How to enable FaceTime over 3G with iOS 6

iOS 6 finally brings FaceTime over 3G so you can video chat with friends and loved ones on the go.

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iOS 6 is here and with it is the capability to make FaceTime calls over a 3G (or 4G) connection. Finally! Up until now, iOS users were limited to using FaceTime over a Wi-Fi connection. No more.

FaceTime over 3G does have a couple of limitations. First, you'll need to be running iOS 6 on an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or the new iPad (third generation). Second, your carrier has to allow for FaceTime to be used over its network. So far, only AT&T has announced any type of restriction or requirement for FaceTime to work using its network. Sprint and Verizon customers, have at it. Just keep an eye on your data plan if you're on a tiered or even shared plan.

Enabling FaceTime for use over 3G is easy:

    Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  1. Launch the Settings app.

  2. Select FaceTime from the list of options.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and turn on "Use Cellular Data."

Current iPhone owners, was FaceTime something you used? If not, is the capability of placing or receiving a FaceTime call from anywhere enough to get you to start using the feature?

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About the author

Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and



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