iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great

The iPhone 4 was officially released yesterday, and one of its highly touted new features is the front-facing camera and the inclusion of Apple FaceTime. The only serious drawback to the new FaceTime feature is that both parties must be connected to a WiFi network. Is this an Apple imposed limitation, or is this an AT&T limitation? Being a mobile technology junkie, I had to find out for myself if the AT&T network was capable of handling a high-quality FaceTime call.

Being the MacGyver of mobile computing that I am, here’s what I did to test it out. I took my Google Nexus One running Android 2.2 FroYo on the AT&T network and enabled the WiFi HotSpot feature as seen below:

Next up on the agenda was to configure the iPhone 4 to connect to the new WiFi network called “NexusOne” as seen below:

My next decision was who do I call on FaceTime to test this out? I know, why don’t a call Apple themselves? As of today, Apple has released a phone number for anyone with an iPhone 4 who wants to test out this feature. You first place a voice phone call to 1-888-FaceTime from your iPhone 4. An Apple representative will answer the line. They run you through a couple of checks to make sure that you have FaceTime enabled on your phone and that you are connected to a WiFi network. Once you’ve passed all of their tests, the Apple rep then places a FaceTime call to your iPhone 4. Seamlessly, the conversation switches from voice only to video and voice over FaceTime. Hello friendly Apple Rep.

I must say that the gentleman who assisted me was quite helpful. He managed to show me a few tips and tricks I would have eventually found myself. He was very polished in his delivery and seemed like he was well-prepped for any questions even the most tech savvy consumers could throw his way. One thing that he emphasized during the call was that I could multitask (another new iOS 4 feature) during a FaceTime call. Since he brought it up, I had to test it out by browsing to MobileJaw.

I guess the main question to ask now is who is to blame for this new feature being crippled to WiFi only at the moment. Apple or AT&T?

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Jason Young has written 2 posts on Mobile Jaw..

  • http://twitter.com/mobilejaw/status/17050726320 MobileJaw

    iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://tinyurl.com/2a8ek6g

  • http://twitter.com/miketemporale/status/17051057706 MikeTemporale

    Works fine on 3G, so Apple blocked it or AT&T? RT @MobileJaw: iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://tinyurl.com/2a8ek6g

  • http://twitter.com/nitaino/status/17051147949 Jackniel Delgado

    RT @MobileJaw: iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://tinyurl.com/2a8ek6g AT&T 3G isn't bad after all, Good Job for AT&T:)

  • http://twitter.com/jsnyng/status/17051152453 Jason Young

    iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://j.mp/9S61Nr – by @jsnyng

  • http://twitter.com/yzmolecular/status/17055001701 Yuval

    RT @jsnyng iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://j.mp/9S61Nr – by @jsnyng http://tumblr.com/xzoc6egcc

  • http://twitter.com/jsnyng/status/17055039657 Jason Young

    @gruber @scobleizer @pogue @danfrakes iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://j.mp/9S61Nr – Your thoughts?

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  • http://twitter.com/standandstretch/status/17056402261 Lucas Shaffer

    iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://j.mp/9S61Nr – by @jsnyng

  • http://twitter.com/socialshark/status/17056920113 Nathan Maxwell

    RT @lucaslshaffer: iPhone 4 FaceTime on AT&T 3G Works Great – http://j.mp/9S61Nr – by @jsnyng ~ i am sure it was AT&T that didn't allow this

  • http://twitter.com/googleandblog/status/18717550315 Michael Martin PMP

    .@kristy yup u get 3G on the Nexus One then provide it as a WiFi hotspot 2 an iPhone4 then viola Facetime chat via 3G – http://bit.ly/bilsK9

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F4ZAHXYQAQK2Z4BRDXMPTFJXXE Digital

    yeah att is blocking face time on 3g  check it out here 
    http://facetimefaceplant.tumblr.com/