they'll suck my d1ck if I tell em to.
      Now THAT'S service!
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I agree with only one of your points - dropped calls. I haven't gone past 3 gb so have never experienced throttling. I get 25 mbps on LTE. I dont think that's slow. What's your LTE speed? AT&T has unlocked my 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S. Plus I've never paid more than $200 for any iPhone including 5. Never paid upgrade fee or activation fee. I can get to a live person in under 30 seconds. How about u?
      I'm a heavy data user, I have the 4 GB data plan from Verizon which I almost Max out monthly, so I would be throttled on AT&T, I didn't say slow, I said slower, I average 30-35 MB/S on LTE. But where I'm located (suburbs of twin cities) my 2 friends who have i5's on AT&T just got LTE last week. I've had it since I got the phone. With unlocking, I've never even tried to unlock my phone because I have never gone anywhere in which I needed to. I've paid $300 for ever iPhone because I get the 32 GB model always, but the activation fee or upgrade fee I've never been charged for. I just always extend my contract another 2 years and get all those fees waived. And when I said tech support, Verizon has shipped me numerous replacement phones at no charge if/when I crack my phone get water damage etc. And I do not have that insurance plan from Verizon and I also do not have apple care. With the last statement, if you had some hot representative suck you off. Man all props to you I would be jealous, that's A+ customer care .
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      What works? This thread has now started to talk about 2 things - LTE availability or unrestricted 3G for FaceTime. Which are you saying is working in Philly for you? And on what phone and iOS?

      Now THAT'S service!
      I have an i5, my Wife has the 4s & my son has the i4. Both my Wife & I are running iOS 6.0.1 & my son is on 6.0. We chose AT&T because they're the only service provider that works underground. We're all able to FaceTime with each other at anytime, though the FaceTime calls do tend to freeze/drop while I'm underground on the train sometimes(mainly i guess because it switches from LTE to 4G repeatedly)
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Quote Originally Posted by VBLUE42 View Post
      Its a very stupid question.
      It's not because if your not on iOS 6 it means your on iOS 5 (or maybe below but that's irrelevant just stick with me here) which means you can jailbreak. As you may or may not know jailbreakers have had Facetime over cellular since what feels like forever...
    1. srchino's Avatar
      srchino -
      Quote Originally Posted by srchino View Post
      Working for me here in Berkeley CA, iPhone 5 with unlimited data
      I spoke to soon, now is disabled damn you AT&T
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      Just got disabled for me too. It showed as enabled for iOS 6.0.1 on iPhone 5 yesterday and now it's disabled with the same lame prompt when I try to enable it.

      Ill try a reboot.

      Nope. Still disabled. Major bummer!
    1. djmelee's Avatar
      djmelee -
      For all the people Jailbroken on IOS5

      There is no need to install any app from Cydia, just a simple edit to the .plist in Springboard.app solves this, see here:

      How to Enable Native FaceTime Over 3G Feature in iOS 5

      Also, Reboot after the edit (it doesn't state that in the instructions)
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgunaca View Post
      Just got disabled for me too. It showed as enabled for iOS 6.0.1 on iPhone 5 yesterday and now it's disabled with the same lame prompt when I try to enable it.

      Ill try a reboot.

      Nope. Still disabled. Major bummer!
      Yep, same thing here (when I was actually going to use it)... I'm hoping that they did it because they didn't want to have the sudden huge spike from thanksgiving traffic.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by djmelee View Post
      For all the people Jailbroken on IOS5

      There is no need to install any app from Cydia, just a simple edit to the .plist in Springboard.app solves this, see here:

      How to Enable Native FaceTime Over 3G Feature in iOS 5

      Also, Reboot after the edit (it doesn't state that in the instructions)
      Strong warning to everyone - the above method does not work reliably for everyone and caused a boot loop for several and a bricked phone for another person. 3G Unrestrictor Tweak is way better and safer for $3.99.
    1. mrrom92's Avatar
      mrrom92 -
      When I read this here last week, I rebooted; and the switch was toggleable. I was so happy!

      Now, the switch is back off and gives me the usual message when I touch it. What gives?

      64gb iPhone 5, unlimited AT&T plan.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Is this still working for those that were able to turn it on? Anyone else having any luck turning theirs on? I've been trying periodically and still get the pop-up to call AT&T when I try.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Is this still working for those that were able to turn it on? Anyone else having any luck turning theirs on? I've been trying periodically and still get the pop-up to call AT&T when I try.
      Same here I keep getting denied
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Is this still working for those that were able to turn it on? Anyone else having any luck turning theirs on? I've been trying periodically and still get the pop-up to call AT&T when I try.
      It was on initially when the news was announced then a day after it went back to off. Enabling it only give the same old pop-up telling you how to contact ATT.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Does anyone know if Philadelphia has LTE with AT&T yet?