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Hangouts Update Allows AT&T Users to Make Video Calls Via Cellular Data

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If you caught the Hangouts update that took place this weekend, and are currently on AT&T, then you can start making video calls using your cellular data. Previously, users on AT&T would need to be connected to a WiFi connection in order to place calls, but that is no longer the case. 

No other carrier placed such restrictions on video calls, but AT&T actually has a history of doing this type of thing. Either way, freedom has come at last.

If you haven’t already, go grab the update through Google Play.

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Cheers Alfonso and Jason!

  • Bob G

    Does not work on unlocked devices using AT&T network(Nexus 4), but if your device was bought from AT&T, then it now works.

    • http://dylandersen.tumblr.com/ dylandersen

      Not entirely true. Moto X on AT&T on 4.2.2 with update is still not working.

  • TylerCameron

    Why was AT&T even able to do this to begin with?
    This is a direct violation of net neutrality.

    • Justin W

      I don’t know that it’s a violation of Net Neutrality, but I think it was definitely a violation of their C Block agreement, wasn’t it?

      • TylerCameron

        AT&T doesn’t own c block spectrum. That’s Verizon.
        Net Neutrality states that all internet data has to be treated the same. That means if you have an internet connection, a service provider isn’t allowed to block certain types of traffic. AT&T is the internet provider here.

        • Justin W

          Got it. So were they sued for it or given a violation by the FTC/whoever governs that, or did they do this of their own free will?

    • Chris Hannan

      Unfortunately it’s not illegal. Net neutrality isn’t a law.

  • Ruben Ali Fuenmayor

    Finally!

  • Will Frame

    I’m on 1.1.2 and see no mention in the changelog about this. Am I missing something?

  • Mayoo

    The need to be on Wifi to do video calls reminds me of something I’ve read a few months back about a company that I hate and is named after a fruit… Can’t remember the name, I hate when this happens!

    Anyways, AT&T is no better.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      That was also an AT&T issue. Nothing to do with Apple.

      • Chris Hannan

        If it had nothing to do with Apple, then why is it that the iPhone 4 will never be able to FaceTime over 3G without jailbreaking when the 4S and 5 can?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          There’s a difference between technical limitation and At&t not allowing

          • Chris Hannan

            True, but this is neither. It’s an artificial limitation set by Apple. The iPhone 4 has no issue making FaceTime calls when jailbroken.

          • Josh Rafail

            It’s because Apple wouldn’t see any profit from making it work themselves. The only reason it works while jailbroken is because hackers are more enthusiastic about making it work for FREE rather than Apple paying their engineers to do it. Now I’m not for Apple myself, never owned a single one of their products, but they got bigger fish to fry so why would they selflessly support old hardware (cus they be business).

          • Chris Hannan

            It’s a simple bit of code that would allow the iPhone 4 to be able to FaceTime on 3G. A single engineer could have it done within a few minutes.

            But that’s exactly my point. It’s not an AT&T issue. It has everything to do with Apple.

  • harryballs

    Where did the mobile version of this website go? It’s a pain trying to view the full site on my phone!

    • NorCalGuy

      Get an add blocker it makes the full site useable otherwise the popups don’t work well with fingers especially when the “x” is only 2 pixels big to close the add!

      • Justin W

        There are two sites I don’t block ads on, and that’s Droid-Life and Android Police. Both sites don’t use intrusive ads, in my opinion, and I’m supporting sites I love to read.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      We’re doing minor site construction, so for now, the mobile site if offline. It will return soon!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        You heard it here folks. FULL BLOWN DROID LIFE OVERHAUL!

        • Dillon Brown

          I would love to see that!

  • htowngtr

    Which update? Mine is at 1.1.2 on the 23rd.

  • n900mixalot

    In other news, French government allows citizens to have cake … and eat it too!

  • sc0rch3d

    i’m still trying to get my family/friend/work circles with gmail accounts to use Hangouts.

  • JediPirateNinja

    Now you can burn through your data cap even faster.

    • gudrunwalters444

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… bay35.com

      • umbrellacorp

        You’re are!!!!

  • Jacob Svonavec

    I’m sure verizon will adapt that they have everyone on tier data…losers

    • blackjaguar25

      Verizon does allow this. AT&T was the only carrier that DIDN’T. Until now.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        What was even more stupid was that the Hangouts app on the iPhone DID allow cellular usage. So dumb.

        • blackjaguar25

          Even on AT&T?

        • Chris Hannan

          AT&T’s reasoning was that built in video chat apps can’t be used on their network. Only third party apps can. They’re afraid that too many people will use a built in app and it’ll cripple their network.

          Hangouts is built into Android but not iOS which is why it worked on the iPhone but not on Android.

      • Jacob Svonavec

        oops, well they are still losers for the tier data : )