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AT&T Has Change of Heart, to Allow Some FaceTime Over Cellular

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Nov 8, 2012, 3:01 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Nov 8, 2012, 3:13 PM

AT&T today announced that after assessing the impact Apple's FaceTime application will have on its network, it will expand the availability of the feature to the iPhone 5. Apple enabled the feature on iOS 6, which it distributed in September, but AT&T only allowed it to work on devices that subscribed to one of its mobile share plans. AT&T said that FaceTime will be enabled on all tiered data plans and Apple devices that have LTE, which includes the iPhone 5, iPad, and iPad Mini. The feature will become available in about 8 or 10 weeks. The iPhone 4 and 4S will be able to access FaceTime over cellular only if paired with a Mobile Share plan.

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Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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Nov 8, 2012, 11:27 PM

Clearing confusion up.

AT&T basically says all LTE enable Apple products will be able to use Face-time over cellular regardless of data plan. But non-LTE Apple products needs Mobile Share data plan for their device to use Face-time over cellular
haha perfect way to rack up those overages ;). For those of you who arent familiar with how data works and think " I Dont need more then 3GB of data ever" you will if you chose to do this lol.

Nov 8, 2012, 3:11 PM

Does this mean?

Does this mean that its going to use data or is that not going towards your data allotment? If not can skype calls also be data charge free for android and windows phones?
Haaahahahah... you're funny you know that ?

Can skype calls also have no data charges, yeah, like AT&T would EVER do that. It's a nice idea though, but it will not happen. Look - AT&T said it was okay to use Facetime, but ONLY with iPhone 5, mean...
That's still not cool that the iPhone 4's or 4s can't use FaceTime without being on wifi or the specific data package. I wish I wasn't pentalized for being grandfathered into the unlimited data package!
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