7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2010 10:13 PM by Obas1
saddact Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I see that FaceTime only uses WiFi right now and not the phone networks.
Does this mean that I can talk to friends in Australia from the UK (if they have iPhone 4's of course)! for free over the WiFi? Or does it still cost like a normal international phone call?

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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,825 points)
    Once the facetime call starts, you are disconnected from your carriers cellular network, so your cell minutes are not used from that point on.

    Or does it still cost like a normal international phone call?


    No. See above.
  • saddact Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Cool so shouldn't cost much at all for a ten second international phone call before switching to WiFi, thats good. Thanks for the help
  • AlexSral Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Can someone from Apple catagorically tell us or is it documented, what the call charges are, if any, when calling abroad.
    I would like to use UK to US.
    I called orange my network who just keep on contradiction each other and frankly have no clue.
    Alex
  • tenormezzo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    According to my research (and it's pretty extraordinary that this is so badly documented), if you know the person you wish to FaceTime with is already on WiFi, go to their Contacts entry and tap the FaceTime button on the bottom right, the call will be connected directly via WiFi with no charges at all, like a VOIP call.
    Of course if you start the call conventionally and then switch to FaceTime you will be charged for the first bit of the call.
    It would be helpful if Apple made this clearer. I've made FaceTime calls in the UK where I've started the call conventionally and then switched. I'm in the US now and haven't used it, fearing high phone charges. It was only when I got an email today announcing the new iPod Touch with FaceTime that I realised it must be possible to use FaceTime exclusively as a VOIP app (since the Touch has no facility for making cellular calls...)
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6 (9,265 points)
    I believe the option to call them via Facetime only shows up after you have called them once and then did the Facetime switch (as it detects during the call that the user is an iPhone 4 user to enable the option).

    Of course, with both on WiFi.

    But after that first call, then you can go back later to the contact and just tap the call via Facetime option to call direct via Facetime for free.
  • tenormezzo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, the FaceTime button appears at the bottom of every contact's page. Well it does on mine, even for people I know don't have iPhones!
  • Obas1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Leave the phone in airplane mode. With older versions of the iPhone this is how I used Skype to make calls from many places around the world back to the States. I haven't been abroad since I have purchased the 4 but if in airplane mode it doesn't register on any carrier's network. You can connect to any wifi network with the airplane mode engaged. If it needs a roaming connection with the carrier the iPhone will ask you to turn off airplane mode. I wouldn't recommend doing that.