Saturday, January 19, 2013

AT&T Opens FaceTime to iPhone 4S

One more step towards FaceTime over cellular for all and a more Neutral service by AT&T. The MNO now opens Apple's FaceTime to all subscribers on tiered-plans (i.e not on unlimited plans) even if they use the historical, stone-age iPhone 4S!

The evolution of AT&T FaceTime policy started with the plan to surcharge its use (July '12 - here). Since then AT&T has revised the policy every 3 months:  open to shared-data plans only (Aug '12 - here), open to LTE only on all tiered plans (Nov '12 - here) and the current announcement.

A blog post by Marc Collins (pictured), SVP, Data and Voice Products, explains that "in September 2012, we explained that we wanted to roll it out gradually to ensure the service had minimal impact on the mobile experience for all of our customers. As a result of ongoing testing, we’re announcing AT&T will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device".

See "FaceTime Update" - here.

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