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Facetime in iPod Touch | Free Video Calls on iTouch

It is not very long that iPhone4 came into the market. One of the most distinguishing feature of this new device was its own video calling app called "Facetime". It eliminated the need of installing third party software like Skype on your mobile. Facetime is a  inbuilt application which enables you to make video calls, however to only those who are using Facetime. Now the concern is how many of your friends use this video calling app (or how many of them are even capable of using this app).

Good news is even if you don't use iPhone4, you can still use Facetime application. What you require is an iOS device to use this application. Today we will discuss about video calling options using iPod Touch, that is Facetime in iPod Touch. Please note that you can also use Facetime on your iPad (iPad1/iPad2/new iPad) or even on your Mac PC.

Offcourse if none of your friend is using Facetime, then you should consider using other video calling applications. One of the other popular app for video calling is Tango.

Facetime for iPod Touch

Which iPod Touch Devices are Supported for Facetime

I have a iPod Touch 2G, sadly it does not even have a camera. Turns out without camera, how can I place video calls from it. In short iTouch 2G or any other iPod without Camera is not supported. However if you have the latest iPod Touch 4, then your iPod has a camera and you can use it to make free video calls. Front Camera in new iPod touch is basically for video calling.

With the new iPod Touch, comes the power to place voice and video calls. This in turns makes your iPod almost similar to iPhone (which just has additional of calling). If you have access to internet on your iPod Touch (wifi), your iPod can serve for all your calling needs.

Again in new iPod Touch, Facetime is an built in application and you can make free video calls to other iPod touch users or other iPhone4 users.

If you do not see Facetime app on your iPod or iPhone, it could be possible that you are using an outdated operating system. We will recommend that you update your iPod. 

How does Facetime Works

FaceTime works right out of the box — just enter your Apple ID and email address. Or create a new email account just for FaceTime. Using FaceTime is as easy as it gets. Say you want to start a video call with your best friend over Wi-Fi. Just tap the FaceTime app and find her entry (contact) to start the call. An invitation pops up on her iPod touch or iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, FaceTime begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape.

Overall the video quality with the front camera is quite ok, however if you switch to back camera it is quite good. We were quite satisfied with the call quality (it also depends on the internet connection). Ease of use and making calls with Facetime is lot more easier if you compare it to Skype. You need not to add more contacts (check if that person is on Skype etc), but simply make the call. Just like Skype you can also mute between the call so that other party can not hear what you are discussing.

Another good thing is this app is always open so if you are connected to internet, anyone can reach out to you. Your iPod/iPad/iPhone will start ringing.

If you are in India (or other country where Apple devices are costly), you can consider buying an iPod Touch4 instead of Apple iPhone4. You will save a lot of money and you can still make calls (both audio and video from it).

If you are make video calls using your iPod Touch, please share your experience with us. .

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