Are facetime calls free? (Orange, UK)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bathplug, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I always thought that I'd be charged for the call and a little extra because of the video call. I talk to people abroad (USA) who also have iphone 4s but we use apps like fring and tango for facetime over wifi and sometimes 3g for free because normal phone calls would cost a fortune.

    I just learned that apparently apples facetime is free because it uses our wifi? so its free just like a skype to skype call is free? If so I guess we don't need to use fring or tango if were on wifi right?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Correct, completely free as long as you actually start the call as a facetime call and not from inside a normal cell call.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    How do you start a call as Facetime. I thought you had to start a call as a regular call and then if both parties are on wifi, you can push the Facetime button.
     
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    Drewsky87

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    View the contact info and scroll down to "FaceTime"
     
  5. macrumors member

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    If you start as a regular call are you only charged for the time that you are on regular service before you switch to facetime?
     
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    Mr Kram

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    it has to be. facetime would need to switch from 3G to wifi to operate.
     
  7. macrumors 68000

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    yes, when the facetime starts, you're not charged anymore. ain't that cool?

    better to press the facetime button to initiate the call, so you are not charged at all.
     
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    Mliii

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    From what I understand, the very first FaceTime call you make has to be initiated via cell. (I made my first one so long ago I don't remember now how it actually worked)
    After that, if you just use the FaceTime button, no cell minutes are ever used and it is free wifi to wifi. That part, I am sure of!
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    no u shouldn't do that, just find a contact, press the blue arrow, and then u can find a facetime button to initiate the call.
     
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    Mliii

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    Too late now for me, but maybe someone else can benefit from this approach!:)

    Bottom line is that FaceTime 'calls' themselves are free!
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies. On the adverts they always show off facetime but never mention its free. So how long do you think it will be before we can do a nornal phonecall for free over wifi without using apps like skype?

    When I choose a contact then press the facetime button it says choose facetime option which also lists there email address. Can I facetime an ipod touch 4 or iphone4 user via there email from my iphone 4 and vice versa? If so how does it work? Do they need to have my email saved on my contact on their phone?

    Thanks
     

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