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AT&T opens access to FaceTime video calling…to some

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ATT relented to public pressure and opened up access to the FaceTime video calling feature found on Apple’s iOS devices.

The latest version of iOS allowed iPhones and iPads to FaceTime chat over the cellular network — it previously could only run on Wi-Fi — but ATT had restricted access to the feature to customers in its capped Mobile Share data plan.

But ATT said today that it would open cellular access to any ATT customer on a tiered plan with a 4G LTE device, which means just the iPhone 5 and some iPads. The company said it expects to roll out the feature over the next eight to ten weeks.

Consumer advocates had criticized ATT’s decision to restrict the feature as bad for customers, particularly those with hearing problems that could greatly benefit from the

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