After leaving the their customers twisting in the wind, AT&T has announced that they will support FaceTime calls over cellular (a feature coming in iOS 6) on their network. However, customers will be required to be on one of the company’s new Mobile Share data plans.
Speaking of which, AT&T’s new Mobile Share data plans will become available on August 23rd, and allows a customer to share an allotment of data across multiple devices. So, you buy an allotment of data, and then for a price, tack on more devices that will be accessing this data pool. Here’s AT&T’s official statement on the matter:
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. 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.
Verizon has made no comment as to whether they will be charging users to access this feature, or offering a similar deal as AT&T. Sprint, my carrier of choice, has announced that they will not be charging their customers to use FaceTime over 3G. Then again, good luck finding 3G speeds from Sprint that won’t make a FaceTime call stutter like an old-timey slideshow.