AT&T has just announced that it won’t be charging for FaceTime over cellular feature in iOS 6, but will require customers to be on one of its new Mobile Share data plans to be able to use the feature.
Back in June, when Apple announced that FaceTime – the video calling feature will be work even over cellular networks with iOS 6, we noted that carriers were quiet about offering the feature on their networks.
We got even more suspicious when AT&T customers got an error message in iOS 6 beta, while trying to activating FaceTime over cellular networks.
The error message indicated that AT&T was planning to charge users for using FaceTime over cellular network as it was similar to the one given to AT&T customers who wish to enable the data tethering feature. AT&T did not deny it. AT&T’s CEO said that “it’s too early to talk about pricing.”
MacRumors reports that AT&T has now issued the following statement clarifying their stance on the issue:
AT&T will offer FaceTime over Cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans, which were created to meet customers’ growing data needs at a great value. With Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers.
It means that FaceTime over cellular won’t be available to AT&T customers on the grandfathered unlimited data plans or the DataPlus and DataPro tiered data plans.
The new Mobile Share Data plans, which were announced in July, will launch on August 24th.
Meanwhile, Sprint has said that it has no plans to charge their iPhone customers additional fees for using FaceTime over their network as it considers it part of customer’s existing data package. Verizon has declined to comment on the matter, but we won’t be surprised if it follows AT&T’s footsteps.
Will you switch to the Mobile Share data plans to use FaceTime over cellular in iOS 6? Tell us in the comments below.