iOS to support FaceTime calls over 3G in the near future?

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I use FaceTime on my iPad about once a week to catch up with family members who don’t live near me. It’s a great service, but it’s currently missing one thing: calls over 3G data.

iOS was updated two weeks ago to version 5.1.1. It brought a few bug fixes and stability improvements (obviously), but it also brought this new warning message. It appears when you are in a FaceTime call, go to settings, and enable or disable 3G.

While iOS doesn’t actually support 3G FaceTime calls just yet, this warning message is a pretty good indication that it will – eventually. But remember that even if an operating system supports a feature, it doesn’t mean every carrier will. AT&T used to block iOS tethering capabilities and the ability to sideload Android apps, so there’s always the possibility of some carrier ruining the fun for its customers.

The only way for us to know which carriers will be party crashers is to wait until this feature goes live. If you own a Facetime-capable, 3G-equipped iDevice, are you excited to video call your friends and family while you’re on the go?

[iDevice (translated) via AppleInsider]
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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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