FaceTime Might Soon be Allowed to Run Over 3G

When FaceTime was first released in 2010 alongside the iPhone 4, many people were disappointed to find that it could only be used with a Wi-Fi connection, and not over 3G as expected, meaning no FaceTime on the go.

FaceTime’s limiting Wi-Fi only restriction may be lifted soon though, as indicated by a new warning found in iOS 5.1.1.

According to Romanian Apple website iDevice, when a FaceTime call is made on Wi-Fi with an iPhone running iOS 5.1.1, if a user turns off the “Enable 3G” option in the Settings application, the following warning message pops up: “Disabling 3G may end FaceTime. Are you sure you want to disable 3G?”

If you do turn off the 3G setting, the FaceTime call will continue with your Wi-Fi connection, so it looks like the warning might be targeted towards users who are using FaceTime with 3G rather than with Wi-Fi.

When Steve Jobs first introduced FaceTime, he mentioned that it was not available over 3G at the request of cellular networks, rather than a limitation with the iPhone and the iPad (it’s been available on jailbroken devices for quite some time).

Jobs said that Apple had to “work a little bit with the cellular providers” to offer FaceTime over 3G, so it’s possible that one or more cell phone carriers have finally decided to allow 3G FaceTime access.

[via Gizmodo]

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