Does Facetime Use Minutes?

Facetime, true to its name, is a video communication application introduced by Apple. It was first introduced in iPhone 4 and since then has also been included in all Apple’s devices such as iPad, Macbook and others. When it was first introduced, the application depended only on Wi-Fi connection, but starting from iPhone 4S and above, Facetime can also be used via cellular data network. So, Facetime use minutes but the minutes are counted by the time of data plan usage. Even though Facetime can use cellular data network in addition to Wi-Fi to communicate, it is based on the data usage of the cellphone as similar to the internet usage.


So, Facetime does not use minutes as normal mobile phone minutes coverage plan. The video communication is done through the cellular data network via 3G or LTE. This data plan are normally covered by the Cellular Data Network by measuring how many usage of data that you used per month. You can check with your mobile phone operator on the data subscription. Normally, there will be the unlimited data plan in which you can upload and download as many data through the internet as you can and you only pay a fix amount per month. There is also the fix data plan such 1GB, 5GB and so forth in which you also will pay a fix amount per month. However, with this plan, once the data usage exceeded the allocation, it will start to charge you by the data usage that was used. So, please note that each time you use Facetime for video calling, about 3 to 5MB will be used every minute. So, if you do not have the unlimited plan, please check with your network operator on how much they charge per MB of data usage. Even though Facetime uses phone numbers to connect to others, it does not affect your mobile phone minutes as Facetime only uses the phone numbers as contact address in the network. Facetime also identify email address as the contact address. So, you do not have to worry of any charges of a Facetime minutes usage in your cellular phone bill as it only will affect the data plan that you subscribed.

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