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iPhone 4 owners can make as many video calls as they like without eating into their monthly allowances for phone calls, it has been revealed.

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Apple confirmed that using its FaceTime service will be completely free and will not impact at all on call minutes after being approached by BusinessInsider.

A spokesperson from the Cuptertino tech giant said: "The voice call ends as soon as the FaceTime call connects.

“The FaceTime call is over Wi-Fi so does not use carrier minutes."

At present, FaceTime can only be used over Wi-Fi internet networks. However, it is expected to support 3G in future.

Video calling is one of the key differences between the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone and the current generation iPhone 3G S, featuring heavily in promotional material for the forthcoming device including a high-profile US TV ad directed by Sam Mendes.

The iPhone 4, which officially goes on sale in the UK on June 24th, also differs from its predecessors with the addition of a powerful 1GHz processor. This combines with the new iteration of Apple’s operating system for smooth and efficient multi-tasking.

HD video recording features for the first-time ever on an iPhone, as does a five megapixel camera and a gyroscope that promises to improve control for touchscreen games.

News of developments comes as US handset carriers and Apple have reportedly contacted a number of customers to inform that their order for the device will not be fulfilled.

The move appears to be inspired by severe stock shortages for the handset, after Apple’s site apparently processed 600,000 orders within hours of the pre-sale going live.

Meanwhile, in the UK O2 has today confirmed that only existing mobile and broadband customers who have pre-ordered an iPhone 4 will be able to get their hands on the phone on the launch day.

Rival carriers, which include Orange, Vodafone, 3 and T-Mobile, have yet to announce a similar policy, but are widely expected to do so in the next few days.

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