Thursday, March 15, 2012

FaceTime on LTE 'new iPads' still limited to wi-fi

When FaceTime was introduced back in 2010, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that "FaceTime's going to be wi-fi only in 2010. We need to work a little bit with the cellular providers to get ready for the future, so we're wi-fi only in 2010." Here we are in 2012, and FaceTime, even on LTE, is still going to be wi-fi only.

It's been confirmed that FaceTime video chat still won't work unless the device, in this case, the new iPad, is connected to wi-fi. We have to admit that's pretty annoying for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that some DSL is slower than LTE.

Also, Verizon is selling its new HomeFusion broadband service, which is just using its LTE service. Translation: LTE is good enough for broadband.

And finally, Verizon's version of the iPad (and those with agreeable carriers, but not AT&T) will offer a mobile hotspot service. That means you could start the hotspot, link your iPhone 4 or 4S to it, and do FaceTime because you are using wi-fi, as far as iOS is concerned.

It's definitely annoying. It's even more annoying when you consider that Skype video calls have worked on 3G for quite some time.

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