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Multiple FaceTime addresses for one e-mail address
Authored by: jms1 on Jul 24, '11 12:47:29PM

I've tried this, with mixed results. I have a dotmac address which is my "Apple ID", and I have several other email addresses (within a domain name that I own) attached to the account for FaceTime purposes.

What I've done is add the common "user@domain" address to all of the devices (three Macs and an iPad 2), and add a device-specific address to each device (i.e. "user-ipad@domain", "user-laptop@domain", etc.)

What I'm finding is that, if I use one of my devices to call another device, if I use that other device's specific address, the call works perfectly, but if I use the common address, the call "rings" on all of my devices, but the device I'm using to initiate the call (i.e. the one I'm calling "from") immediately refuses the call, before any of the other devices have a chance to answer it.

My work-around for now is to remove the common address from the device before making a call, then add it back after I'm done. It works, but it's a bit of a kluge.

I haven't seen the FaceTime protocols, but I would imagine there is some kind of per-call unique identifier involved. I've submitted a suggestion to Apple that they make the FaceTime program ignore incoming calls (rather than rejecting them) if the incoming call identifier matches the identifier of a call which is currently being "dialed". Hopefully this will be in a future upgrade.

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