Let's be honest... Who really uses FaceTime?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by InsanelyApple, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    That's my case. My family and friends love it and prefer it as well.
  2. herbiehancock00 macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I just use Tango now. Video calling over 3G. Now I never have to wait til the other party is on Wifi. I just video calling anyone anywhere. Being able to video call anywhere makes it a drastically better experience over Facetime, where you are always just stuck at home mostly.
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Used it twice on the launch day (and it was very unreliable).

    I don't see the point in video calling. My last few phones have had 3G video calling on them and my operator doesn't charge anything for the calls (it comes out of the voice allowance) - also never used.

    FaceTime is obviously more restricted than that (fewer devices, Wi-Fi only), so I see its utility being even more limited.
  4. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Family scattered across the globe, little kids, parents, aunts uncles, cousins, holidays, sharing daily events with family from Iraq...that's just a few things it's been good for. You may not see the point, and that's great because no one is forcing you to use it. But for some of us, it's a lifeline to relative family normalcy.
  5. bigddybn macrumors member

    May 5, 2010
    My wife is a nurse and often works weekend nights. We use it so that she can help tuck them in at night so they can see mommy.

    That alone is worth having it around for us.
  6. NYY FaN macrumors 6502

    NYY FaN

    Jun 22, 2009
    New York
    I would be more likely to use it if facetime was capable over 3G. The fact that it only works on wifi defeats the purpose, I'll just go on skype on my imac instead if I'm home.
  7. herbiehancock00 macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Try this app Tango, video conferencing over 3G. Been using it quite often the past week. Works quite well depending on your connection. Works with 3GS also but they can only use your back camera.
  8. felch macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2010
    My wife has been out of the country for a couple months, and thanks to AT&Ts horrible international data and text packages Facetime has become heavily used.

    I purchased my wife a 4th gen touch since she is able to get wifi access where she is staying from time to time. I do wish that I could do Facetime over 3g since we are in different time zones it makes it very easy to communicate.

    I know that I can make voice calls over skype but its just not the same.
  9. eye macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Obviously, there are a minority of iPhone owners who may be away from their children who use it, as evidenced by this thread, but for the most part I doubt many people use it. I don't want to see someone I'm talking to. I don't want them to see me. It's one of those ideas that seems cool until you have the ability. I haven't used it once. Nobody I could even see myself using it with.
  10. CooKieMoNs7eR macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2009
    No I don't use it, but I feel like Facetime could've been more popular if there was like an iChat app for iPhones, you know like bbm for BB, but this one you can text and also video chat.
  11. mrochester macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2009
    This is why it was very amusing to see the legions of followers decry how good Facetime will be and how it'll change the way we communicate forever... only for them to find out what the rest of us already knew, that video calling isn't what it's cracked up to be, and that on the whole, people don't want to be able to see each other when talking on a phone. Yeah, Facetime has some niche uses, but for the general masses, I don't think it'll ever take off in a big way. But then I've been thinking that for years now since I made my first video call about 5 years ago.
  12. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    I'm not part of any legion of followers of anything. The question posed by the OP was who uses FaceTime? I explained how I have used it and how, in my particular case, niche use or not, it's a success. Lately, I've been struck by the number of posts here on MR that go into this lengthy tirade about 'I never use x feature, therefore it's worthless'. That's great- if you don't need to use a feature, you're not being forced to. That doesn't delegitimize the need others may have for whatever the feature is. Video calls may not be the wave of the future or even an echo of a wave from the past. It's just a feature that some people use successfully.
    OT true story, I once had a client who argued with his wife at a dinner I took them both to about the virtues of chocolate cake vs vanilla cake. She told him she preferred vanilla because it tasted better. He told her 'well, you're just wrong'. He was dead serious. We seem to be getting a lot more people who think those who use features they don't need or think important are just wrong...:rolleyes:
  13. mrochester macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yep, stating opinion as if it were fact has definitely become a lot more prolific on forums of late, as is calling someone a fanboy if they happen to disagree with you. I just wish for some sensible discussion for a change that isn't ruined by the people who do those very things.
  14. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Well said...
  15. crazytiger86 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2010
    I should hope that the inverse works logically as well right? There was a bit of yelling match a few pages ago regarding this..
  16. blackburn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    I've never used face time. It's pointless. Way before there was any iphone I could make video calls on my mobile phone. Had a lot of mobiles capable of doing that. But still I prefer skype:p
  17. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    + 1. I didn't use it much until I had leave my girlfriend and son for my deployment. It's been great especially over the holiday since we can show each other our decorations and I plan on doing this on Christmas day.
  18. akasch macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
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    Everyone I know now uses Tango because it works without wifi. Ill use it with my friends and girlfriend atleast once a week.
  19. aphexacid macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2007
    I used it exactly once.

    Whats the point if you have to be on wifi?

    Hey, you just won the lotto! we're going to give you 1 billion dollars, but we have to break your legs and hands so you cant enjoy it ok?
  20. Russiaone macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    I used it once with my MacBook. No one I know has an iPod Touch 4 or an iPhone 4. Wait! That's a lie. My landlady has one, but why would I Facetime her?
  21. ADMProducer, Dec 12, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010

    ADMProducer macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    I use Facetime almost everyday since i'm living away from home,at University.
  22. CT1stMaxedOut09 macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    I never use FaceTime cause I also don't know a lot of people w/ the iPhone 4... My girlfriend has it but she refuses to FaceTime with me because she sees me anyways so I guess I'm SOL there haha.
  23. himesh macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2010
    Birmingham, England
    I've used it a few times, doesn't like to connect sometimes though. I called my Mac from iPhone just for the hell of it and my iPhone froze and then died! Wouldn't turn back on and had to restore it.
  24. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Skype is free too :p So are mobile to mobile minutes between other AT&T phones.
  25. bandrews macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
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    I've used it once with my best buddy who lives in LA and thought it worked really well. I know people complain about lack of cross-platform and 3G compatibility but in all the years I had a phone with video calling, I didn't use it once.
    It's a nice gimmick but it wouldn't be a deal breaker if the iPhone didn't have a front camera.

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