The Facetime app is a digital social media service. Let´s check facts: Usable on a daily basis? Secure communication? Free calls? Ready for business?


QUICK FACTS°

  • Free Chat
  • Free Calls
  • Free Download
  • Call Any Number/Phone
  • Mobile Calls
  • International Roaming
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Sharing (Files, Media, etc.)
  • Groups
  • Support
  • All-In-One
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Facetime Evaluation

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Con

Audio calls require LTE/WiFi | No calls to users outside the iOS ecosphere | No Android app |


Pro

Desktop apps | Multi device functionality | Fits perfectly into the Apple world | Native Phone app shows Facetime call history. | Use front or back camera. | Group calls with up to 32 participants. |


Summary

The Facetime app with audio calls Messages is a robust and perfectly built-in service of the Apple product family. Outside of the Apple ecosphere you cant reach anyone.


Facetime Security

The Facetime app privacy issue in early 2019 was not really a surprise. It was another proof that the technology in our pockets is fragile and can do things we would not buy. The eavesdrop scandal shows what is beneath the fancy surface. Let the media speak for itself:

The Verge: Facetime Eavesdrop FlawThe Guardian: A ‘black eye’ for Apple

How social is the Facetime app?

As mentioned earlier: Internet based services have severe social disadvantages. Both parties have to be on the internet at the same time. Video/audio calls require broadband internet, which is not yet standard for commuter, traveller and outdoor lover. The Facetime app knows Apple only. This is different from the real world. Most Apple users know non-Apple users they would like to contact as well.

Facetime News

Hardly a company devided the digital scene as Apple did. We don´t join the discusion but give some sources to get a picture. Sure Apple will change more and more into a software and service company.

Apple´s Facetime pageApple NewsroomUser debating on ApplePredictions around AppleWiki on Facetime

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° Freezone ⁝ free ⁝ gratis ⁝ 0.- ⁝ all-inclusive
Users can communicate for free or without connection fees. ⁝ Either connections are inclusive your internet-data-tariff plan or you use the network access of someone else. ⁝ The download of a free app may cause costs for data usage. ⁝ Data charges may apply for chat, calls and sharing media via the mobile internet.