+ Reply
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 21

Your favorite Apple, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Jailbreak, and Cydia site.


Thread: AT&T Will Allow FaceTime Over Cellular for iOS 6 Users With Tiered Data Plans

is a discussion within the

iPhone News

forums, a part of the

General iPhone

section;
Several Weeks ago, AT&T had begun enabling FaceTime over cellular for numerous subscribers to the carrier’s network. It was a prerequisite that the device needed to be LTE-capable and running
...
  1. #1
    MMi Staff Writer Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    6,811
    Thanks
    198
    Thanked 983 Times in 724 Posts

    Default AT&T Will Allow FaceTime Over Cellular for iOS Users With Tiered Data Plans


    Several Weeks ago, AT&T had begun enabling FaceTime over cellular for numerous subscribers to the carrier’s network. It was a prerequisite that the device needed to be LTE-capable and running iOS 6 to take advantage of the feature. This would mean Apple’s latest iPhone 5 and latest LTE-capable iPads would be the only candidates for FaceTime over cellular on AT&T’s network.

    AT&T has announced Wednesday afternoon that they will be allowing all iOS 6 device users capable of FaceTime functionality, and who are linked to tiered data plan subscriptions, to use FaceTime over AT&T’s cellular network. The announcement does not make any mention of unlimited data plan subscribers, in what might be an attempt to get people to sign up with tiered data plans.

    This includes the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and the iPad 2, which aren't LTE devices, but can all connect to AT&T’s cellular network, have front-facing cameras, and can run iOS 6. iOS 6 is a requirement since iOS 6 is the first version of iOS to come native with the ability to enable FaceTime over cellular without the need for a jailbreak to do so.

    AT&T says that the roll out will once again be slow and gradual, because they want to be able to examine the impact on their cellular performance since their goal is to provide a great mobile experience for their customers. The roll out will be free for everyone involved and the feature will be enabled automatically for users.

    Sources: AT&T via 9to5Mac

  2. #2
    Green Apple Evaded's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    75
    Thanks
    30
    Thanked 9 Times in 6 Posts

    I'm on a mobile share plan, and it's already working on my 4S.

  3. #3
    MMi Staff Writer Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    6,811
    Thanks
    198
    Thanked 983 Times in 724 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Evaded View Post
    I'm on a mobile share plan, and it's already working on my 4S.
    Shared data plans have had the feature even before AT&T released it for LTE iOS devices.

    They used to limit it to the shared data plans only.

  4. #4
    Green Apple Evaded's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    75
    Thanks
    30
    Thanked 9 Times in 6 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
    Shared data plans have had the feature even before AT&T released it for LTE iOS devices.

    They used to limit it to the shared data plans only.
    You're correct, I just switched to the mobile share last week and hadn't thought about that. I didn't have it prior to that.

  5. #5
    My iPhone is a Part of Me vinaygoel2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    747
    Thanks
    396
    Thanked 76 Times in 61 Posts

    I'm calling FCC today. I had filed a complaint with FCC more than 40 days ago and AT&T hasn't called me so I'll be calling FCC to check on the status. Per FCC's website, "The FCC will coordinate with the service provider identified in your complaint. If you do not hear back from your service provider within 40 days, please call us at the telephone number below with your tracking number for a status check."

    I'm on unlimited data plan on iPhone 5.

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to vinaygoel2000 For This Useful Post:

    EdgeNsketch (01-17-2013)

  7. #6
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    258
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    I hate AT&T.

  8. #7
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    207
    Thanks
    41
    Thanked 30 Times in 22 Posts

    From a grandfathered unlimited plan user's point of view, ATT is still the douchebag of cell carriers.

  9. #8
    What's Jailbreak? barret752004's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    I am on the unlimited data plan and tried t get them to enable this feature on my iphone 5. They told me this feature was not available on my plan and would have to convert to a tiered data plan. So sad. Can't wait for the jailbreak.

  10. #9
    Livin the iPhone Life steve-z17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    2,233
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 141 Times in 121 Posts

    I just checked my iPhone 5 and it automatically switched me over to use FT over cellular....don't know how but-sweet!

  11. #10
    My iPhone is a Part of Me vinaygoel2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    747
    Thanks
    396
    Thanked 76 Times in 61 Posts

    Spoke with FCC. AT&T responded to my complaint but their response was stupid talking about FaceTime is available on LTE capable devices on iOS 6. I mentioned that I have a LTE capable iPhone 5 on iOS 6 but FaceTime doesn't work. And that AT&T is forcing me to downgrade my data plan. So the helpful rep escalated my complaint to a higher level. I'll update in two weeks.

