The grass grows, paint dries, and a US cellular provider makes a decision that’s hostile to their users in order to make slightly more money. AT&T has officially made the following statement:
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.
In other words, you’ll need to “upgrade” to a Mobile Share plan in order to use a feature which will be standard on every other carrier that the iPhone is available on – even Verizon. For the majority of users, the Mobile Share plans are more expensive, and you will automatically lose any unlimited data plan that you were previously grandfathered in on.
With the new iPhone, and the release of iOS 6, looming in the near feature, it’s interesting that AT&T is willing to handicap such a visible feature that is available on literally every one of their competitors. Still, if you need another reason to leave AT&T, this might be it.