Published July 10, 2020

In the entire history of man, communication has never been more convenient than it is today. With a simple click of a button, you’re talking face to face with another person, no matter their location. And one of the most popular applications for which is FaceTime

Apple Inc launched FaceTime back in the summer of 2010, and since then, it’s taken the world by storm. Of course, this app is limited only to Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks. 

What do you need to use FaceTime?

Aside from an apple device, you will need a phone number or an email address to get started with FaceTime. If you’re on an iPhone, your phone automatically registers your number. You can also manually sign up to FaceTime by going to your settings and using your Apple ID to log in.

Is FaceTime free internationally?

Yes. You don’t have to pay for any of FaceTime’s services since all you need for you to call is Wi-Fi.

You could incur costs if you’re using mobile data such as 3G/4G/LTE/5G. These costs are independent of the app, and you’ll need to sort this matter out with your service provider.

Tips and etiquette for making an international call

  1. Like any call, you’ll want to make sure you’re in a quiet place with good lighting. This ensures clarity in the conversation.
  2. Be aware of the time difference with your callee (the person you’re calling). Not many things are more infuriating than having your sleep interrupted by a random call. You and your callee should coordinate in advance to avoid complications like this.
  3. Regulate your voice. Too many times have I heard people screaming at their phones when talking to someone. Relax, you don’t have to yell. Just speak regularly, and the person on the other end will hear you just fine. 

Here are some instructions from Apple on how to use Facetime.

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Author Terrence Tan Ting

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 is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.