Facetime help please

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by beep119, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. beep119 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2010
    I have an iMac and my wife has an iPhone 4, if we do face time here in Canada it works perfectly, but she just went to the UK for work and tried facetime and she said she would just keep hearing the ringing, i tried it from my iMac and it would just keep ringing also.
    Does facetime work overseas?
    And will it work if the phone is from here and taken over to there to facetime an imac here?
    If all is yes, any explanations why it would not work, or ideas of what to try?

    Thank you
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    It works from anywhere.
    Not sure if it has something to do with the wifi she or you are connected to and if it restricts certain ports needed for Facetime.
  3. draz macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    You can try to:
    1) Turn Data Roaming ON... then try FaceTime. Disable after you are done.
    2) Try a different carrier if available... Preferably one that sells iPhone

    Reasons are that Apple could still have a block on FaceTime if the carrier you are roaming on does not sell iPhones... Eg since you are from Canada, someone went to Saskatchewan and picked Sasktel to roam on would not have FaceTime since they don't sell iPhones. But picking Bell or Telus would make FaceTime work since they do sell iPhones. That is only if Apple is blocking roaming customers from using FaceTime if the carrier they are connected to does not sell iPhones.

    For Data Roaming, the reason I suggest this to be on is because the way the iPhone's use FaceTime it sends out some data to Apple's servers over the carriers network (I don't think this is chargeable data though) in order to initiate the FaceTime call.

    Anyway thats my suggestion... Hope it works
  4. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    Data Roaming feature has nothing to do with FaceTime. I use FT all the time overseas.

    For troubleshooting, I'd turn the iPhone OFF/ON to see if that works, but I believe the answer lies in the WiFi network not allowing this feature.

    Since she would call your email address on the Mac, it doesn't have anything to do with International phone number support.

    The iPhone only needs the phone number for initial setup of FT. After the device is registered, the cell antenna can be turned completely off and still receive FT calls. It is all done via the Internet over WiFi.

    If the OFF/ON cycle doesn't help, I would try different WiFi networks in the affected location.


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