updated 08:58 pm EDT, Mon June 17, 2013
Nine states confirmed for video chat activation
According to reports, AT&T has commenced the effort to enable Apple FaceTime support and Google+ video chat for all customers on its cellular network, not just those on a capped mobile sharing plan. The move starts to fulfill a promise the company made in May to allow customers even on grandfathered "unlimited Internet" plans to use the service.
AT&T's statement in May said that "for video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we'll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers."
AppleInsider notes that they have reports of service accessibility from parts of New York, Maryland, Georgia, Hawaii, and California. MacNN has confirmed functionality of FaceTime over previously unsupported LTE and HSPA+ in parts of North Carolina, Northern Virginia (but not Richmond or Hampton Roads), Georgia, and Florida. Both LTE and HSPA+ devices have the capability enabled.