AT&T just made a lot of iPhone and cellular iPad customers very unhappy. The wireless provider has confirmed that owners of those Apple products who want to use the FaceTime chat application on AT&T's network must sign up for the company's new Mobile Share plan.
Engadget received the statement from AT&T, which says:
AT&T will offer FaceTime over Cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans, which were created to meet customers' growing data needs at a great value. With Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will continue to be available over Wi-Fi for all our customers.
The upcoming iOS 6 update would allow wireless providers to support FaceTime on their networks. However, this may be the first indication that the wireless companies that sell iPhones and iPads may try to force customers into signing up for a specific data plan if they want to use FaceTime on their networks.
AT&T will officially launch its shared data plan, under the Mobile Share umbrella branding, on Thursday, August 23rd. So far, there's no word if Verizon or Sprint will follow in AT&T's footsteps. Verizon has already launched its own shared data plans, Share Everything.