Codebreaker

Dollar signs over time with your face

Marc Sanchez Jul 17, 2012

Finishing touches are being added to the next incarnation of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS6. One of the features people are excited about has to do with the video-chat app FaceTime, which currently works only on Wi-Fi networks. With the update, however, FaceTimers will be able to see each other over 3G networks (gobbling up data while doing so).

 

Reports are coming out today that AT&T may want to charge extra, if people want to use the app on its network. People over at the Apple geek blog 9to5Mac have been playing around with a beta version of iOS6 and posted a picture of the error message they got when trying to make a 3G FaceTime call. The message reads: “To enable FaceTime over cellular on this account, contact AT&T at 611 or http://www.att.com/mywireless.” This is the same message that appears when you try to set up an AT&T Personal Hotspot, a service for which the company charges extra.

According to 9to5Mac: “We attempted to bring up the same error message when enabling the FaceTime over Cellular feature on a Verizon iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular, but the feature enabled without an issue.”

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