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Apple’s New iPad Still Requires Wi-Fi Connection for FaceTime, Despite 4G

FaceTime failed over 4G

Apple’s new iPad is the first of its iOS devices to adopt super speedy 4G LTE connectivity. But it still won’t let you make FaceTime calls on-the-go without finding a Wi-Fi hotspot first. Attempt to make a FaceTime call over 4G — or even 3G — and it will fail, just like it does on your iPhone or iPad 2.

FaceTime has remained exclusive to Wi-Fi connections since it was introduced back in 2010. iOS users have been screaming out for FaceTime over a 3G or 4G connection, but Apple is yet to support it.

It’s unclear why this is the case. Many believe that Apple has an agreement with carriers to disable video calls over their data connections because of the bandwidth they consume. (The Verge reports that your average FaceTime call weighs in at about 3MB per minute.) But other video calling services like Skype and Tango continue to work without Wi-Fi.

And FaceTime will work over 3G and 4G, too, if you’ve got a jailbroken iOS device. There are a number of tweaks in Cydia that will enable it, but of course, the new iPad cannot be jailbroken… yet.

Are you disappointed that FaceTime still requires Wi-Fi on the new iPad, even with its 4G capabilities?

[via The Verge]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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