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5 Things You Need to Know About FaceTime

5 Things You Need to Know About FaceTime

If you are an avid user of Apple’s devices, you would probably have heard or used FaceTime. FaceTime is developed by Apple as its video and audio communication software. However, for some people who are new to FaceTime, they are probably some things about FaceTime that they are not aware of. Therefore, we compiled some of the popular questions people ask when they first time are using FaceTime. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about FaceTime that you probably didn’t know.



1. HOW FACETIME IS FREE TO USE?

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Yes, FaceTime is basically free to use. If you come from the old generation, you are probably are use to where your telco provider charged you for any means of communication via your phone. However, today’s phone is not like the old phone. Today’s phone is basically a computer on its own. Therefore, the ability of your smartphones to tap into the internet via Wi-Fi is now seamless.



FaceTime was developed with that in mind. By having the computer power with access to internet via Wi-Fi, you can give a video call to almost anybody in the world with almost no cost. The only cost that you need to think of is the internet cost that you paid every month. Read here more on FaceTime use minutes and what does it cost

2. DOES FACETIME CALLS SHOW-UP ON YOUR PHONE BILL?

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Again, don’t view FaceTime calls as similar to your normal cell phone call. Your cell phone call is transmitted via the telecommunication network that your cell phone telco provided. Therefore, the telco will charge you based on the services that they provided that enables you to communicate. However, with FaceTime, the communication is not done via the Telco network. The data that is being transmitted via FaceTime is solely using the internet.



Therefore, if you have subscribed your internet using the unlimited package and with a fixed monthly fee, you can FaceTime your friend as long as you want. Read here to know more on FaceTime data usage

3. CAN I USE FACETIME IN OTHER DEVICES?

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You can only use FaceTime in all the Apple devices only. These includes any iPhone, iPad or Mac. However, you cannot use FaceTime in Android based smartphones or windows based computer if you use certain software simulator that emulates iOS environment. Read here to know more on how to use FaceTime on other devices besides Apple devices.



4. IS FACETIME CALL SECURE?

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This is another common queries that new users have. This stems from the fact that FaceTime uses the internet as a medium for connection instead of the normal cell phone line network. However, as claim by Apple, the FaceTime communication is end-to-end encrypted using AES-256. What does the number means? It means it is encrypted with 256 bits. Therefore, making it safe and secured and much harder to hack. Read here more on FaceTime security.




5. CAN YOU HAVE A 3 WAY FACETIME CALL?

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Apparently, FaceTime has not yet added this capability even though this is one of the feature that many Apple users wanted. However, with using several Apple devices such as Apple TV and iPad, you can actually have a 3 way facetime calls. Only it will not be in the same device. Read here on our previous article on how you can do a 3 way facetime call.

So, there you have it. The top 5 things you probably didn’t know about FaceTime. Please leave us a comment on what do you think of this 5 things about FaceTime. Read also our previous article on the top FaceTime tricks that you can do.



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