FaceTime Over 4G LTE Not Permitted In New iPad

By  at Friday, March 16, 2012  

Today is the day when people who placed pre-orders early will receive their New iPad. Apple Retail Stores in 10 countries are also selling the New iPad since 8 a.m. Needless to say, the demand is off the charts. However a rather disappointing discovery has been made. It turns out that despite the fact that New iPad supports super fast 4G LTE networks, it still does not permit the user to make FaceTime calls over that network. Wi-Fi is still mandatory for making FaceTime calls on the New iPad.

For long people have wondered why FaceTime calls over 3G and now 4G networks is not allowed by the iPad. The New iPad supports 4G LTE on Verizon and AT&T. The speeds are over 20Mbps on downlink and over 12Mbps on uplink, which is blazingly fast. However The Verge couldn't make a FaceTime call on Verizon LTE using the New iPad.

As it turns out, mobile carriers are not happy with the idea of supporting FaceTime over their networks. Primarily because allowing this would severely overload their networks, and they surely wouldn't want that. Moreover, people would minimize the use of talk plans when they will have the ability to simply make a FaceTime call using their network. The fact remains, almost everyone has an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, all of which are capable of making FaceTime calls.

Do remember though, that it is possible to enable this functionality after jailbreaking the device. In the case of New iPad, we'll first have to wait for the New iPad to get jailbroken.

(via The Verge)

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