Will iOS 5 Bring 3G Video Calls to FaceTime?

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Apple’s FaceTime is a convenient way to video chat, but only when you happen to have access to a WiFi connection. Currently, the app prohibits video calls being made over a 3G connection. That may not be the case for long, though, since an iOS 5 error message suggests that you may soon be able to video chat even when using cellular data.

The message warns, “turn on cellular data or use Wi-Fi to use FaceTime”. We’ve tried FaceTime over 3G in the past, routing the data through a mobile WiFi hotspot, and though not all carriers performed equally, we definitely saw the potential for cellular-based FaceTime, should it ever be allowed. If the next iPhone sees some increased HSPA+ speeds, the app could become even more usable without a speedy WiFi hookup.

This new ability could be carrier dependent, left up to the whims of the networks if they want their users consuming bandwidth in such a manner. Even if this feature is present, will anyone actually enable it? AT&T, after all, has had a very shaky past when it comes to the iPhone straining its data networks. Color us skeptical.

Source: 9to5 Mac

Via: MacNN

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!