4G LTE Support Doesn’t Change FaceTime Requirements
Many of the major, big gun tech websites were sent review units of the new iPad, and one of the more prominent ones, The Verge reports that the support for LTE with the release of the new iPad doesn’t change Apple’s requirements for FaceTime. You still much be connected to a Wi-Fi network.
“We’ve just confirmed that although the new iPad has incredibly fast download and upload speeds over LTE, FaceTime video chat still won’t work directly on the 4G network. As you can see in the positively vexing screenshot above, attempting to initiate a FaceTime call over LTE fails out with a message exhorting you to connect to a Wi-Fi network.”
It certainly is vexing that despite the fact that 4G LTE usually boasts a greater bandwith to that of Wi-Fi networks, network providers still refuse to allow people to FaceTime without a Wi-Fi connection. When Steve Jobs first announced FaceTime, he mentioned that Apple needed to work alongside with carriers to allow the aforementioned FaceTime calls when not connected to Wi-Fi. He stated that the inability to do so would last until 2010 but stretching into 2012, users still aren’t able to.
When AT&T boosted their data capacities just awhile ago, they didn’t fail to omit that people would using exorbitant amounts of data when roaming. This is evidently the cause for carrier’ refusal to still not allow users to FaceTime over 3G and now 4G LTE for the fear of strained networks and too much data consumption.