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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. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      They told us at last year's keynote that they'd be doing this, and that they just needed to work with the carriers. Since we're paying for 'Apple data', and it's expensive enough to own an iPhone as it is, I'm sure Apple pushed them to make it free - as it should be.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Well lets hope for this, but I cant even get FaceTime to work in iOS 5! Is anyone else just stuck on "waiting for activation"?
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I think Apple is taking so many features that are popular with jailbreaking and integrating them natively in order to pull people away from jailbreaking, trying to make it not necessary anymore. But they don't realize that the vast majority of people who do jailbreak are always going to do it to their devices, no matter what Apple integrates into the OS.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      i didnt get this...i just tried and it need WiFi
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      lol....typical apple -.- taking ideas from the JB community,as always
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Well lets hope for this, but I cant even get FaceTime to work in iOS 5! Is anyone else just stuck on "waiting for activation"?
      I am in the same situation
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      i didnt get this...i just tried and it need WiFi
      yeah that Screencap looks fake, notice how "Unavailable" doesn't align vertically with "Factime", it's at least three pixels higher
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      It's not so much apple taking ideas from jailbreakers. As apple implementing things users demand. The fact of the matter is jalbreakers don't wait for apple they develop what they want when they want. If apple didn't impliment things that are vastly popular on jailbroken devices it would mean they are not listing to the users wants and needs.

      So I say kudos to the largest beta testing program via Cydia. Makes you wonder if the iphone R&D department has experienced the ra1n, sn0w, or pwn.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Apple copying the JB scene once again...i dont think Apple will every catch up tot he JB community as far as tweaks and apps that let us do what we want. Too late apple.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      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!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Doesnt seem to work just on 3g for me either
    1. mburlingame's Avatar
      mburlingame -
      Agree this is fake - all iOS 5 devices I have tested with do not allow FaceTime over 3G still WiFi only
    1. imilad's Avatar
      imilad -
      This was not taken from the JB community. This option was intentionally disabled by apple because our carrier at the time (AT&T) can't/could not handle the data rate. I can see how they are starting to enable it with LTE on verizon and AT&T rolling it out as we speak.

      Hopefully this is leading to a LTE iPhone running iOS5
    1. farfromovin's Avatar
      farfromovin -
      I'm not surprised they allow heavy data apps to be implemented. After all, ATT just wants to nail us for overage charges.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      If this goes toward monthly data usage, most consumers are going to be paying ridiculous overage fees. Between this & iCloud now is when we need unlimited data plans.
      I was lucky enough to have AT&T switch my unlimited plan to the 2GB cap. The jackass sales rep downgraded me when I got my iPhone 4 & AT&T wouldn't fix it. Even though I called them the same day.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Lets see now if ATT are going to start again with their annoying text message about the use of excessive data...
    1. brownan's Avatar
      brownan -
      hmm... that seems like it would use a lot of your data
    1. Du Blex's Avatar
      Du Blex -
      it better be free. its expensive to facetime someone over 3g! for the consumer at least
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by staterunner180 View Post
      I think Apple is taking so many features that are popular with jailbreaking and integrating them natively in order to pull people away from jailbreaking, trying to make it not necessary anymore. But they don't realize that the vast majority of people who do jailbreak are always going to do it to their devices, no matter what Apple integrates into the OS.
      I think they're taking those feature because they are great ideas to start with. And they probably secretly love the jailbreaking community because its so creative.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      More and more reason for one not to rely on a jb. Now if those of us with grandfathered unlimited data plans could tether natively, I would reconsider the need for a jb. Instead, At&t has tried either to entice us or deebo us off such plans. For me, I can't live w/o sbsettings, mywi, my3G and five icon dock. If Apple would natively incorporate these 4 features, I would be less compelled to Jb my iphone. Until then, Pwnagetool it is.