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Both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have front-facing cameras, and these can be used for more than just silly self portraits. If you know anyone else with an iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch or Mac computer, you can use it for making FaceTime calls, which are free video calls that are conducted over a Wi-Fi network. They’re free in that you’re not charged for them by Apple, however the bandwidth used for conducting the video call will come out of your broadband data allowance.
For iOS devices, this capability is built into the operating system. On an iPhone, open the relevant contact and tap the FaceTime button (note: this will only work if that person has FaceTime capability and their device is also connected to a Wi-Fi network at the time you place the call). On an iPad or iPod touch, use the dedicated FaceTime app. The latest Mac computers come with FaceTime preinstalled; if you have an older Mac, you can buy the FaceTime app from the Mac App Store for 99c.
But FaceTime isn’t the only option for video calls. Skype is the most popular alternative, and many people prefer it over FaceTime as it supports a wider range of devices (including WIndows PCs and Android smartphones) and also works over 3G, so you can use it from more locations.Need to know more?
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