  12. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to vinaygoel2000 For This Useful Post:

    EdgeNsketch (01-17-2013), Jj2345 (01-16-2013)

  13. #11
    My iPhone is a Part of Me Jj2345's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    501
    Thanks
    402
    Thanked 137 Times in 100 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
    Spoke with FCC. AT&T responded to my complaint but their response was stupid talking about FaceTime is available on LTE capable devices on iOS 6. I mentioned that I have a LTE capable iPhone 5 on iOS 6 but FaceTime doesn't work. And that AT&T is forcing me to downgrade my data plan. So the helpful rep escalated my complaint to a higher level. I'll update in two weeks.
    Yeah keep us updated,smh att

  14. #12
    My iPhone is a Part of Me TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    New Haven, CT
    Posts
    529
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked 53 Times in 37 Posts

    Yep. I'm on grandfathered in unlimited and it's a no-go on my iPhone 5. To top it off I can't maintain a wifi connection in my house on this device only. 2 swaps later, still a problem. That combined with no jailbreak is a real drag.

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to TheDirtyDiddler For This Useful Post:

    Jj2345 (01-16-2013)

  16. #13
    iPhoneaholic Norb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Mountain View, California
    Posts
    407
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 51 Times in 31 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
    Spoke with FCC. AT&T responded to my complaint but their response was stupid talking about FaceTime is available on LTE capable devices on iOS 6. I mentioned that I have a LTE capable iPhone 5 on iOS 6 but FaceTime doesn't work. And that AT&T is forcing me to downgrade my data plan. So the helpful rep escalated my complaint to a higher level. I'll update in two weeks.
    This was the conclusion of my Better Business Bureau complaint:
    "The FCC's net neutrality rules do not regulate the availability to customers of applications that are preloaded on phones."

    Maybe Apple should not include it on their phone...
    Last edited by Norb; 01-16-2013 at 07:50 PM.

  17. #14
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    155
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 13 Times in 9 Posts

    What's AT&T's logic here? As longer standing customers we get the shaft, again. One may argue that we, because we have unlimited data, can abuse the service more than others. Yet there's still a 5GB limit on my plan before it's throttled and the feature is rendered unusable.

  18. #15
    iPhoneaholic Norb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Mountain View, California
    Posts
    407
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 51 Times in 31 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by severe View Post
    What's AT&T's logic here? As longer standing customers we get the shaft, again. One may argue that we, because we have unlimited data, can abuse the service more than others. Yet there's still a 5GB limit on my plan before it's throttled and the feature is rendered unusable.
    Their logic is that they want unlimited users off of unlimited data so they are trying to find any legal way to make their limited plans look appealing.

  19. #16
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Covina, CA
    Posts
    263
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts

    This is the prefect example why consumers shouldn't rely on Carrier subsidies! If everybody and their pets are locked in 2-year contracts, what incentive do Carriers have to lower monthly cost???

  20. #17
    My iPhone is a Part of Me thevmax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    West Milwaukee
    Posts
    587
    Thanks
    9
    Thanked 36 Times in 28 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by severe View Post
    What's AT&T's logic here? As longer standing customers we get the shaft, again. One may argue that we, because we have unlimited data, can abuse the service more than others. Yet there's still a 5GB limit on my plan before it's throttled and the feature is rendered unusable.
    I think the logic is: AT&T doesn't make any more money on unlimited plans. So they switch you to a tiered plan where they are guaranteed to make more money! More Money! More Money!

  21. #18
    Green Apple Evaded's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    75
    Thanks
    30
    Thanked 9 Times in 6 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
    Shared data plans have had the feature even before AT&T released it for LTE iOS devices.

    They used to limit it to the shared data plans only.
    Doesn't work on my wife's iPhone 4, but does on my 4S. Both are on the same Mobile Share plan....

    Under settings on the 4 it doesn't even give you the option to enable FaceTime over cellular. Both phones are running iOS 6.0.1. When I attempt to make a FaceTime call with her 4 it tells me to join a wifi spot, when I try to FaceTime her with my 4S it says she is unavailable to FaceTime at this time.

  22. #19
    iPhoneaholic bmwraw8482's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    478
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 57 Times in 38 Posts

    It's worth switching to Verizon (they actually have lte coverage) and giving up your unlimited data. Just be careful. AT&T will try to stick with a bill for the whole month, even after you cancel their service. This would never even be news for Verizon since they've allowed it from the start.

  23. #20
    huh? wiipro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Posts
    176
    Thanks
    24
    Thanked 9 Times in 7 Posts

    Meh!

Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts