What FaceTime Looks Like Over 3G

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Looks like crap, apparently. Okay, we'll admit that FaceTime is cooler than we thought, but having it only work on Wi-Fi makes it less useful. But after seeing FaceTime fail over 3G, we'll take less useless over being unusable.

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The guys at LaptopMag tested out a FaceTime call over 3G by using the HTC Evo's Mobile Hotspot feature, with its 4G turned off. The Evo used its 3G network to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal to get the iPhone 4 to connect to. Sneaky. The other iPhone 4 was connected to a real Wi-Fi network and if things went swimmingly, it'd be another instance of AT&T handcuffing the iPhone. But swim it did not, their video test went horribly wrong. According to them, "audio came through only in patches, and video was like a slideshow at best".

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Of course, the entire setup, from res to bitrates, is optimized for WiFi, so this isn't quite a fair test. But it is an interesting setup in terms of seeing how Facetime does under the pressure of a bad internet connection. What happens when your wifi is very slow, or you have a really slow DSL connection? Same as if you had a 3G connection isn't it? It either scales down or it gets lousy. [LaptopMag]

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WTF Gizmodo!? Before the whole iPhone 4 prototype fiasco there were a decent amount of positive apple posts... now you can't seem to say one good thing (even though most of your staff probably uses apple products). You guys are lame... off to engadget.