Facetime is hardly the practical choice when it comes to making a phone call. If you do it often, then you’ve probably acclimated to the experience, but otherwise it can be distracting and prevent the conversation from humming along. And although Facetime calls, or video chat isn’t what it was predicted to be in the late 80s, it can be very useful in the right circumstance.
Yesterday, AT&T announced that you’ll soon be able to make Facetime calls to anyone with an iPhone using their cellular data network. That doesn’t account for Verizon or Sprint, but as far as AT&T is concerned, have at it.
Facetime calls by way of a cellular connection had been previously available, but only to the select few that had a LTE device (iPhone 5) and a Mobile Share Plan. That said, you’ll still need a tiered data plan, so presumably those with an iPhone Unlimited Data plan will be barred from using the service, though it should be interesting to see if AT&T is capable of parsing these customers accordingly. Facetime over WiFi will continue to work regardless of what device and plan you have, but you know as well as I do that the times you need something the most is when you can’t use it.
According to AT&T, they’ve already begun updating their system accordingly and will start rolling out the functionality to customers in the next few weeks.