The Verge has just confirmed that despite the new iPad’s super fast download speeds over LTE, FaceTime video chat still requires an active Wifi connection to work. Apple has once again blocked the use of FaceTime over regular data connection, without considering the blazing fast speeds of 4G networks. As noted by the source, Steve Jobs said “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.”
Quoting from the source:
“As you can see in the positively vexing screenshot above, attempting to initiate a FaceTime call over LTE fails out with a message exhorting you to connect to a Wi-Fi network. It’s the exact same behavior that iOS devices on 3G networks have always exhibited, but it’s doubly frustrating as Verizon’s LTE plans for the new iPad include Wi-Fi hotspot functionality at no extra cost. In other words, you could easily initiate a Wi-Fi hotspot from your new Verizon LTE iPad and use it to successfully make a FaceTime call from an iPhone”
I don’t believe this decision was made by Apple, rather the carriers are not allowing it to work at the moment. Don’t you think?
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