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.