1. nicksak's Avatar
    Longtime fan, firsttime poster... be gentle!

    According to the comparison page between iPhone models over at apple.com, Facetime is mentioned as a feature on both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S under iOS5, but it also says that Facetime requires WiFi.

    Didn't Steve tout Facetime over 3G as one of the features added in iOS5 back in June? It seems to be absent from any product descriptions right now.

    Or is it just like tethering - up to the operators whether they want to implement it in the contract?
    10-04-2011 06:58 PM
  2. briankeith513's Avatar
    Longtime fan, firsttime poster... be gentle!

    According to the comparison page between iPhone models over at apple.com, Facetime is mentioned as a feature on both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S under iOS5, but it also says that Facetime requires WiFi.

    Didn't Steve tout Facetime over 3G as one of the features added in iOS5 back in June? It seems to be absent from any product descriptions right now.

    Or is it just like tethering - up to the operators whether they want to implement it in the contract?
    I'd like to know the answer to this as well. Oh well, that's another reason for jailbreaking.
    10-04-2011 07:19 PM
  3. sting7k's Avatar
    It's carrier dependent.

    You can use Yahoo, Tango, and I am pretty sure Skype right now over 3G for video calls.
    10-04-2011 07:23 PM
  4. briankeith513's Avatar
    It's carrier dependent.

    You can use Yahoo, Tango, and I am pretty sure Skype right now over 3G for video calls.
    This is not true. You could use all of those you just mentioned on every carrier. However, none of the carriers that offer the iphone, offer FaceTime over 3G.
    10-04-2011 07:30 PM
  5. Fausty82's Avatar
    This is not true. You could use all of those you just mentioned on every carrier. However, none of the carriers that offer the iphone, offer FaceTime over 3G.
    It is available on all iPhones, but can be turned on/off at the carrier level. (It can also be activated with JailBreak).
    10-04-2011 07:53 PM
  6. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    I'm hoping that Verizon would enable this. You with think with all the Android phones that has front-facing cameras, and you can do this with both T-Mobile and Verizon, they would support the iPhone 4 as well...
    10-04-2011 08:05 PM
  7. sting7k's Avatar
    This is not true. You could use all of those you just mentioned on every carrier. However, none of the carriers that offer the iphone, offer FaceTime over 3G.
    Sorry for not being clear. Facetime over 3G is carrier dependent in iOS 5; it is up to every carrier to enable it on their end. Same as visual voicemail, tethering, and mobile hotspot features.

    Right now you can use Yahoo, Skype, and Tango for video chats on every carrier over 3G.
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    10-04-2011 08:14 PM
  8. nicksak's Avatar
    Sorry for not being clear. Facetime over 3G is carrier dependent in iOS 5; it is up to every carrier to enable it on their end. Same as visual voicemail, tethering, and mobile hotspot features.

    Right now you can use Yahoo, Skype, and Tango for video chats on every carrier over 3G.
    Ah, that clears it up a bit. Thanks!
    10-06-2011 04:19 PM
  9. wHoKares's Avatar
    It's carrier dependent.

    You can use Yahoo, Tango, and I am pretty sure Skype right now over 3G for video calls.
    Agree. Or Jailbreak
    10-06-2011 05:25 PM
  10. zackawee27's Avatar
    Sorry for not being clear. Facetime over 3G is carrier dependent in iOS 5; it is up to every carrier to enable it on their end. Same as visual voicemail, tethering, and mobile hotspot features.

    Right now you can use Yahoo, Skype, and Tango for video chats on every carrier over 3G.
    I agree, leave it up to Sprint, Verizon or AT&T
    10-06-2011 05:44 PM
  11. Andrew Flores's Avatar
    non of these companies have the gal to allow facetime over 3G
    10-07-2011 02:07 AM
  12. zackawee27's Avatar
    non of these companies have the gal to allow facetime over 3G
    Maybe AT&T will allow it with their HSPA+ and with the iPhone's two antennas?
    10-07-2011 08:08 AM
  13. sting7k's Avatar
    Unless you have unlimited data you probably don't want to be video chatting over 3G because you will fly right through your cap pretty quick.
    10-07-2011 10:01 AM
  14. jakej914's Avatar
    I seem to recall it being said that FaceTime was going to be enabled over 3G, but carrier dependent. Don't know what became of that.
    10-07-2011 11:35 AM
  15. zackawee27's Avatar
    If worst happens and you can't you can download skype and do the same thing
    10-07-2011 11:37 AM
  16. Fausty82's Avatar
    I seem to recall it being said that FaceTime was going to be enabled over 3G, but carrier dependent. Don't know what became of that.
    If you can't do it with your carrier, they're blocking it. What's not to know?

    iOS allows it on all devices... so if you can't do it or get a warning/error, it's because your carrier decided NOT to allow it.
    10-07-2011 11:42 AM
  17. Genericmessage00's Avatar
    Apple and verizon were in talks.

