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iOS 6 enables FaceTime calls over 3G or 4G

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iOS 6 enables FaceTime calls over 3G or 4G
FaceTime is a pretty cool iOS feature. It really is, we can't deny. However, it has one huge disadvantage, namely that you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to use it. Well, that is bound to change in a few months.

That is because iOS 6 enables FaceTime calls over a cellular connection, be it 3G or 4G. Interestingly, that is exactly what a recent rumor was predicting. The functionality will be added to the iPhone 4 and 4S, as well as to the iPad 2 and the new iPad. Another twist that has been added to FaceTime is that the user's phone number will be unified with their Apple ID. AS a result, if they get a FaceTime call on their iPhone, they can pick up the call from their iPad or Mac.

It was about time, we must say. Now all that is left is for the new iPhone to come with a better camera.

source: Apple

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posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:55 3

1. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


goodbye tango.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:19 3

6. downphoenix (Posts: 2269; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


and why is that? Tango is platform agnostic, which is a GOOD thing, meaning you can chat with others on their PC, MAC, Android, Iphone. Facetime is platform closed, meaning that you either have nobody to talk to if your friends are on other platforms, or you are a jerk that gets everyone to buy an ios/mac product so that they can talk to you because you refuse to talk to non Apple owners. I have heard Facetime is more popular than Tango, which is sad given this fact, Apple users would rather close themselves off to other Apple users.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:42 3

8. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Your correct there,the likes of tango is mulitplatform and functional,facetime is the apple equilivent,forever enclosed,locked down and controlled by apple.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 19:29

14. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


actually I think they made FaceTime open source

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:59 8

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1346; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


god and now isheep will claim iphone was first with video chat over 3g/4g

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:00 7

3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I didn't know Apple knew what 4G was.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:34 1

15. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Nope they jus know what being #1 is

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:04 2

4. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Video chat is lame and only for kids and The guys on The big bang theory lmao nah j/k :P

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:31 3

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 963; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


good idea, but i hope that people have the unltd data plan (AT&T or Verizon) because it will eat up data if you use FaceTime on your iPhone

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:20

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2269; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


probably why the feature was added, those 2 carriers probably begged apple to throw it in so they could make a killing on overage rates.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:43 3

9. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


REVOLUTIONARY! This has never been done before...except for every other videochat app that ever existed

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:20 1

11. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


yeah right, if this is not then its Android? Dream on lol, laggy stolen OS.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 19:06

12. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Still hasn't been proven it was stolen besides it coming out of Steve Jobs mouth. Unless someone can 100% prove what was STOLEN, then your claim ( like the 10000000th time mentioned) is invalid.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:59 3

10. ulloobata (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Video call is a native feature of 3g network. My good old Nokia N70 released in 2005 was able to make video calls over the 3g without any third party apps like facetime.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:36 1

16. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


FaceTime isn't third party dude. It's native, learn the difference.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 22:39

18. ulloobata (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Native app/feature should be able to make video call to any other 3g device on/off network, regardless of other o/s or hardware. Face time is specific to iOS and wont connect to non-iOS devices.

This so called native app is just six years late to catchup with older o/s like symbian and more recent like Andoid and one still cannot video call to non-iOS devices.

Enjoy this limited feature, if works for you. Rest of the world has done much better than this years ago.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 19:25

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6144; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


and will CHARGE you LOTS OF DATA and GO OVER YOUR BILL

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:37

17. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Scott forstall dropped a subtle hint about a bigger iPhone screen while talking about safari

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