iOS 6 enables FaceTime calls over 3G or 4G

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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18 Comments

1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

goodbye tango.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

actually I think they made FaceTime open source

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

15. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Nope they jus know what being #1 is

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

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

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

9. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

11. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

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

12. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

10. ulloobata

Posts: 5; Member since: May 14, 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.

16. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

18. ulloobata

Posts: 5; Member since: May 14, 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.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

17. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

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