FaceTime Over Cellular Reportedly Working For All AT&T Customers – Is It Working For You?


Couple of weeks back, AT&T announced that it will allow customers of LTE devices such as iPhone 5 to use FaceTime over cellular—if they were on a tired data or Mobile Share plan. The rollout was planned to take 8-10 weeks to move across the subscriber base. But AT&T customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans were left out.

MacRumors now reports that AT&T seems to be allowing FaceTime over cellular even for customers on the grandfathered unlimited data plans.

According to MacRumors, one of its forum users with unlimited data plans was able to use FaceTime over cellular. The forum member had this to say:

In a recent thread we were discussing AT&T members getting facetime with LTE devices and tiered plans. However I noticed today that I have facetime over cellular and I have an unlimited plan on my 5.

I just turned off my other phone, a 4S and turned it back on, only to find the switch flipped to ON for facetime over cellular. Both phones work perfectly over cellular.

I also checked a few coworkers phones, all now have FT over cellular.

Based on this MacRumors discussion thread, FaceTime over cellular seems to be working for a number of users with the grandfathered unlimited data plans, though some users have also reported that it did not work for them, which seems to suggest that AT&T is still in the process of rolling it out in some areas.

Some users are reporting that they had to restart their iPhone to use Apple’s video calling feature over cellular. So give it a shot and let us know if FaceTime over cellular is working for you.

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  • http://twitter.com/uav_loki6 uav_loki6

    not working in delaware :(

    • Danny Kennedy

      I am using Iphone 5 still not working. I already call ATT customer service they just said its not all customer working now, only unlimited data plans should be working but someone did not. I’m think ATT have a bugs issue, the Iphone 5 with the best options FaceTime together family iphone Apple design the iphone 5 should be working Wifi / & data plans, that the best options. You should be not need upgrade the data plans to unlimited its should be working with any data plans.

  • Bob

    Not working in Dallas.

  • Rman

    Not working in Miami

  • Wa7ly

    Working in Indiana

  • http://www.facebook.com/rolynn719 Roy Swartz

    Not working here!! Colorado Springs!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rolynn719 Roy Swartz

    One more reason I can’t wait for a Jailbreak!!

  • RW

    Working for me!!! Very cool! I just turned my phone off and back on and it worked! I can’t believe it! Thanks AT&T for doing the right thing for your customers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rolynn719 Roy Swartz


  • Kurtec

    I haven’t used FaceTime since Skype came out. Am I missing something here or are you?

    • lonewaffle

      Skype’s call quality has been terrible compared to FaceTime in my experience.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashur-DeKelaita/1239794 Ashur DeKelaita

        Try skype

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerzy-Gustek/100001399536143 Jerzy Gustek

      Also, the sluggishness of the Skype comparing to snappiness of FT…
      Also, Skype drains battery as well being in the background.

  • RickerPCtech

    Not in PA either

  • bob

    not working in Toledo,OH

  • Sammy

    Not working for me in Puerto Rico. :-(

  • iPhone5Fu

    Not working in ft.lauderdale :-(

  • AT&T Rapes Me

    Phone had a weak signal where I usually have all bars also
    Had weak wifi, turned off back on and it’s turned on!
    By the way I’m in OH1O. Thanks for everyone who signed the petition I think it worked!

  • Mechmix

    Not working here in NJ.

  • Grayson

    Working here in Georgia

  • Mason

    Not working in MA

  • http://twitter.com/LivingAudio2 Reciery Rivas

    Working in Maryland, turned my phone off and on and it was available

  • http://twitter.com/divinelyplaced Tara Wiese

    Sprint here. I did facetime over Cellular on Monday, it worked but it wasn’t a good picture it was not fluid kind of froze. But works in a pinch.

  • Scott42

    Not working in DC. I turned my phone off then back on and the setting was on. But when I tried to use it, it didn’t work and was asking for a WiFi network. :-(

  • Robt11b

    Not working in Charlotte, NC

  • Itsyaboy

    Working for me on grandfatherd unlimited data plan NY

  • Dusty

    Not working in Akron Ohio with an unlimited data plan

  • Zathrak

    Not working in southwest Michigan. AT&T grandfathered iPhone 5.

  • Macsimos

    It’s not working in the Tampa Bay Area, FL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bustanuthead Jason Perkins

    Working in central California with grandfathered in unlimited plan with iPhone 5

  • sidenine

    Working for me in Denver metro area. Maybe it’s not geo-specific, maybe it’s dependent on your account with AT&T in some way. Like if they were activating older accounts first, then making their way toward newer accounts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Y2guru Dave Paterson

    Not working in Richardson, tx

  • Jorg3

    After reading this thread I rebooted my iPhone 5 and surprisingly face time is enabled. I’m from Puerto Rico

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aznboyz9232 Phong Chung

    My 4s is work but not on iPhone 5

  • pdla

    Not working in Los Angeles. I have a grandfathered unlimited plan.

  • Severin

    Working in CT.

  • Steven M

    Working on grandfathered unlimited plan on iPhone 5 in Houston, TX. I turned my phone off and then turned it back on a few minutes later. The Use Cellular data option was then turned on by default. Awesome!

  • scottnj1966

    Does not work in Titusville, FL

  • stephcout

    Rebooted my iphone 5 in Los Angeles and it works great (grandfathered Unlimited plan)

  • Highhorse

    Not working in Baltimore.

  • David Maffris

    No go for me in Boston

  • Guest

    Not working on my iPad mini with cellular. I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan. Is it suppose to include LTE iPads too?

  • Vincent Jimenez

    Not working on my iPad mini with cellular in Los Angeles. I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan. Is it suppose to include LTE iPads too?

  • Vincent Jimenez

    Not working on my iPad mini with cellular in los angeles. I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan. Is it suppose to include LTE iPads too?

  • Apple

    I just rebooted my 5 and it was ENABLED on my grandfather unlimited plan in NJ =)))

  • Ryan

    It took me 2 reboots in Louisville but its working

  • iMikeyB

    Working for me in Denver, CO also… I guess we are one of the lucky ones – Grandfathered unlimited data plan with AT&T :-)