Apple has announced that video calls on its new iPhone 4 won't eat up users' free minutes.
Business Insider reports that an Apple representative has confirmed that the video calling feature will not use the free minutes on a user's phone tariff, but will instead allow users to make video calls to other iPhone 4 users using their Wi-Fi connections at homes and offices.
The Apple representative explained: “The voice call ends as soon as the FaceTime call connects. The FaceTime call is over Wi-Fi so does not use carrier minutes.”
A FaceTime video call can be activated from within a voice call, instantly terminating the mobile connection as it switches to video.
Apple considered the option of keeping the voice call running muted in the background of the video call, to act as a backup if the Wi-Fi signal failed, but seems to have decided against the idea.
Although video calls will be free to make at the moment, once FaceTime is made to work over 3G connections, Apple will have to charge for video calls over the mobile data network.