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While iPhone users can make FaceTime connections over Wi-Fi, they can’t do so over the cellular network. But starting with the release of iOS 6, AT&T will open cellular FaceTime access to customers who add on its new Mobile Share data plan.

The announcement of the carrier’s new shared plan, which will be available starting August 23rd, addresses previous concerns that AT&T would charge extra for customers to use the video call app that runs on the iPhone 4, 4S, and the most current iPad. FaceTime video connections can now be made for free between between these devices for no extra charge, but only through a Wi-Fi connection.

With next iOS update, AT&T’s Mobile Share plan will not only allow for video chatting, it will also enable customers on the same plan to share unlimited data packages, including text, photo, and video across devices. This includes gaming devices, USB modems, laptops, and pad devices.  The Mobile Share data plan, however, might not be useful for single user customers who are not sharing their plans with family members or colleagues. In effect, these customers will have to pay for a shared data service in order to use FaceTime over cellular network.

The other major iPhone carrier, Sprint, will not charge for FaceTime for its U.S. customers, according to Macrumors.com. Verizon, though, has not yet indicated if its customers will be charged for video conversing. AT&T customers can log into their accounts and select the Mobile Share Planner to get an estimate the current data usage across all their devices per month.

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Source: Macrumors

  1. vaibhav
    August 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    plz help me fast my phone is now in switoff condition

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Sorry, viabhav, I don't have enough information to solve the problem of your phone.

  2. vaibhav
    August 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

    samsung wave 525 logo hanging problem how to solve
    when i was going to start my phone it will show the bada logo & Restart again plz help how to solve this problem am not able to start my phone

  3. VictorGeis
    August 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I never understood why companies make it difficult for someone to use FaceTime over their already paid for data plan. It seems a little unfair to restrict how you can use the internet service that you invested in.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Victor, it's all about the bottom line. I'm sure they will say that video chat costs more for the company.

  4. Tug Ricks
    August 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I wonder how much data gets eaten by say, an hour of Facetime?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Good question, Tug. Luckily, I have don't know anyone, including my family, that I would want to do an hour worth of FaceTime with. Of course, if I were still in high school, perhaps so.

  5. Oblongpie
    August 19, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Wow - AT&T charging for something already paid for - like your normal data plan - how surprising

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Yep, good point.

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