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According to AT&T, this availability will reach Cellular customers over the next eight to 10 weeks

AT&T has flip-flopped on its decision to charge iPhone users for FaceTime, and will now expand its availability to users.

Back in August, AT&T announced that it was limiting FaceTime availability to customers with Mobile Share data plans (for free). This meant that users with regular 2GB/4GB data plans or grandfathered unlimited plans were left out. They didn't even have the option to pay for it.

FaceTime has always been available to iPhone 4/4S customers over a Wi-Fi network, but Apple offered the ability to use FaceTime over a cellular connection once iOS 6 beta released.

AT&T's decision to limit FaceTime to certain users caught a lot of criticism from users, and even landed it a FCC net neutrality complaint.

Now, AT&T has changed its mind. The carrier will now enable FaceTime over Cellular for iOS 6 users on any tiered data plan -- for free. The user must have an LTE device, though. Users with grandfathered unlimited plans are still left out of the loop.

AT&T customers with Mobile Share data plans will still be able to use FaceTime for free, as will those with Wi-Fi connections.

According to AT&T, this availability will reach cellular customers over the next eight to 10 weeks.

AT&T was further pressured when Verizon and Sprint announced that they wouldn't charge extra for FaceTime over 3G/LTE.

Source: PR Newswire





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