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FaceTime to support 3G connections in iOS 5?

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Wed June 8, 2011

Would likely be carrier-toggled

The iOS 5 version of FaceTime will finally allow video calls over 3G, rumors suggest. Sources indicate that the functionality is simply turned off in developer builds, and that an error message urges people to "Turn on cellular data or use Wi-Fi to use FaceTime." It's believed that support will ultimately be dependent on carriers, who can already block things like tethering.

Apple may be waiting on an improved iPhone before turning on FaceTime. Like iOS 5, the next iPhone is expected to ship in the fall. While it's unlikely to support LTE, it may support HSPA+ speeds up to 21Mbps, which would make 3G-level video calling more practical. Streaming video tends to degrade over regular HSPA, which has real-world bandwidth closer to between 1 and 3Mbps.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Dillon

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    facetime on 3g

    this would actually make the facetime feature usable!

  1. MachineMan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Warden Says No!

    Facetime over 3G? Not if AT&T can help it.

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  1. imNat-imadouche

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Geez Apple, I can't believe how late you are in implementing this ancient feature. Whats next. custom ringtones?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: facetime on 3g

    this would actually make the facetime feature usable!

    Well, usable in the sense that if you actually had reason to use it, then yeah.

    Still never grasped the whole "I need to see the person I'm talking to!" concept.

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