Hints found in iOS point to 3G support for FaceTime

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When Apple announced the iPhone 4, the company also introduced FaceTime that allows users to make video calls between iOS devices. The best thing about FaceTime is that it isn’t built to work as a separate application, but is integrated right into the iOS. The worst thing is that it only works when the devices are on a WiFi network.

While Apple promised they were working with network providers to bring the service over 3G, months passed without an update from Apple. It now seems iOS users won’t have long to wait much longer, as Apple is reportedly testing the service over 3G networks. Evidence of this appears in an error message given in iOS 5.1.1 indicating that FaceTime could soon be used without the need for a WiFi connection.

Appleinsider replicated the error show above, producing the message: “Enabling 3G will end your phone call. Are you sure you want to enable 3G?” Despite the message, Appleinsider noted that enabling or disabling the 3G network didn’t interrupt their FaceTime calls.

Although the functionality isn’t found inside iOS 5.1.1, it may be an indication that Apple is working with mobile carriers to debut the service in iOS 6 at WWDC 2012. Let’s see when Apple finally lifts their FaceTime existing WiFi restrictions whether carriers will approve such a capability (over their 3G cellular networks) especially when the mobile providers are placing data caps on individual devices.

Via [Appleinsider]

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