After ruffling plenty of feathers back in August when it announced that FaceTime over cellular would only be available to users on its Mobile Share data plans, AT&T has decided to loosen those restrictions a bit. Today, the carrier announced that customers on its new tiered data plans will be able to use FaceTime on its network, but only if they have LTE-capable devices.

This means that customers who still have grandfathered-in unlimited data plans are still out of luck if they’d like to FaceTime without using WiFi. Also, owners of non-LTE devices – so, basically anything before the iPhone 5 and the third-generation iPad – need not apply. You don’t need to have LTE service for your device, however, which is at least some good news for those who don’t live in AT&T’s LTE coverage areas.

If you meet the new criteria, you’ll be able to start using FaceTime over cellular on AT&T in eight to 10 weeks.

[via Engadget]

AT&T to allow FaceTime on non-shared data plans, but only on LTE devices originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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