It Looks Like Verizon's iPhone Won't Have 3G FaceTime
We'll have to wait for a 4G iPhone
It's not a surprise, but it is a disappointment. Even with some time to make video calling possible over a 3Gmobile data network, it appears as though Apple wasn't able to get the job done for Verizon.
"FaceTime requires Wi-Fi. Same as on iPhone 4 on AT&T today," said Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris in a San Jose Mercury News story.
Since the introduction of the iPhone 4 last year, one of the most popular and talked-about features is the FaceTime application, which makes video chatting with other iPhone users an easy, seamless, and fun experience. However, both users must be connected to Wi-Fi since a mobile 3G network isn't powerful enough to run dual live video streams with enough fidelity.
That has led to one of the biggest features that Sprint likes to tote with its 4G network - the ability to place video calls on a similar app, via the phone's wireless network. T-Mobile is now boasting the same with its 4G interface. However, neither AT&T nor Verizon has a fully operational 4G network yet, as there are no 4G phones running on either provider. That will change in the next several months, though.
We were hoping Apple would have been working to optimize FaceTime so the Verizon iPhone could run it over 3G, but it looks like that's just too monumental of a task.
Mark Raby Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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