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  • No Cell Minutes Used for iPhone FaceTime Calls

    Dan Frommer of Silicon Alley Insider is sharing some good news with iPhone 4 buyers and prospective buyers this weekend. According to his sources from Apple, the new FaceTime video calls - as hoped - won't use any carrier minutes even when initiated from within a voice call.

    The report comes as a welcome morsel of positive news as many AT&T customers have grown restless and eager to find out more about the potential costs and restrictions of the long-awaited iPhone video call feature.

    While some have accused both Apple and AT&T of using "cryptic language" when referring to the FaceTime feature, many of the details we've waited for are now finally be coming to light. After all, the Apple rep told Frommer that "The voice call ends as soon as the FaceTime call connects. The FaceTime call is over Wi-Fi so does not use carrier minutes." That's pretty straightforward and far from "cryptic."

    Apart from the ease with which carrier minutes would disintegrate if absorbed during FaceTime calls, some AT&T customers also expressed concern that a shoddy 3G mobile connection would preclude users from having an enjoyable, smooth video phone call. Wi-Fi reliability will underpin FaceTime calls, which won't have the voice call continued in the background as a "backup" should the video call abruptly end.

    For the next version of FaceTime that works over 3G, Apple and its carrier partners will need to decide how those calls are billed -- as minutes toward voice calling, as data toward monthly data caps, or both, or something entirely different.
    As our friends at Apple Insider reported, it is certainly possible but not yet confirmed that Apple may soon make it possible to initiate FaceTime calls from a future iPod touch - one designed with a corresponding camera optimized for such functionality.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No Cell Minutes Used for iPhone FaceTime Calls started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 88 Comments
    1. smittyjf's Avatar
      smittyjf -
      I hope FT over 3g is released sooner than later. Good luck finding a hotspot that doesn't block the ports needed to be used for it to work.
      Most places only allow port 80 and maybe POP email.
      There have been numerous complaints about this already. It's just not a feesable option unless you are on a wifi connection that has most ports open or a router that you can configure yourself.

    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      is 1888 FACETIME working right now?

      im going to act a fool over FT lol
    1. thekid05's Avatar
      thekid05 -
      3g unrestrictor or miwi, i cant wait, facetime anywhere

      mee too
    1. JaMaBBo's Avatar
      JaMaBBo -
      I think it's a great post. I mean hell just open Skype on your phone. You can make free skype to skype calls over 3g untill Aug 10th. After that you will be charged for it... WTF!?!

      Looks like I will be taking my skype app and shoving it. Not sure if anyone else thinks this is BS, and if you do I think we all need to start ******** to Skype.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Anyone want to put their phone in a bag underwater and call the FaceTime number?
    1. JaMaBBo's Avatar
      JaMaBBo -
      lmao @ CZroe
    1. MBCMDR's Avatar
      MBCMDR -
      I"m sure there will be JB app that will disable cam and allow the free call. As know skype working there gig for facetime ability "free"
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Anyone want to put their phone in a bag underwater and call the FaceTime number?
      Quote Originally Posted by JaMaBBo View Post
      lmao @ CZroe
      It might work better if you use a boom-less behind-the-ear Bluetooth headset, like the Jabra Stone, and then submerged your face (not the headset) and talked. If you can, try to get a fish to float by while you're talking.