iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users could use the FaceTime feature over 3G in Apple’s iOS 5, 9to5mac reports. The Cupertino-based company has allegedly integrated this feature into its iOS 5 but users will only be able to use it provided that carriers will allow it.
Some carriers, particularly those from the Middle East have blocked the Wi-Fi FaceTime feature.
As a quick reminder, FaceTime was introduced alongside iPhone 4 and the feature enables Wi-Fi video conferences on the iPad 2, iPhone 4, iMac or Macbook computers. FaceTime is provided free of charge, irrespective of how long the video conference is.
Rumours appear to be confirmed by a screenshot which suggests Apple is preparing to enable 3G FaceTime support. Cydia already offers various tweaks that enable 3G FaceTime for jailbroken iOS devices but an integrated feature from Apple would be much more useful.
9To5Mac managed to enable the FaceTime feature over AT&T 3G in 2010 and the image quality was quite satisfying. The 3G FaceTime option is available but its implementation depends on carriers.
iOS 5 is now only available in its beta version and Apple could disable 3G FaceTime support in the iOS 5 gold master version. Hopefully there won't be any added costs incurred should FaceTime be implemented by carriers.