Apple Appears Set to Support FaceTime Over 3G in iOS 5, But Will Carriers Follow Suit?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    9 to 5 Mac reports that one of its readers has passed along a screenshot of an iOS 5 dialog box suggesting that Apple is preparing to support FaceTime video calling over cellular networks with the new operating system set for release this fall.
    FaceTime has officially been limited to Wi-Fi on iOS devices since its debut last year, although users have been able to work around that limitation using either jailbreaking solutions or MiFi connectivity.

    Official FaceTime support over cellular networks will almost certainly require individual carriers to also be on board in much the same way that carriers have needed to support Internet tethering and other features that have the potential to significantly increase demand on their networks.

    Article Link: Apple Appears Set to Support FaceTime Over 3G in iOS 5, But Will Carriers Follow Suit?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    Maybe this will throw off the iCloud streaming disappointment,

    This is a nice addition if it goes through.
  3. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Carriers should be fine. They already support other VoIP and video chat apps on iPhone over 3G.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2006
    AT&T will require a limited data plan. Just like tethering. Those of us with unlimited will be left out.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Hope so. Given the amount of people who have iPhones however may be the tipper. I hate not being able to FaceTime over 3G.... supposedly the new iPhone has access to "4G" (the faster 3G version), so I don't see a reason why carriers would have a huge problem accepting.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Well, you can add FaceBreak to the list of DOA JB apps now.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    AT&T and Verizon won't have unlimited plans when this comes to play.
    T-Mobile may still have unlimited unless AT&T is successful.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2006
    AT&T already doesn't have unlimited data plans offered now. Which is why I said they will require those of us with them to downgrade to a limited plan. just like tethering.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2010
    Given how many issues Apple tends to have with carriers, how long until they just branch off and offer their own service?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2005
    i would say this is a bug more than anything as I have just tested this on my iPhone 4 running iOS 5 and it only happens when the 3g is switched off as well as the cellular data. If you only turn off the cellular data then it asks you to connect to a Wi-Fi network and mentions nothing about turning on cellular data.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2009
    Has Apple encrypted Facetime communication yet?

    Has Apple encrypted Facetime communication yet?:confused:
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    As someone with an 'unlimited' AT&T iPhone data plan; I too, believe this is what AT&T might end up doing.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    FaceTime should be offered over 3G since you can FaceTime on an iPad2 hotspotted to an iPhone 4 already...

  14. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    3G FaceTime with the 4 gig limit via tethering will probably force me off of the unlimited plan. (I will have to make sure I use the wifi networks more in the future however......)
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    I doubt this will hog too much bandwidth. I can't see more than five or six people on Earth who actually enjoy holding their phone out at an uncomfortable angle just so they can face chat. :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    Why would they care provided they moved to tiered data plans already.

  17. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Yay! Fido. Nice to see my carrier for once. Hopefully Rogers and Fido don't block this in Canada. They haven't denied us any of iOS's features yet so I'm not too worried. Especially since it will just eat up our already limited capped data. :(
  18. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    My face is always cryptic.
  19. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Care to elaborate how big the disappointment was?

    Press vs. users ?
    Geeks on MR vs. average users?

    FREE users vs. $ 25 users?

  20. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2010
    The situation with mobile internet in the US is really pathetic. Data plan for this, tada plan for that, want to tether pay more, more, more. For Christ sake it's data and if i bought 5 GB of data i don't give a damn and i will use it as i please (on a phone, on a computer, for video chats, for downloads, for what i need).
  21. macrumors 6502a

    M. Malone

    Mar 11, 2004
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    Will iOS 5 support email based FaceTime on iPhone?

    I use iPhone on a non FaceTime supporting carrier. Would be great if I can have FaceTime like on an iPod touch over email.
  22. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    i wouldnt see any problem with that, every new android supports it here
  23. macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2007
    I HOPE this is true. I need a backup for cellular video on Skype now that probably Microsoft plan to do things it with it...
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    The question is do those carriers even have a choice to bargain with Apple, after iPhone's success and thus marginalizing those telecomm co.

    Tethering was blocked as well when Apple had the tech to do it well, but later on it became available on 4.3.
    A similar issue will probably happen to sim card. Soon all those "activation fees" will be charged by Apple rather than AT&T
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2008
    Why would carriers even care. The more data you use on the limited plans then the more you will pay them when you go over. I don't think AT&T is really concerned if you use less than 2gb or more. If you use more you pay more. Its more $$ in their pocket. You can use Skype and Yahoo messenger to do video calling so I can't see this being any different.

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