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.