FaceTime Audio Only - iCall

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by HarryAinslie, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. HarryAinslie macrumors regular

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    iMessage has the capability to know whether the recipient is using an Apple Device which has iMessage switched on.

    I think the way forward with FaceTime Audio Calls, {iCall}, If you are on WiFi, when you choose a contact to call, it does the search to make sure the recipient has iCall switched on, just like it does for iMessage then it makes the decision to automatically use iCall, however if the recipient isn't available for iCall then it will make a standard call using your Network Provider. Just like iMessage sends your message as a SMS if the recipient is not reachable via iMessage.

    What this means for us users is we won't have our minutes being used up and we don't have to have good Network Coverage from our Network Provider to make the calls.

    Goodbye 3rd party apps such as Viber, Skype etc


    What does everyone else think?
     
  2. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    I'm just hoping that the use of FaceTime audio isn't any more restricted than FaceTime video. I'm able to make FaceTime video calls over 3G on my phone and would love it if FaceTime audio ends up being the same. (I know they've said Wifi only).
     
  3. HarryAinslie thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did they really say this? I'll be shocked if you can do FaceTime over 3G yet iCall only over WiFi. There is no logic if this is the case!
     
  4. Frederico Luna macrumors member

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    It is called the 'don't piss off the carriers' logic.
     
  5. HarryAinslie thread starter macrumors regular

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    The carriers would make money on the data rather than the call. The way things are going, they're going to be making a lot of money on Data because of the amount of Apps etc that require Data!
     
  6. DustyLBottoms macrumors regular

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    WHERE has this been confirmed to be WIFI only?

    This works just fine without WIFI, across networks even.

    2 nights ago I did facetime audio using an AT&T iPhone5 on 4G and a Verizon iPhone 5 on...
     
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  8. Jare macrumors 65816

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    MouthTime.
     
  9. jeremiah239 macrumors 6502a

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    Touché

    Sounds a little dirty though hahaha
     
  10. hafr macrumors 68030

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    WhatsApp, Viber etc. are alive and kicking, despite iMessage...

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    Video calls uses a lot of data, voice calls not so much...
     
  11. Jare macrumors 65816

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    I was going to say VoiceTime, but MouthTime made me laugh more.
     
  12. jeremiah239 macrumors 6502a

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    Lol
     
  13. c0LdFire macrumors regular

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    This will never happen as a default. It's very un-apple to do it, unlike iMessage.

    The difference between iMessage automatically defaulting and Facetime Audio automatically defaulting is huge. Facetime audio calls will drop if you walk out of WiFi range, drop from 4G to 3G, switch towers without keeping your IP address, you name it. They require a CONSTANT connection, versus a brief blip of data use for iMessage. VoIP isn't ready for full-time use on mobile devices yet.
     
  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Carriers don't make money by you using data. They make money buy selling you large data packages that aren't fully used. So in effect they sell you the data and then discourage you from using it.
     
  15. E2EK1EL macrumors 6502

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    Apple loves to embarrass ppl at their keynotes.

     
  16. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    I hope it's provided as an option at the very least in iOS 7.1.
     
  17. big samm macrumors 65816

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    Im able to make facetime calls or facetime audio on 3G/4G/Lte with no problem... I do it all the time, and works great!
     
  18. joshdammit macrumors 6502

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    What are they going to do? NOT carry the iPhone anymore? Ha!
     
  19. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    This doesn't have to happen, it just needs to be tweaked. T-mob has had the option for years and it would hand off between towers and when leaving wifi to towers. It conversely would never hand off from towers to wifi (that was one limitation of their service.) With some dedicated engineering it could be tweaked to work this way if they wanted to invest in the tech. I do agree that full VOIP is not really ready for truly "mobile" devices. Those remaining primarily on one location are fine, but not for true mobility.
     
  20. c0LdFire macrumors regular

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    There's a huge difference between T-Mobile's WiFi calling and FaceTime Audio: T-Mobile owns their WiFi calling. The calls still bounce through their servers, so the handoff is easy. Something tells me carriers (specifically AT&T & Verizon) won't work with Apple quite as nicely on this since it cuts directly in to their bottom line. It'd be handing the call off from Apple's servers to the carrier's. There's no nice way to do that without a few seconds' delay or dropping it and re-dialing unless there's a massive collaboration effort between Apple and the carriers. It just won't happen.
     
  21. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    But this calling is currently available over the cellular radio so these carriers are getting their due. AT$t and Sprint also offer this option already as they have a cellular to wifi box to use in spotty situations. The only issue I have with your statements is that I don't see how this would cut into their profits? They are getting their fees for your usage that you in fact are bypassing and possibly under utilizing (if on your wifi) which means more profit for them and available bandwidth for others or you are overusing your data when on cellular data and thus being charged overages. Either way that would be a profit win for the carriers, just as text messaging is nothing but pure profit for the providers, as these texts are sent on the carrier handshake and utilize no more signal usage than the phone updating its location and equipment information. How can paying overages for utilizing more data than allotted or paying and not using data at all cut into profits (both situations and everything on between is pure profit). This is why they require the data plan as it is the real money maker.
     

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