    And by "talks" I mean Apple was telling Verizon to enable it over 3G, and verizon was complaining and saying no. They worry it can bog down the network (fair concern). Who knows whats going to happen on the 12th when everyone gets it. Maybe they'll let us!
    10-07-2011 11:45 AM
  18. zackawee27's Avatar
    Apple and verizon were in talks.

    And by "talks" I mean Apple was telling Verizon to enable it over 3G, and verizon was complaining and saying no. They worry it can bog down the network (fair concern). Who knows whats going to happen on the 12th when everyone gets it. Maybe they'll let us!
    Yeah but, can you imagine like 2000 people facetimeing at the same time on 3G haha.
    10-07-2011 11:51 AM
  19. Fausty82's Avatar
    Yeah but, can you imagine like 2000 people facetimeing at the same time on 3G haha.
    How is that any different from 2000 people using Skype video calling over 3G?

    The obvious answer is that FaceTime is built in - so everyone has the app. Skype is available to all, but you have to go get it and install it and set it up, and... and...

    Like most things Apple produces, it's just there and it works.

    And for many, it's just a novelty - and when the newness wears off, many don't use it again. I bet I haven't used FaceTime more than 20 times total, including a lot when I first got it.
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    10-07-2011 11:57 AM
  20. zackawee27's Avatar
    How is that any different from 2000 people using Skype video calling over 3G?

    The obvious answer is that FaceTime is built in - so everyone has the app. Skype is available to all, but you have to go get it and install it and set it up, and... and...

    Like most things Apple produces, it's just there and it works.

    And for many, it's just a novelty - and when the newness wears off, many don't use it again. I bet I haven't used FaceTime more than 20 times total, including a lot when I first got it.
    Yeah, but when I skype its basically with people on their computer's. Facetime is iPhone to iPhone/iPad (3G) So, Facetime would use up more of the providers 3G
    10-07-2011 12:54 PM
  21. Massie's Avatar
    I would have loved to see this come with iOS 5...my wife just got a new MBP and it would be great to use FaceTime when I'm on the road and away from a wifi signal.

    I used to use Facebreak when I was on 4.1; does anyone know if that still works with 4.3.3? Or if one of the other 3G Unrestrictor-type apps works with 4.3.3?
    10-07-2011 01:03 PM
  22. Fausty82's Avatar
    Yeah, but when I skype its basically with people on their computer's. Facetime is iPhone to iPhone/iPad (3G) So, Facetime would use up more of the providers 3G
    FaceTime is NOT just iPhone to iPhone/iPad/iPod. I have have FaceTime on my MacBook Pro for about a year.

    It's very similar to Skype in terms of video calling.
    10-07-2011 02:05 PM
  23. wittc's Avatar
    Longtime fan, firsttime poster... be gentle!

    According to the comparison page between iPhone models over at apple.com, Facetime is mentioned as a feature on both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S under iOS5, but it also says that Facetime requires WiFi.

    Didn't Steve tout Facetime over 3G as one of the features added in iOS5 back in June? It seems to be absent from any product descriptions right now.

    Or is it just like tethering - up to the operators whether they want to implement it in the contract?
    I thought Facetime was always just a Wi-FI feature only. I think it has something to do about using to much data traffic if Facetime was used over 3G. I do admit that it would be super cool if Facetime did work over 3G.
    10-07-2011 09:52 PM
  24. Fausty82's Avatar
    I thought Facetime was always just a Wi-FI feature only. I think it has something to do about using to much data traffic if Facetime was used over 3G. I do admit that it would be super cool if Facetime did work over 3G.
    If you jailbreak, you CAN run it over 3G. Apple left the decision up to the wireless carriers. Because of the reasons you cite (and others), all have opted to kill it over 3G. It is currently wifi only, but it's because that's how the carriers want it.
    10-07-2011 10:11 PM
  25. johndhynes's Avatar
    Now that my wife and I both have phones with front-facing cameras I was hoping to FaceTime with her from the road. For some reason she can never turn on Skype, etc.

    That answers the question of whether I'll jailbreak.
    10-09-2011 01:49 AM
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