FaceTime Audio - Use It

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Velin, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    I've long used Facetime Audio to make phone calls to other iPhone users. Facetime Audio call quality is noticeably superior to cellular-only calls (including HDvoice or voLTE). Much clearer, cleaner audio, better sound range, and less noise. And it is less intrusive than requesting a Facetime video call, especially to people you may not know as well, or at odd hours.

    Wifi calling generally is terrible -- too much lag, too much noise, lots of audio cutouts/dropping. I've sworn off wifi calling, because it sucks.

    But I really love Facetime Audio. Apple really got it right. So much so that I now dislike calling mobile users who don't have it. Anyone else devoted fans of Facetime Audio for their voice calls?

    Also, with the release of iPhone 7, a couple people I've called are new to iPhone and IOS (they switched from Note/Android). When I called them using Facetime, using audio only, this must have been their first time getting such a call. They asked me, "what's this? Why is my screen black and what is Facetime Audio?" They both noted the calls sounded superior to their regular cellular calls, and now they are using it as well.

    So just wanted to see if anyone else is a devoted Facetime Audio fan.

    Finally, if you want to know how to use Facetime Audio, it's very easy and there are lots of online resources about it. There are multiple ways to access it. You can click on the Facetime app, select the "audio" toggle at top, put in your contact, and if the contact is blue, you can make a Facetime Audio call to them - just press the phone handset button. If you press the camera, it will initiate both audio and visual Facetime. (Contacts who aren't Facetime-capable are greyed out.) Alternatively, in your Contacts book, if your friend, acquaintance, or contact has a Facetime Audio-capable device, Contacts will automatically throw in a line entry that says "Facetime," and on the same line of text you'll see symbols for video and a phone handset for audio -- select the phone handset, and it will initiate a Facetime Audio call. You can even put down Facetime Audio as your "Favorite" under the Phone App, for one-button dialing.

    Anyway, here is one article among many discussing why Facetime Audio is the way to go for your calls, especially to people you may not feel comfortable being on video with.
  2. esteli macrumors member


    Sep 23, 2016
    Wow i didnt know about facetime audio, thanks for sharing i will try for sure.
  3. rctneil macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2013
    I've been using the audio version only part of Facetime since the day it was released. It is excellent prefer it to video. I spend a lot of time in areas with generally slow wi-fi or lacking network coverage so keeping Facetime to audio only helps keeps data usage down and I still get to make a call
  4. Loco Emperor macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2016
    I wouldn't say a fan but i use it from time to time
  5. CaptMarvel, Sep 24, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016

    CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    Don't forget international calls. I have people I talk to a few times a week that stay in different countries and FaceTime Audo is perfect for that. Even then, clarity and quality are superb, whether I am on my home wifi or cellular network.
  6. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I generally avoid it, I talk on the phone way too much for work and FaceTime audio burns through my companies data.

    I'll generally talk 2-3 hours a day, so 150 minutes x 21 days (~weekdays of a month) = 3150 minutes a month @ ~1mb per minute = 3000-3100mb just for phone calls, something that is otherwise zero. And if I'm talking to other employees then take that x 2.

    The quality is good but I'd often get drops while driving around due to its high bandwidth requirements (for a phone call).

    It would be better on wifi which would address both of those points however then I'm wasting the other persons data.

    This thread peak my interest again. I'm going to try to FT audio friends a bit more.
  7. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    The only service that sounds as good is T-Mobile's VoLTE 4G calls, as they use the full rate HD. Verizon and AT&T only allow half the rate. The other benefit of using it via T-Mobile is that your HD call receives priority over other data.

    Tmobile's VolTE, skype and apple facetime audio are basically full HD voice spectrum enabled.
  8. Steeley macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2011
    I've always found it's a gamble with how long it'll take to connect, if at all
  9. vietalogy macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
  10. OriginalClone macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2012

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