Why doesn't Apple allow FaceTime to be sent without a Sim card in iPhone 4S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aneftp, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    So you can facetime on airplane mode with wifi on (but only with a SIM card).

    But these days, I am just using my iPhone 4S as an "ipod touch" since I got my Nokia Lumia 900. I tried FaceTime with my wife (without the SIM card in the the iPhone 4S). Tried it on airplane mode with wifi and tried it not on airplane mode. Both times it gives me error message.

    Doesn't make any sense why Apple doesn't allow FaceTime without a SIM.

    I can still send iMessage over wifi without the SIM. So Apple knows my Apple ID

    What I don't get is I CAN STILL RECEIVE factime calls on my iPhone 4S without a SIM.

    Plus I can still place facetime calls WITHOUT my SIM in my Verizon LTE iPad. So is Apple discriminating again the iPhone users?
     
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Not true my uncle facetime with his iphone 4 without a sim card in! All u need to do is turn FT on and add an ID caller.
     
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    iPhones by default try to identify first by phone number, which is why it's looking for a SIM.

    Try going into Settings -> FaceTime and make sure an Apple ID is set. Then, scroll down to "Caller ID" and make sure the Apple ID is set instead of any phone number. See if maybe that will let you use FaceTime.
     
  4. aneftp thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, something is wrong with my Apple ID. I had imessage problems receiving it over the weekend until I restored my iMessage. Because I switched phones to Nokia Lumia 900. Users would receive my cellular texts .

    But when they send back to replies it would send back to my iMessages (which I didn't receive on my Nokia Lumia 900).

    Know having facetime issues. My cell phone number is "grayed" out and I can't change the default on the iPhone 4S. That's what's probably causing the Facetime problems.
     
  5. likethesoup2 macrumors 6502a

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    Am I missing something here?

    You got a Nokia, but you still want to use the iphone?

    There's a very simple solution - put the iphone on your plan.
     
  6. janparis18 macrumors newbie

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    Apple allows Facetime to be sent WITHOUT a SIM CARD

    I had the same problems, an IPHONE without SIM CARD, after loging in with apple ID (email), was trying to give a call. BUT I could not call. Well, that is what I found out:

    1) To facetime someone you must add contact to the phone, first
    2) The most important thing and probably the solution, the number must be in an exact format, because for example for the US, you must write: +1, mainly not 001, facetime doesn't recognize it, once there is no SIM CARD in the phone.

    the solution: always put the prefix with +, instead of 00

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    I had the same problems, an IPHONE without SIM CARD, after loging in with apple ID (email), was trying to give a call. BUT I could not call. Well, that is what I found out:

    1) To facetime someone you must add contact to the phone, first
    2) The most important thing and probably the solution, the number must be in an exact format, because for example for the US, you must write: +1, mainly not 001, facetime doesn't recognize it, once there is no SIM CARD in the phone.

    the solution: always put the prefix with +, instead of 00
     

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