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AT&T finally allows Google Hangouts over cellular, though not for everyone

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 27, 2013.

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AT&T was the only carrier that blocked Google Hangouts when the revamped video and text messaging service launched in May. The carrier quickly issued a statement saying it would support video calling over 3G and 4G networks but it never delivered on the promise - until now. Following three months of waiting, AT&T customers are finally starting to be able to connect with Google Hangouts without having to be on a Wi-Fi connection.

Hangouts recently was updated to address a few other issues, but some users noticed that the app supported video calling over AT&T's cellular network, which led to an initial wave of excitement. However, not every device and account is capable of accessing the feature at the moment. AT&T is enabling Hangouts over cellular in stages over the coming months, so not everyone will be able to connect to each other immediately. It might actually be a long wait before you're able to see the feature enabled according to a statement AT&T given to Engadget:

"This makes sense given what we've shared before: Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is underway and expected to be complete by year end."

source: Engadget, via: Phone Arena

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