May 20 AT 9:59 PM Nick Gray 19 Comments

AT&T to enable video chat over cellular connection on all applications by year end


While Google Hangouts has a few flaws, there are countless things it does right. Besides group messaging, video calling is probably one of the most compelling features of Google’s new messaging app. We’ve taken video calls out for a spin a few times and it’s worked flawlessly in nearly every situation. The only time the service did not work was when we tried a video call with a friend who owns an iPhone on AT&T. We could take a jab at Apple, but the issue lies with AT&T’s policies regarding video calling on its 3G and 4G network.

As of now, Apple, Samsung and Blackberry are the only companies which have approved pre-installed applications which can operate on AT&T’s Mobile Share or Tiered plans. But things are about to change. Starting in mid-June, those same applications will also be able to make video calls on unlimited LTE plans with all pre-loaded video chat apps gaining access to AT&T’s network by the end of this year.

It’s nice to see AT&T change its stance on video calling, but we’re sure you’d agree that they’re a little late to the game.

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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.

Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is expected to be complete by yearend.

Today, all of our customers can use any mobile video chat app that they download from the Internet, such as Skype.

Source: The Verge

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Adryan maldonado

    oh my goodness. At&t is finally going to stop being a jerk about these voice chat services. Better late than never i guess.

    • Richard Yarrell

      At&t sucks monkey balls regardless of this. They have piss poor data plans and are one of worst carriers in updating handsets. Matters of fact At&t and Verizon both equally suck monkey balls.

      • Max.Steel

        Why are you so full of $h!t? A few months ago, you thought Verizon was the best now they suck monkey balls?

      • squiddy20

        Seriously? A year ago you were pretty much on Verizon’s “monkey balls”, and no other carrier was or could ever be better. What a bandwagon jumping moron.

      • snowbdr89

        So far we know dick has a s**t an monkey balls fetish!! Creepy bastard

    • Paul

      I’m confused. Just a few days ago I was in a store skyping with my wife. I have Skype on my AT&T Galaxy Note II and it worked perfectly. I didn’t even know AT&T was blocking video apps.

  • donger

    About time they listen.

  • Helen

    Wow! AT&T, way to go! We will be able to see someone while chatting. Only 2-3 YEARS behind other carriers.


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  • NasLAU

    Hmm. That explains why I couldn’t do a video hangout. It kept telling me to get on wifi. I don’t remember having that problem before the Hangouts update.

  • Nich

    everyone should read this article again and more closely.

    “able to make video calls on unlimited LTE plans with all PRE-LOADED video chat apps”

    At&T still controls what video call apps are PRE-LOADED on their phones …. and Google Hangouts is not pre-loaded.


    • Jimmy_Jo

      I think Google Talk is pre-loaded so since Hangouts is just an update to Google Talk anyone on AT&T should be okay…

  • swauger

    Why wouldn’t they allow it? If I’m correct, video chat’s eat up data. The more data you use, the more revenue they bring in. AT&T has to higher more greedy bastards like the ones at Verizon.

    • Droid Sam

      The issue is that AT&T has a horrible bandwidth issue. They are afraid that people will consume some much bandwidth with video calling that it could crash the network.

      • swauger

        That’s a good reason.

  • 5orth

    Simply use skype on the new xbox one instead

  • Daniel

    The funny thing is that if you have and iPhone 5 you can use Facetime over AT&T’s network, and they also told me that 1min equals 1mg.

  • Daniel

    We,your spanish friends are not interested in your junk……te lo puedes meter por el culo.

  • Paul

    I’m confused. Just a few days ago I was in a store skyping with my wife. I have Skype on my AT&T Galaxy Note II and it worked perfectly. I didn’t even know AT&T was blocking video apps.