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AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

After several months from Apple announcing FaceTime over cellular, AT&T is finally rolling the feature out to all of its tiered data customers. AT&T cites that its testing phase for FaceTime over cellular is complete, and will be enabled for all of its customers, including those on tiered data plans at no additional cost.

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AT&T reportedly rolls FaceTime over cellular to all customers

AT&T reportedly rolls FaceTime over cellular to all customers

There were many unhappy AT&T subscribers when the wireless carrier prevented them from using FaceTime over cellular networks. Early on, the only time iPhone or iPad users could use FaceTime was when they were connected to a Wi-Fi network. Earlier this month we mentioned that AT&T had changed that policy.

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Apple faces second FaceTime lawsuit over iPhone 5 and iPad mini

Apple faces second FaceTime lawsuit over iPhone 5 and iPad mini

Apple faces a second attack on its use of FaceTime, with web software firm VirnetX dragging the Cupertino firm back into the courtroom over video calling tech in the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and other hardware. VirnetX, which scored a $368m win against Apple earlier this week, claims the new smartphone and 7.9-inch tablet - as well as the 4th-gen iPad with Retina display, the 5th-gen iPod touch, and the latest batch of Macs - are just as guilty of infringing its networking-based patents as earlier iOS gadgets.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 8, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - just one more work day to go and we'll have arrived at the weekend once again. This afternoon we received more information about that massive Twitter password reset that occurred earlier in the day, while we learned that a number of Windows Phone 8 handsets will be available to order at both Verizon and AT&T tomorrow, including the HTC Windows Phone 8X. Verizon is expecting to complete its roll out of 4G LTE by mid-2013, while we learned that Grand Theft Auto V will feature Rockstar's biggest in-game world yet.

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AT&T makes about-face on FaceTime for iPhone

AT&T makes about-face on FaceTime for iPhone

If you've been annoyed by the restrictions that AT&T has put on FaceTime, then good news: the carrier has done something of an about-face on its controversial rules for using FaceTime. Whereas before you needed to be on a Mobile Share plan or a Wi-Fi network to use FaceTime, AT&T has relaxed those stipulations a bit, now allowing FaceTime access on all of its tiered data plans. There is something of a catch in that you'll need to be using an LTE device - in other words an iPhone 5 or an LTE-enabled iPad - but hey, something is better than nothing.

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Apple faces $368m FaceTime fine after ignoring prior patents

Apple faces $368m FaceTime fine after ignoring prior patents

Apple has suffered a courtroom defeat by a little-known software security firm, forced to pay $368m in damages after being found guilty of infringing patents with FaceTime. The legal battle also turned up an interesting tidbit on Apple's due-diligence process checking over prior patents, or lack of it; "Apple developers testified that they didn't pay any attention to anyone's patents when developing their system" VirnetX's lawyer told Bloomberg.

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FCC promises to review objections against AT&T FaceTime fees

FCC promises to review objections against AT&T FaceTime fees

There were a lot of angry AT&T iPhone owners when AT&T made it clear that it would allow FaceTime over its 3G mobile network, but it would charge more for the privilege of using the service. Other major carriers such as Sprint and Verizon allow iPhone users to enjoy FaceTime over the mobile network without any additional fees. Earlier this month, AT&T's plan to charge more led to multiple consumer organizations to notify AT&T that they planned to file formal complaints with the FCC.

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AT&T facing net neutrality complaint over 3G Facetime

AT&T facing net neutrality complaint over 3G Facetime

With the introduction of iOS 6 for the iPhone and iPad came the awesome announcement of Facetime video chat over 3G. Quickly after that appeared news dropped regarding AT&T charging additional fees for such usage. While they denied it initially, the end result is clear. Today a trio of public interest groups have filed a formal complaint with the FCC over AT&T's fees.

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Apple details iPhone 5 and its thinner 8 megapixel camera

Apple details iPhone 5 and its thinner 8 megapixel camera

Apple's got a brand new camera lens inside of the new iPhone 5 so all you photo snappers and Instagram lovers can prepare for some goodness. Apple's just detailed their all new 8 megapixel camera, as well as the 720p capable Facetime front shooter although nothing is extremely new.

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Do we really want FaceTime 3G or do we just resent paying for things?

Do we really want FaceTime 3G or do we just resent paying for things?

AT&T has done itself no favors with its fudged response to rumors of an extra fee in order to use FaceTime over 3G connections on devices running iOS 6. Talk that the carrier would levy extra data charges if users wanted to take advantage of Apple's increased FaceTime flexibility - so far limited to WiFi connections - prompted an uproar of pre-emptive complaints that AT&T might put a financial block in the way of iPhone and iPad functionality. But are we really on the precipice of a groundswell of video calling, or are we simply taking this opportunity to be angry at a carrier for daring to charge us money?

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AT&T: “Too early” to comment on FaceTime 3G fees

AT&T: “Too early” to comment on FaceTime 3G fees

It was revealed yesterday that AT&T was mulling the idea of charging for FaceTime access over 3G and LTE cellular networks. The prompt in the latest iOS 6 beta was discovered by 9to5Mac, asking customers to call AT&T to use FaceTime over cellular networks, presumably so that the carrier could charge additional fees for the service. When asked about the feature at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that it was “too early” to know what the company’s final plans will be.

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AT&T FaceTime 3G fees tipped for iOS 6

AT&T FaceTime 3G fees tipped for iOS 6

AT&T may charge users of FaceTime over 3G, the updated version of Apple's video calling system which, as of iOS 6, will allow for calls over 3G connections instead of solely WiFi. Screenshots of AT&T handsets running the iOS 6 beta shared in the MacRumors forums show an error message similar to that given when users without a compatible data plan try to activate tethering.

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