Facetime! Facetime!! Facetime!!!


Hey there!

Something struck me to look into this App called Facetime and share with you what it really is about. I was actually …….

Thinking Out Loud!

• What’s this waves and talks about Facetime?

• When did it all start and whose idea was it?

• How can you be a part of this face message wave?

• How cost effective is it?

• And many more of course.

What is FaceTime?

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FaceTime is Apple’s video and audio calling service. Think of it as a phone that uses your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection instead of traditional phone lines. You can use it from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, to call anyone else using any one of those devices.

FaceTime is a proprietary videotelephony product developed by Apple Inc. FaceTime is available on supported iOS mobile devices and Macintosh computers that run Mac OS X 10.6.6 and later. FaceTime supports any iOS device with a forward-facing camera and any Macintosh computer equipped with a FaceTime Camera.

FaceTime Audio, an audio-only version, is available on any iOS device that supports iOS 7 or newer, and any Macintosh with a forward-facing camera running Mac OS X 10.9.2 and later. FaceTime is included for free in iOS and in Mac OS from Mac OS X Lion (10.7) onwards.

Apple bought the “FaceTime” name from FaceTime Communications, who changed their name to Actiance, Inc. Soon after, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced FaceTime on June 7, 2010, in conjunction with the iPhone 4 in a Keynote speech at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

As long as you’re on Wi-Fi or cellular data, you can stay in touch with family and friends, even while traveling, connect with anyone in the world, even without a long distance plan, and not only hear but see the people you’re talking to.

How to make a FaceTime Video call from your iPhone or iPad

• Launch the FaceTime app from your Home screen.

• Tap the search bar in the upper center of the screen.

• Type the name of the contact you’d like to call.

• Tap the contact.

• Tap the video button on the far right. It looks like a video camera.

• Note that Facetime App comes already installed in your iPhone or Apple device.

Are Facetime Calls Free?

Facetime is not like a standard call as you are not billing for the time that the call lasts instead you are charged for the amount of data that you use during the call. Facetime is free when using Wi-Fi, however Facetime will use your data allowance using a GPRS, EDGE or 3G connection.

And with FaceTime audio, the call is free. These calls don’t eat into your cellphone minutes and aren’t transmitted over your cell carrier’s voice network; instead, these are Internet calls. When you’re in a Wi-Fi hotspot, they’re completely free.

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How much does Facetime cost?

Similarly, no cellular calling minutes are used during the video portion of a FaceTime call. FaceTime calling can be used over a cellular data connection with an iPhone. Using FaceTime over a cellular data connection (3G / LTE) will use your data plan.

Five (5) minutes of FaceTime video calling uses up to 15 MB of data.

Where’s FaceTime for Android?

When Steve Jobs first announced FaceTime for the iPhone 4 back in 2010, he said not only was it based on open standards, but that Apple would be releasing the FaceTime protocol itself as an open standard. This would allow third parties to create FaceTime clients for Android, Windows, BlackBerry, or any other platform. Now, years later, there’s still no open standard release in sight, much less cross-platform FaceTime clients. So, what happened?

Sorry, Android fans, but the answer is No: You cannot use FaceTime on Android. Apple doesn’t make FaceTime for Android. This means that there are no other FaceTime-compatible video calling apps for Android. … But there is good news: FaceTime is just one video-calling app.

Conclusion

Well folks this is my findings and brief research on FaceTime. Let me know your own findings, your take, and your contribution. That would help a lot of other people, you never know.

Drop me any questions and comments plus contributions below and would sure respond to you.

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2 comments on “Facetime! Facetime!! Facetime!!!

Tochukwu

The FaceTime app doesn’t seem to work on my iPhone 6. How can I fix this problem.

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Angelica

Hi Tochukwu,
I think you need to read down the manual and see what you need to do because facetime should work with your iphone 6.
Or better still take it to any Apple shop outlet around you and am sure they can rectify that for you.
Let me know how that went when you do.
All the best
Angelica.

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