Ever since Apple made the announcement that iOS 6 will see FaceTime move away from the confinements of WiFi availability, many iPhone owners have been hungry an answer as to how the U.S. carriers will handle video calling on their 3G networks. So far, carriers have remained silent on this matter.
However, a new discovery found inside of the iOS 6 beta 3 (which was released yesterday) shows evidence that when activating FaceTime over a 3G data connection, users are told, “To Enable Facetime over cellular on this account contact AT&T 661 or visit the AT&T’s website.” AT&T offers its customers a separate plan to use Personal Hotspot on its cellular network, and it seems the company will apply a similar program for FaceTime over 3G.
AT&T has issued a statement claiming they’re “… working closely with Apple on features disclosed for the iOS 6, and we’ll share more information with our customers as we get closer to launch.” It remains to be seen if carriers will charge customers for the feature or rely on their tiered data plans offerings to help heavy-data users shift to higher-cost plans.
Many iPhone users have been FaceTime fucntionality over a cellular connection ever since since the technology debuted on the iPhone 4. Now that many iOS owners got their wish in iOS 6, it would be a bitter pill to swallow if it’s subject to limitations imposed by the carriers themselves.