I’m sure most of you have seen the T-Mobile commercials that poke fun at the iPhone 4’s inability to make video calls outside of a Wi-Fi area. The tagline at the end of the ads is always “Introducing the new T-Mobile MyTouch 4G, video chat without needing Wi-Fi.”

Although the commercials don’t account for services like Skype or jailbreakers using the My3G utility, they are otherwise spot-on. Apple’s popular FaceTime video chat service has been restricted to Wi-Fi usage since its inception last year, but that could all change in iOS 5

Since the beta release of iOS 5 went live Monday, developers and other curious folks have been combing the new software for new and updated features. The latest find comes from a 9to5Mac reader who just sent in an interesting screen shot to the Apple blog.

“We’ve been hearing that FaceTime will work over 3G in iOS 5 but it will be up to carriers to allow it (like Tethering or VoIP apps); A reader sent in this screenshot which seems to confirm that Apple plans on enabling FaceTime for those carriers that allow it.”

While the ability to video chat over 3G would be a welcomed surprise for many iPhone 4 users, it’s not a sure thing just yet. iOS 5 isn’t scheduled to officially release until sometime this fall, and the unlimited data plan seems to be slowly becoming an endangered species.

I personally have been video chatting over 3G for quite some time now, but would love to have the option to do it natively from the stock FaceTime app. Combine this with a slew of other new features in iOS 5 and Apple seems to be giving the jailbreak community a run for its money.

What do you think? Are you excited that FaceTime calls could go 3G in iOS 5?

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  • Gunnar

    Just free the Youtube app already. I’m watching videos in perfect quality through the web app, but cant in the native one.

  • I’mAlive

    Lol just seen this article on a different blog but unlike your site, they worded it differently and made it sound like it was coming to the 3g iPhone and we all know that isn’t supported by ios5, I was like wtf are you chatting lol

  • Babeh

    Still no native 3g video call?
    Thanks to yahoo got free ym videocall feature.
    Skype android also offer free videocall.

  • William

    I’ve used Facetime over 3G (thanks to the magic of 3G unrestrictor) with a number of my friends.
    & honestly, the result is very disappointing, video quality is crap, and the connection freeze up all the time. Maybe Facetime over 4G network will make more sense.

  • FaceTime using My3G works fine for me. I forget i have it. Just FaceTime whenever i feel like it lol

  • Joeyjojo

    Personally 3G or wifi, makes no difference to me I don’t know anybody else with an iphone4, so FaceTime is wasted on my device! However enabling FaceTime to work on 3G and to call any mobile with video call capability would be te bee’s knees! I know a few people I probably would use this on but I cant see apple letting video calls go beyond an iPhone iPod or mac.

  • questioner

    Anyone knows how to enable facetime on t-mobile?

  • Pozz

    I has been update to iOS 5 But Unable To Load Carrier Network list I’m Using Officail Carrier And I did Acctivate Still No Carrier How Can I do May Downgrade To 4.3.3

    • Braulio

      google it dude… or even youtube it… it’s every wehre

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  • Zac Massey

    At that screen, my iPhone has said “Turn on cellulr data or use Wi-Fi to activate FaceTime.”…not “…to use FaceTime.”