News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 16, 2013.
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AT&T has added support for FaceTime over Cellular to customers who own an Apple iPhone 4S tied to a tiered data plan. AT&T previously made FaceTime over Cellular, an Apple iOS 6 feature that supports video calls over a 3G or 4G connection instead of just Wi-Fi like previous iterations, available only to customers with a Mobile Share plan. The company eventually relented and increased availability to users with LTE devices or tiered data after facing pressure from the FCC.
Though AT&T expanded support to more devices like the iPhone 4S, which is not an LTE-capable smartphone, it has yet to make FaceTime over Cellular readily available to all users. Language in its announcement suggests that AT&T will requirs that customers have a Mobile Share Plan, LTE device, or tiered data plan, so iPhone 4S owners with a grandfathered unlimited data plan may not be able to make FaceTime video calls unless they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. There's a chance that might not be an issue because AT&T previously enabled support even for iPhone 5 users who had unlimited data.
AT&T plans to begin rolling out updates to affected devices "in the next couple of weeks." The update will be automatic and will not require any action from consumers.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.