How To Enable FaceTime Over 3G On iOS 5 And iOS 5.0.1 Firmware

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The iPhone 4 was launched with a killer feature, FaceTime. Apple's video conferencing solution that is giving competitors such as Skype a run for their money. However there has always been a flaw with FaceTime, Apple has never allowed it to function natively over 3G. Luckily, there's a jailbreak tweak which can enable FaceTime over 3G on iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 firmware.

As previously mentioned, Apple has limited FaceTime functionality to WiFi. Even if you're on a cellular network that has amazing data speeds on 3G, its of no use if you want to FaceTime with someone.

We admit, at first it would have felt okay to limit FaceTime on WiFi as only iPhone 4 owners could make or receive FaceTime calls. Since then, a lot has changed. FaceTime calls can now be made between a Mac and a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. iPhone owners can FaceTime with iPod touch and iPad owners and vice versa. Since FaceTime can now reach a larger audience than before, many feel that FaceTime should be natively compatible with 3G networks but given Apple's history of controlling minute aspects about its products and services, native FaceTime over 3G support has not be officially rolled out as yet.

In different points of view, Apple has its short comings when it comes to these matters. Luckily, there are jailbreak tweak developers which take care of that. Whenever the consumers feel a strong urge for any particular feature that is possible but is not allowed, the jailbreak tweak developers jump in and save the day with their tweaks. So to allow FaceTime over 3G on iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 firmware, popular tweak FaceBreak has been updated. Simply install this tweak from Cydia, respring and FaceTime becomes compatible over 3G networks. Its literally as simple as that.

Be advised though that you will definitely notice a clear disparity between FaceTime performance over 3G as compared to a WiFi network. If you prefer high quality, stick with WiFi network. Though many will welcome the option to manually choose between using FaceTime over 3G or WiFi. FaceBreak jailbreak tweak can be purchased from Cydia for $1.99. After installation finishes, respring your device. If it still doesn't work, launch the Settings.app, go to FaceBreak menu and first disable then enable it.

Before you can use FaceBreak jailbreak tweak to enable FaceTime over 3G on iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 firmware, you will obviously need to jailbreak your device. Follow our extensive guide on how to jailbreak iOS 5 firmware tethered and how to get a semi-untethered iOS 5 jailbreak.