New iPad still doesn’t allow FaceTime calls over cellular connection

By , Mar 15, 2012

Even though it’s been around for a couple of years now, FaceTime has really struggled to gain massive user adoption. Mac and iOS owners just aren’t using it as much as you think they would for a free, no-hassle video-calling service.

One of the main reasons for its stumbles is the fact that iOS devices have not been able to make FaceTime calls outside of Wi-Fi networks (unless you’re jailbroken obviously). And it doesn’t look like that’s going to change with the new iPad

Having received an early review unit, the folks over at The Verge have confirmed that the new iPad is still not able to make FaceTime calls over a cellular connection — despite its blazing-fast LTE radio. You might be wondering why Apple would continue to overlook such a feature, but we’re guessing it has a lot more to do with the carriers.

Dieter Bohn of The Verge recalls this comment by Steve Jobs at the iPhone 4 event in 2010: ”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.”

So why are carriers call blocking FaceTime? Well for one, it would add significant stress to their networks. And two, what would stop customers from dropping their minutes on their cellular plans down to the bare minimum and just start using FaceTime more?

Obviously, there is a still a chance that Apple and cell phone providers will come to an agreement in the near future. But we’re not going to hold our breath.

What’s your take on FaceTime over LTE? Should carriers allow it?

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  • Anonymous

    I was about to say, it doesn’t make since that you can’t FaceTime with LTE connections. But your explanation explains it. Carriers will lose money, and their networks would be over taxed. They need start puting up more wi-fi then!

  • http://twitter.com/christodouluke Luke Christodoulou

    I wonder if 3GVenice would work for LTE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=676711822 Taz Lines

    my new iPad is saying that it is “out for delivery” and that it has left the depot. any chance of recieveing it today?

    • http://twitter.com/scottilmnc Poppa Carter

      what do you think “out for delivery” means? I’ll help. It means that it’s out for delivery.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=676711822 Taz Lines

        But it left the depot at 7 and it’s now 1:15 and it’s not here yet. I can’t stay in my house all day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-YoDuh-Castillo/674406718 Angel YoDuh Castillo

      Your lucky…mine was sitting with a “Deliver Exception” in Nashville, TN since the 13th and it JUST left at 1am. I’m in Florida..

  • waleed LA

    i am going to call Tim Cook and ask him to enable FaceTime over 3G network xD
    got his contact from the image above…relax lads ;)

  • http://twitter.com/rpraveen360  iPraveen 4S 

    This makes sense…….

  • Anonymous

    Just use SKYPE!!!

    I use SKYPE video chat with my iPhone4 on both the 3G and WiFi network.

    I don’t even need to Jailbreak to do this.

    Yes, its TOTALLY SUCKS that the convenience of Facetime is not enabled with the iPhone.

    I suspect, since Apple needs ‘feature/sizzle” to sell their phones (i.e. Siri) that we will see Facetime enabled with the iPhone5.

  • Anonymous

    Just use SKYPE!!!

    I use SKYPE video chat with my iPhone4 on both the 3G and WiFi network.

    I don’t even need to Jailbreak to do this.

    Yes, its TOTALLY SUCKS that the convenience of Facetime is not enabled with the iPhone.

    I suspect, since Apple needs ‘feature/sizzle” to sell their phones (i.e. Siri) that we will see Facetime enabled with the iPhone5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AKChris82 Chris Williams

    is THAT really TIM Cooks #?