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No FaceTime Over Verizon Network

by Tom Moccia | January 21, 2011January 21, 2011 7:00 am PDT

While the iPhone  may finally be coming to Verizon’s network next month, one thing certainly isn’t and that is the FaceTime video service.

When the iPhone was initially released on the AT&T network, the popularity of the device practically crippled the companies cellular network. AT&T’s network has been stressed from the beginning with the iPhone, and users have been complaining about dropped calls, slow data connections and inaccessible service. It seems as if Verizon has learned some lessons from the growing pains of AT&T, in relation to the iPhone anyway.

Similar to AT&T, Verizon iPhones will not be able to make FaceTime video calls over Verizon’s network. Just as on AT&T, users will only be able to utilize this feature when the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Apple Spokeswoman, Natalie Kerris spoke with the San Jose Mercury News and said, “FaceTime requires Wi-Fi, same as on iPhone 4 on AT&T today.” There is no plan to allow FaceTime calls on either network this year, however, Apple did say they would discuss the issue with its carrier partners and try to convince them to let video calls over their cellular network.

The fact that Verizon is following the lead of AT&T in relation to FaceTime calls is a bit surprising. Verizon has come across a extremely confident in handling iPhone user’s data traffic and has promoted the stoutness of its network. AT&T customers can make video calls with third party applications such as Skype, Fring and Tango, but Verizon brass has sidestepped the question on whether those applications will function similarly on their network. For now it looks like all iPhone users will be looking foe Wi-Fi hotspots to conduct their FaceTime calls.

TechnoBuffalo readers, is this still an issue with you or has the fact you can only use FaceTime over Wi-Fi no longer a big deal?


Tom Moccia

Tom Moccia is a native of Stamford, Connecticut and moved his family west in 2000 and now calls Stockton, California home with his wife and two...

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