News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday November 08, 2012.
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AT&T has announced that it will allow any Apple iOS 6 customer with an LTE device to use FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge, ending a practice that previously allowed only customers on a Mobile Share plan to access the video calling feature. AT&T confirmed in August that only customers using a Mobile Share plan would be able to use Apple's FaceTime video calling feature on a cellular connection, which led to three consumer advocacy groups filing an FCC complaint because of the rule. The carrier today expanded availability to more customers, but not everynoe.
Under the new rules announced by AT&T, all "iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered data plan" can access FaceTime over Cellular without altering their monthly data plans or paying an additional fee. The LTE stipulation means that only the iPhone 5 or an LTE-enabled iPad will be able to use FaceTime. Customers with a non-LTE device, like an original iPad or any iPhone other than the iPhone 5, will only be able to use FaceTime over a Wi-Fi connection. Subscribers with a grandfathered unlimited data plan also appear to be limited to Wi-Fi-only access.
AT&T will implement the changes in 8 to 10 weeks, so subscribers with an LTE-capable iPhone or iPad can look for a software update that enables FaceTime over Cellular in early January.source: AT&T
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