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  • iOS 5.1.1 Warning Hints at FaceTime with 3G Support


    Warnings recently found in the latest version of iOS are suggesting that Apple’s plans to bring support for 3G wireless data connections to its FaceTime video chat feature.

    Basically, when a FaceTime call is active over Wi-Fi on an iPhone running on iOS 5.1.1 and a user turns off the “Enable 3G” option in the Settings, the operating system presents the user with a warning message that states: “Disabling 3G may end FaceTime. Are you sure you want to disable 3G?” The message was first noticed by the folks over at the Romanian Apple blog, iDevice and despite the warning, FaceTime video calls will continue over Wi-Fi uninterrupted even after 3G has been turned off or on. This suggests that Apple may possible be looking to bring 3G support to FaceTime.

    We knew that FaceTime can work over 3G if you downloaded the right file but this new error in 5.1.1 is the one that clearly makes mention of 3G. As of right now, we don’t know if we are testing things or if the carriers would even allow it and if so, how. We’ll have to patiently wait to see if this turns out to be true or if this is just erroneous information.

    Source: iDevice
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5.1.1 Warning Hints at FaceTime with 3G Support started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      i live outside the mainland, but i hear sprint commercials all the time. is sprint truly unlimited?
    1. Jupit3r's Avatar
      Jupit3r -
      I'm pretty sure Apple wanted this in the beginning when FaceTime was introduce however it was the carriers who wouldn't allow it. Either way their is always so much Apple Hate on this site it's kinda annoying...
    1. Loxs's Avatar
      Loxs -
      Wouldn't really say apple is stealing ideas. It was probably more a case of apple didn't want it over 3G intially due to video quality reasons (it's 2 years old and the networks have come along way in those 2 years) and also partly in agreement with cellular companies to keep insane amounts of traffic of their networks (whilst they still had alot of users with unlimited data agreements).

      Facetime is without doubt the best mobile video call platform, beats Skype hands down. The video quality is twice as good on facetime. I use facetime roughly 4/5 times a week to either speak to family in the US or for my son to phone my parents to say hello. For me its one of the best features apple has implemented. I even use it on my MBA and works really well. Only wish is for apple to open it up to allow windows users and droid users. Until they do i need to keep skype on my phone.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      another unpaid solicitation ...
    1. crouching's Avatar
      crouching -
      It's news like this that I am glad I switched to Sprint. I use 26GB of data a month. Love it!
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      It's news like this that I am glad I switched to Sprint. I use 26GB of data a month. Love it!
      26gb a month?? Really? Wow
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Now we just need facetime without the video feature. Why? Essentially VOIP without using cellular minutes.



      It's ALWAYS nice to see Apple removing restrictions. 3G unrestrictor also costs money. This does not.
      so you're using your data. not much of a difference there if you're not on an unlimited plan on on someone's wifi. there are tons of other voip apps available for free (skype) already.

      3g unrestrictor costs less than a big mac. if you can afford an iphone, you can afford such a cheap app if you have a need for it.

      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      It's cool that apple is again stealing ideas from the jailbreaking community though. Free R&D by those that are jailbroken and then implement!
      please. if you think apple never intended to allow facetime over 3g you're pretty dim. it's the carriers who want this restricted, it's cutting into their services and profits!

      what i'd like to see is apple make good on their promise to open the facetime protocol so others can implement it. jobs promised it years ago and never delivered.
    1. crouching's Avatar
      crouching -
      I mainly tether to my laptop and play WoW on it haha
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      AT&T needs unlimited data back.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      1. the government will release more of the spectrum to the civilian public, freeing up space for more cellular data.
      2. providers will find a way to split the spectrum space they already have.
      3. a new form of spectrum will be discovered and implemented.
      4. unlimited data will flow like water.
      5. providers will make a lot of money.
      6. everybody is happy again.
      ... too easy
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by hank197857 View Post
      1. the government will release more of the spectrum to the civilian public, freeing up space for more cellular data.
      2. providers will find a way to split the spectrum space they already have.
      3. a new form of spectrum will be discovered and implemented.
      4. unlimited data will flow like water.
      5. providers will make a lot of money.
      6. everybody is happy again.
      ... too easy
      You forgot to mention finding a wireless transition method that does not rely on CDMA - the whole premis of CDMA is that one stream can be divided for multiple users to access ( the clue is in the name) it was never intended for data hogs .