Verizon's iPhone FaceTime program will only work on WiFi

While Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) says it is ready for the traffic deluge the iPhone may bring, it has placed a restriction FaceTimeon Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) FaceTime program by only allowing the service to work over WiFi, just like AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T).

Since introducing the video calling software in June when it launched the iPhone 4, Apple has limited FaceTime to WiFi. At the time, company executives said the limitation would continue through the end of 2010 and that they would be talking to Apple's operator partners about enabling FaceTime calls over their mobile networks. But video calling is a bandwidth hog.

iPhone users can make video calls on AT&T's network using other applications, including Skype and Fring. A Verizon spokesperson declined to say whether any of those programs will operate on the company's CDMA EV-DO network, according to Mercury News.

For more:
- see this Mercury News article

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