Does Facetime Cost Money?

Facetime is an app that comes bundled with the iPhone, iPad or Mac that you purchased. It is a video telephony as well as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). Before iOS 6, Facetime requires Wi-Fi connection to work but after the release of iOS 7 and onwards, you can also use Facetime over cellular networks such as 3G or LTE. So, the question of does Facetime cost money? In terms of cost of purchasing it, it does not cost anything as the app is already pre-installed in your Apple devices and it can use Wi-Fi connection as well as cellular network. The only cost of money you have to bear is the subscription of your cellular network for your devices that normally covers also data coverage and also your internet bills.


However, Facetime can also work on Wi-Fi devices only. If you wondering on the standard data usage of Facetime, Facetime uses three megabytes of data per minute of conversation. So, if you subscribe to unlimited data connection it should be no problem as you are paying a fix amount of cost regardless how long you use Facetime. However if you are having internet or data subscription that bills you by the minutes or hour, the cost to your internet or cellular data bill will very much depends on how long you are using Facetime. If you have a below 1GB of data plan per month, you need to keep an eye on the usage of Facetime as it is a video application and therefore it will consume and transfer a lot of data. The best way if you subscribe to below 1GB plan is to just use Wi-Fi. So far, most of the world cellular network provider supports Facetime. And if you really want Facetime to not cost you anything, just find any free Wi-Fi connection and log in to your Facetime to connect with someone. However, the smooth connection of the communication using Facetime very much depends on the speed of the Wi-Fi and internet connection. So, do not expect much out of that connection. As Apple devices and products becomes much faster and also a lot cheaper in the future, Facetime would definitely here to stay and change the way we communicate with others.

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