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  • FaceTime Still Missing on iPhone 4 in Parts of the Middle East

    Despite all the hype surrounding the iPhone 4's arrival in China, this weekend the iPhone 4 also debuted in parts of the Middle East. But a very important feature of the updated 4th generation Apple Smartphone was suspiciously absent. In both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, iPhone 4 buyers were stunned to learn that FaceTime was not an available feature.

    Several initial reports over the previous 24 hours covered the missing attribute but failed to chronicle exactly why the service is presently unavailable. As it now stands, the believed reason for the omitted service are local restrictions on VoIP technology that effectively inhibit the video communications that define FaceTime. Interestingly enough, though, Middle Eastern versions of Apple's website had promoted the FaceTime feature until just days ago, a misleading situation that has angered many fresh buyers of the smartphone.

    But while thousands of new iPhone 4 owners were unaware of this situation when they first purchased their device this weekend, the lack of FaceTime chat capabilities may not remain a permanent issue. For now the video chat functionality is said to be "currently unavailable" as the operators and regulators in the region are supposedly working together as we speak to allow this functionality sooner rather than later.

    PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FaceTime Still Missing on iPhone 4 in Parts of the Middle East started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. krizz2per's Avatar
      krizz2per -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Has your friend updated since he bought it? That seems to be where the problem is. If they update away from the stock firmware it came with it takes it away. If they set their region to the US then it comes back.
      ..she just bought her iphone4 a few days ago when i called her..and she has no knowledge in changing the region AFAIK...

      ..btw..we're using firmware 4.1...
    1. slavipz's Avatar
      slavipz -
      Iphone is available since the 30th of last month in Bulgaria, but despite it has been advertised on TV with the famous FaceTime ad, it would not activate... I called the call center of the operator and their reply was that Apple has decided not to offer facetime for now... however I have a factory unlocked Ihone from Canada and wasn't able to activate even with MiTime ... suckers
    1. Draxx's Avatar
      Draxx -
      Here are a few things you can try, to get Facetime up and running, wherever you are:

      1) Go into Settings>General>Reset and hit Reset Network Settings.

      2) Go into Settings>General>Network and enable 3G (even if you don't have a 3G network), Cellular Data and Data Roaming.

      3) Turn on WiFi and connect to a WiFi network (check its working by trying to browse a website).

      4) Go into Settings>Phone> switch on FaceTime. It will take a few minutes to try and activate. If it works, it means you had a problem with your initial Network Settings. If it doesn't work, switch on FaceTime again, and while it is trying to activate, use SBSettings to reboot the phone. When your phone restarts, you will see that FaceTime is activated now. (This is a workaround, and sometimes doesn't work).

      5) I've noticed that some apps cause FaceTime to screw up - these include MobileLog, TrackMyPhone etc. If you're really concerned about getting FaceTime up and running, I would suggest removing some apps, preferably one by one, (games usually dont matter). Keep repeating the process after removing 2-3 apps at a time, and eventually you'll get FaceTime working with proper activation (i.e. when the toggle switch remains in the ON position, and there is a message underneath, which says "Your phone number will be shared with people you call with FaceTime".

      Some folks including me, have posted apps which crash FaceTime in the forums, you'll have to search through the threads and ascertain if your phone has any of those apps, which might be causing your FaceTime to stall.

      Hope that helps, and happy FaceTiming!