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  • iOS 5 Appears to Follow JB Lead Making FaceTime Available Over 3G


    It looks like Apple has taken yet another directive from the JB community, which was more than just a few steps ahead of the Cupertino titans when jailbreakers brought FaceTime to 3G last year. But it now appears that iOS 5 will make the feature available to non-jailbroken iPhones too.

    Based on the findings of a few curious devs who have poked around the new iOS 5 beta, FaceTime is poised to work over 3G for the first official time. However, just because the functionality is there and images from users tinkering with the beta confirm it, there's one enormous variable that could impact if and how we enjoy or access FaceTime over 3G. I'm referring, naturally, to Apple's carriers in the US.

    Although I could be wrong, it seems highly unlikely that AT&T and Verizon will simply stand by and watch as Apple enables FaceTime to work over the carriers' respective (and already burdened) networks. Instead, one would logically assume that additional fees or data plan tiers would be implemented over time. Of course, that's just my assumption. Please keep in mind that inquiries to both AT&T and Verizon this afternoon did not yield a response on the matter.

    Nonetheless, it doesn't come as a major shocker that Apple is traveling down the path of 3G FaceTime usage. Many believe Apple should have provided that functionality when the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 originally dropped last year. And if not for JB, we still wouldn't know the joys that non-JB iPhones continue to miss out on

    Source: 9 to 5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5 Appears to Follow JB Lead Making FaceTime Available Over 3G started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Why do people complain about Apple taking jailbreak ideas? I welcome this so I don't have to have a "hack" for my favorite features which requires more RAM. If Apple wrote in Gridlock, infinifolders, inifinidock, activator, quick reply, PhotoAlbums+, SB Settings, and Shrink into the OS I wouldn't have to jailbreak!
      Agreed, but we all know that's not gonna happen anytime soon. And if they did Apple would probably limit it in some way like they do most things.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Are you guys for real? This problem was caused entirely by AT&T all along. Their network couldn't handle it. Apple always wanted this feature. It has nothing to do with the jailbreak community whatsoever.
    1. Crumb's Avatar
      Crumb -
      This isnt the only thing. Notice how in the iOS 5 update their new "lock screen" that Apple made looks kinda like those LockInfo packages you see in Cydia
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      as slow as 3G is in my area, im sure FACETIME would suffer from the slow data rates. i already have 3GUnrestrictor to allow FACETIME to work on 3G and it sucks
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Why do people complain about Apple taking jailbreak ideas? I welcome this so I don't have to have a "hack" for my favorite features which requires more RAM. If Apple wrote in Gridlock, infinifolders, inifinidock, activator, quick reply, PhotoAlbums+, SB Settings, and Shrink into the OS I wouldn't have to jailbreak!
      And Auto Location!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I can't find this type of screen anywhere. I tried all options and scenarios I could think of to get this screen and it was a no go.
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Are you guys for real? This problem was caused entirely by AT&T all along. Their network couldn't handle it. Apple always wanted this feature. It has nothing to do with the jailbreak community whatsoever.
      I agree, this was probly largely AT&T and TBH I have no issue with them doing this. So many ppl b**ch and moan about the network sucking, why would they want a data hog like FaceTime making it worse? Personally I have almost perfect network quality w/ Big Blue so I definitely don't want that to change if the net's not ready to handle more traffic; I'd rather continue not having F/T and keep my 3G up and fast.
    1. nomad707's Avatar
      nomad707 -
      something we all wanted from the Facetime release. hopefully the carriers go for.
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      it's apple's hands that are tied in this case., the network mismanagement at AT&T is unbelievable in ways that I wouldn't have thought imaginable.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      this is a great news
    1. iTek's Avatar
      iTek -
      This may sound stupid, but why not use one of the many other video chat/call apps that are already on App Store? I have a couple of them and they work fine if the signal is good. Just a thought.