iPhone 4 was launched early this month with loads of new features including the much acclaimed Video calling capability called FaceTime. However, it would be infinitely more useful if we didn’t have to be tied to a WiFi connection in order to use it.
Luckily, the DeviceKnit blog has put together a nice and simple ‘how-to’ in order to get rid of the “wi-fi only” requirement of FaceTime video calling application. It will require that you have tethering on your plan, but I think that’s a worthwhile $15 for FaceTime away from WiFi.
How to Use iPhone 4 FaceTime Without WiFi?
1. As mentioned before, you need to have tethering on your iPhone plan. It costs $15 per month (until there’s a jailbreak that allows it for free!)
2. Turn on tethering in Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering on your iPhone 4 and connect it via USB. You will see a new “iPhone USB” connection option pop up in the Network preference pane in System Preferences.
3. Go to the Sharing preference pane, and turn on Internet Sharing to share your USB connection over WiFi/AirPort:
4. Now, connect to the network you just created with your iPhone, and you can FaceTime all you want.
Hopefully when there’s a jailbreak for the iPhone 4 the laptop and tethering won’t be needed anymore. Enjoy! Thanks again DeviceKnit!