AT&T just announced that its customers will soon be able to place FaceTime calls over its 3G network. There’s a small catch, however; those interested in doing so will be required to have a subscription to one of AT&T’s new Mobile Share data plans.
The feature will not work over 3G if you’re currently subscribed to AT&T’s older, non-Mobile Share plans, so it’s pretty clear that AT&T is trying to entice new and existing subscribers to its new subscription options with incentives such as this.
“AT&T will offer FaceTime over Cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans, which were created to meet customers’ growing data needs at a great value,” an AT&T spokesperson told TechnoBuffalo. “With Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers.” The spokesperson didn’t say when the option would be available, but we imagine it will hit when the plans launch on August 23.
The nice thing about AT&T’s offering over Verizon’s, you can still keep your existing data plan if you don’t want to take advantage of the Mobile Share offering, or don’t care for FaceTime. We’re pretty happy there isn’t a fee involved, as early rumors had suggested.