AT&T To Unblock FaceTime Over Cellular Connections

Posted May 21, 2013

AT&T is no longer blocking Apple FaceTime video chatting over cellphone signals.  The company is also going to support pre-loaded video chat apps over LTE without service plan restrictions.  These changes will be made before the end of the year.  AT&T will allow FaceTime video chats on their data network only for subscribers on shared family data plans.

“For video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we’ll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers,” said AT&T in a statement.  “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 expected to be complete by year end.”

People that do not have an unlimited data plan can use FaceTime over a cellphone network by the end of the year.  In the past AT&T blocked Apple FaceTime and other video chat apps from working on their data networks.  However AT&T recently started to allow FaceTime over LTE only for family plans subscribers.

This will also benefit people that want to use the Google Hangout app and Skype.