AT&T Starts Offering Apple Facetime over Cellular
Published on: 21st Nov 2012
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
USA based AT&T is reportedly rolling out the ability to use Apple's video calling service, Facetime over its cellular network. The rollout also includes users on so called grandfathered plans, which were not originally expected to get the service due to their low payment per MB of data.
AT&T had initially limited the video calling service to users over a Wi-Fi network, citing initially that they were concerned about the bandwidth load it would impose on their cellular networks.
In a blog post earlier this month, AT&T explained the delay noting that as it has far more iPhone users than its rivals, when a new bandwidth hungry service is launched by Apple, then the impact on its network can be greater than other companies might experience.
It has taken about a decade for video-calling on mobile phones to start getting a foothold with consumers though. The expectations that video calling would be hugely popular was one of the underpinning reasons for the high prices paid for 3G licenses by European networks. The service, when launched was generally a flop at the time though.