iPhone 4 and iPad 2 Users in Australia Will be Able to FaceTime Over Cellular Network? [Updated]

iOS 6

Yesterday, we told you about the new iOS 6 features that won’t be available on older iOS devices, which included FaceTime over cellular that won’t be available on iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G model).

But based on the iOS 6 overview page on Apple’s Australian website, it looks like iPhone 4 and iPad 2  (Wi-Fi + 3G model) users will be able to FaceTime over cellular network.

This was spotted by a member of MacTalk forums. Here’s the text from iOS 6 overview page on Apple’s US website, which is what we referred when we wrote the article yesterday:

FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability. Carrier data charges may apply. FaceTime is not available in all countries.

And here’s the text from iOS 6 overview page on Apple’s Australian website:

FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4 or later, or iPad 2 or later with cellular data capability. Carrier data charges may apply. FaceTime is not available in all countries. 

We have highlighted the difference. We checked Apple’s UK and Canadian website and the text is the same as the one on Apple’s US website. They list iPhone 4S and iPad 3.

We could think of the following reasons for the difference in compatibility in :

  • It is a typo and Apple will fix it soon (hopefully on their website in the US and other countries and not the other way round)
  • Carriers forced Apple to allow FaceTime over cellular only on iPhone 4S and iPad 3  (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Apple want users to upgrade to iPhone 4S and iPad 3 (the new iPad)

The chances of a typo only on Apple’s Australian website seems highly unlikely.

When we read that FaceTime over cellular network will not work on iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G model), we were quite surprised as it works just fine on the iPhone 4 with jailbreak tweaks such as My3G and there was no obvious hardware reason that prevents it from being offered at least on the iPad 2 (A5 chip powers both iPhone 4S and iPad 2). We also can’t see users upgrading to iPhone 4S or iPad 3 because of this limitation as there are quite a few VoIP apps that offer video calls over 3G. So the only reason (though we are not completely convinced) FaceTime over cellular networks is not available to older iOS devices could be due to Carriers, who have prevented Apple from offering FaceTime over cellular network for almost two years.

Update:

That was quick. Apple has just updated its Australian website to list iPhone 4S and iPad 3 as the requirement for FaceTime over cellular network. So looks like it was a mistake.

What’s your take?