FaceTime video chat over cellular connection won't be possible on the iPhone 4 or iPad 2

FaceTime video chat over cellular connection won't be possible on the iPhone 4 or iPad 2
When Apple announced iOS 6 the other day, it turned out that a bunch of the new features won't work or will be neutered on older iGizmos. It is fair enough that the complex 3D mapping feature Flyover won't work as it should on the single-core A4 chipset of the iPhone 4, and that Siri-guided navigation will only be present on the iPhone 4S and the new iPad, which actually are the only ones to run Siri, but how about FaceTime over 3/4G?

The iOS native video chat app seemingly won't work over a cellular connection on anything older than Apple's last phone and tablet: "FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability. Carrier data charges may apply. FaceTime is not available in all countries."

That's a citation from Apple's website which got a bit lost in the hullabaloo the other day. Now it's anyone's guess why would Apple neuter video chat over 3G/4G networks on its older phones and tablets. It might have something to do with performance, but, oh well, you can always hit the App Store for something like Fring and the like.

source: Apple



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol phonearena... shows what you know...i had face time over cellular data on my iPhone 4 .. via jailbreak ;+) js

7. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

We r not talking about JB here, some of us cant jailbreak our phones n my iPhone 4 its now useless, cos i was one of d xcited ppl thinking im gonna have a new feature on my fone, like d maps, so grow up, this is not about JB

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Grow up??? Wtf ? Lol .. dude just get you a nice Android phone.. and grow up! Out the Kidd ifone

2. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

WTF?!? this is fragmentation, so technically, iPhone 4 is still running iOS 5, because, no Siri, no facetime over 3G, no flyover... at least all of Android's features work on every device. F R A G M E N T A T I O N ! ! !


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Hahaha lmao jubilant of this...

19. Nikonmorous

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Well, it's kinda simple. These earlier devices aren't optimized to SMOOTHLY run these applications. Yes, Google can push every feature of their OS on a phone, but there's no garauntee that it's optimized to run it. Apple believes in QUALITY programs that run smoothly with no slow down, whereas Google believes more in QUANTITY.

22. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Wrong Nikonmorous! Google lets you run everything on all their devices regardless of how well it runs because its up to us, the users who should decide whether it runs smoothly enough or not for ourselves. Google never forces you to use those apps if you choose not to. If it doesn't run smoothly enough for you, fine! just uninstall the app. I am sure you are smart enough to know that. Apple alternatively, plays nanny and decides for you, sort of telling you they know whats best for you and that is bulls**t because do they know you? They give you no choice whether you like it or not. They think you are not smart enough to decide for yourself. This works fine for children old folks who don't know better. My Android single core 1ghz 512mb runs Skype video calling fine, performance dependent on network signel and not hardware specs. The iPhone 4 and iPad 2 uses single and dual core 1ghz 512mb and Apple bars them from Facetime 3G/4G video calling whereas Skype runs fine. Tell me Nikonmorous, is Facetime such a badly written app that will cause performance issues on older devices that has no problems running Skype OR is Apple's hardware not up to the job? How old are you btw?If you are below 10 or above 70, then its no surprise you prefer nanny Apple . Whichever way you see it Apple=epic fail

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

That's bulls**t It can be done via jailbreak Nothing wrong with that I can video call with Skype Looks like apple is going downhill

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, WTF? So basically, every iDevice but the 4S and the new iPad are only getting an upgrade in name and a new bloatware called Passbook? What's next? Passbook doesn't run on older iDevices too? Facebook integration only works on A5 chips? Haha, I'll like to see Taco & Galito backpadel out of this.

5. marinbuyukliev

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

anoder APPLE fail - hey guys you s**t it up again HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I use to like you OMG

6. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

NO!!!!!!!!!!! APPLE doesn't have FRAGMENTATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phone Arena, delete this! Apple will get sued by Google for blatantly copying Android FRAGMENTATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

ahahah!!! f**kmentation!!! ahaha!!!


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012


9. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

This is just plain ridiculous, Apple obviously just want to make more money from the sale of the new iPad and the iPhone 4S. There's absolutely no reason for the iPhone 4 not to run FaceTime on 3G.

16. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

And you are surprised?

10. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 is coming to the USA in June 20, yaaaaaaaahooooohooooooo.

14. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

To many exclamation points going on around here.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

iPad 2...ok can kinda understand that...but the iPhone 4?

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Forgot about the processor in the iPad 2... Now it doesnt make sense at all. The iPad 2 is better spec wise....and it wont get it?

17. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I am not sure if it is fragmentation as it is features. It is the same OS image, it just turns things on and off depending on the model it is running on. Much like windows ... same CD install for example regardless of the PC... but depending on your sound card or video card, the OS will turn things off or on. Android ... the code is different and has different front end GUI's depending on the manufacturer for example. Some manufacturers have this ... or that. I see this as fragmentation. I will probably get flamed galore with this.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

To me....what Nokia and/or MS did with the Nokia phone and the 256MB ram, this, Android... Its either some form of fragemtation for all 3 mobile OS's...or no one has fragmentation. You shouldnt get flamed for your post. Its one of the few civil and intelligent posts on here.

18. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

I don't know why all you people are trolling? It is dumb that the iPad 2 can't have the same feature as the 4S when they both have the same A5 chips and the iPad2 is clock at 1 GHz. And btw Google and android OEM does this too. Nexus One not get ICS when a rooted Desire has working ICS.

20. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol this is ridiculous even loyal apple fans can't defend the no face time over 3g on the 4...early its capable... I can guarantee they will be bring it in ios7 for the the 4 lol.

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