Facetime over 3G with iOS 4 jailbreak

Less than 24 hours after the iOS 4 jailbreak went live, according to MacStories, some crafty developers have devised a way to make Facetime work over a 3G connection. As of now, Facetime only officially works over a WiFi connection, and is cited as a huge limitation of the popular video chatting service. After all, what good is mobile functionality that isn’t fully mobile?

Jailbreakers aren’t the first to have access to 3G Facetime. Fring was actually the first app to feature this, and last we checked, it didn’t go over so well. The sudden surge in 3G video calling bandwidth forced Fring to temporarily decrease service to their Skype user base, causing uproar at Skype that ultimately led to Skype pulling out of Fring and threatening legal action. Fring still offers video chat over 3G, but it became pretty obvious that giving the entire iPhone 4 user base the sudden ability to use large amounts of video bandwidth was no small task. A relatively small amount of users will be jailbreaking their phones, so the risk of another run on bandwidth is somewhat mitigated. However, AT&T is already suffering from bandwidth congestion as it is. Another slew of users transferring video over the crowded 3G connections is certainly not something they’ll be happy about. AT&T hasn’t made any comment yet, but don’t be surprised if this behavior is fought in an update.  

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The FCC has put some much red tape in the way of developement, and cities, townships, all want a piece of the action, and put taxes on the networks, so no wonder ISP are hesitant to develop their networks.

Are we talking about Jail Breakers meaning there's now video calling on i phone 4 that connects you to another i phone 4 with out any interuptions or cutting out. so now we can Concerntrate on wifi connections then 3g/4g networks.

Doesn't seem a fantastic time to move on into 4G Era despite Google attempt to bring out the first 4G Android Phone!

In fact,if a country is capable of coverage wifi to their whole nation no matter where they are and without a signal issues. Invest on wifi rather 3G/4G

I really think facetime is only a useful/interesting feature if it's able to use 3G. If I have wifi, I'm probably at home and could just use skype anyway.

qwexor said,
If I have wifi, I'm probably at home

While that may be true for you and some other people, more and more places are now offering free wifi access (hotels, resturants, coffee shops, book stores, hospitals, and even some shopping malls, to name a few), so this is actually quite useful in those places. Which would you rather use, your limited 3G data or free, unlimited wifi?

qwexor said,
I really think facetime is only a useful/interesting feature if it's able to use 3G. If I have wifi, I'm probably at home and could just use skype anyway.
To be honest I think FaceTime is a gimmick, I mean who is going to use it while they are out? apart from looking like a prat when your using it, you have to stop because you can't video chat and walk (without crashing into something). Video calling never caught on for a reason, it was impractical on a mobile device. I'm sure it can be very useful at home when your in a chair/sofa and want video chat with a friend/loved one but outside that I can't see it being that useful at all. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

roadwarrior said,
Which would you rather use, your limited 3G data or free, unlimited wifi?

My unlimited 3G, since it's everywhere I go and, as I said, unlimited. AT&T's data caps are rediculous, that's why I have T-Mobile, along with many other reasons.

andrewbares said,

AT&T's data caps are rediculous, that's why I have T-Mobile, along with many other reasons.

Well, since Verizon is following in AT&T's footsteps on caps, how long do you think it will be before T-Mobile does the same thing? My money says they will before the end of the year.

I wonder what it's like in the U.K, I want to see someone try it over 3. That's supposedly the biggest 3G network here.

And AT&T can't really do anything right? Jailbreaking is legal, so they can't really block anyone doing it via jailbreak.

TechDudeGeorge said,
I wonder what it's like in the U.K, I want to see someone try it over 3. That's supposedly the biggest 3G network here.

And AT&T can't really do anything right? Jailbreaking is legal, so they can't really block anyone doing it via jailbreak.

Data caps. People will use up their data faster than usual, meaning that AT&T will make even more money.

AT&T can't do anything, but they can profit....

Does it matter considering they have caps on bandwidth now? It's your data. You should be free to use it as you please.

Because at&t like to sleep with their money rather than spent it on something usefull. They want to just do a upgrade here and there and noting big for the consumer.

+Ichigo+ said,
Because at&t like to sleep with their money rather than spent it on something usefull. They want to just do a upgrade here and there and noting big for the consumer.

I concur. Very true. +100

+Ichigo+ said,
Because at&t like to sleep with their money rather than spent it on something usefull. They want to just do a upgrade here and there and noting big for the consumer.

Yeah people seems to forget that companies are not in it for the wish to help people, money its what rules them, how much the spend or saves increases profit; but its quite clear that bandwidth issues will only increase and very fast, there are new technologies already but nobody is willing to go full throttle with them right now....why would you, if you're making tons of money and taking just a few angry consumers, while the vast majority just don't files complains.

Why ISPs just don't start building better networks and increase the bandwidth instead of putting more and more limits ? how long they will continue putting limits ?

kInG aLeXo said,
Why ISPs just don't start building better networks and increase the bandwidth instead of putting more and more limits ? how long they will continue putting limits ?
Move to a different country, works great elsewhere.

kInG aLeXo said,
Why ISPs just don't start building better networks and increase the bandwidth instead of putting more and more limits ? how long they will continue putting limits ?
Although it will make our lives easier, it will increase a lot of radiation too which is not good for health.

It would be better if this companies start investing in research for better technologies.

kInG aLeXo said,
Why ISPs just don't start building better networks and increase the bandwidth instead of putting more and more limits ? how long they will continue putting limits ?

It's not that easy. Remember they oversell the Bandwith and it is veeeeery expensive upgrading to better servers for better data redistribution.

Jose_49 said,

It's not that easy. Remember they oversell the Bandwith and it is veeeeery expensive upgrading to better servers for better data redistribution.

Yes but they have to do it sooner or later, they can't just keep putting limits.More and more people with their devices are being connected everyday, putting limits won't just work forever.Whenever they have the chance to either pay little money and upgrade, or be greedy and put limits, and they always pick the second option.

Alastyr said,
Move to a different country, works great elsewhere.

Not for so long really, more and more ISPs in other countries are putting limits under different names like "Fair Use Policy", or they are no longer offering "unlimited" data plans to new customers, allowing only for limited plans, which are just getting more and more limited.

kInG aLeXo said,

Yes but they have to do it sooner or later, they can't just keep putting limits.More and more people with their devices are being connected everyday, putting limits won't just work forever.Whenever they have the chance to either pay little money and upgrade, or be greedy and put limits, and they always pick the second option.

True. But nobody knows what real happens, although is very probable the second option.