iPad mini Do you have to have phone serv for Facetime?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by cottonjenn, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. cottonjenn macrumors member

    May 4, 2009
    I don't know anything about Facetime. Ordered the mini wifi only but was wondering how Facetime would work if not on a phone.
  2. CandyNJ66 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    It uses Wifi just like an iPod Touch does. Don't worry :)
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    No phone service is required, although I believe some providers in the USA are now offering FT as a bolt on option.

    You can use Facetime on any wifi enabled iphone or ipad without the need for any contract or cellular service. You can of course also use your Mac.

    As posted above, you do not use phone numbers, but email addresses to call your friends.
  5. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    You can call them via their phone number in the FT app. It doesn't actually dial them but looks them up on Apple's system using their phone number. You just don't have a phone number address to use for your own account - they must dial your email for FT calls and your email is the caller ID when you call someone.

    In iOS 6 you are able to link a cell phone number to your Wifi device for both FaceTime and iMessage though if you have an iPhone as well.

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