In an effort to rake up overage charges, AT&T will start charging its customers for the FaceTime calls made over 3G network when iOS 6 is publicly available for download. Prior to iOS 6, FaceTime was a Wi-Fi-only service but iOS 6 will axe that restriction and make it possible to send video calls over a mobile data network.
The AT&T version of the iOS 6 beta 3 software update is giving users the following message when trying to activate FaceTime over 3G cellular network. If you recall, the error message is almost similar to one given to AT&T users who wish to activate data tethering without a compatible data plan. AT&T requires users to pay for a separate tethering data plan to enable that feature.
To enable FaceTime over cellular on this account, contact AT&T at 611 or visit http://www.att.com/mywireless
Given that the FaceTime will likely increase the amount of 3G traffic users consume, AT&T will ask its subscribers to pay for an extra data plan. It could be a pay-per-call charge or a flat fee for an “unlimited” usage monthly. Get ready to receive a new line item in your bills for FaceTime 3G calls. Would you pay to use FaceTime over 3G?