I was trying out a beanbag cushion for my iPad mini last week and to check the angle, I FaceTimed my girlfriend, even though she was sitting on the sofa next to me. A cheery Welshman answered. My girlfriend and I looked at each other and I cancelled the call in horror. I called her again and got the same guy again. What was going on? I had definitely picked the right contact in FaceTime and we had successfully called each other lots of times before. For the next few days I played the same ghastly game of chat roulette – sometimes FaceTime would connect me to my girlfriend and
Sometimes it connected me to my girlfriend, and sometimes to the Welsh guy
sometimes to the Welsh guy. As soon as word got out that your video chat could randomly pair you with a stranger, who would use the service? A class action lawsuit was just a matter of time.
But it wasn’t a bug. Turns out the contact details for my girlfriend had the wrong mobile phone number. It was off by one digit. When her MacBook Air was on, FaceTime could reach her through her email address. But when it was off, it tried to use the mobile number instead. Normally this showed she was not available, which is what I would expect, since she has an Android phone. But it was actually trying to FaceTime this other guy, which didn’t work either because he had an Android phone too.
Until a few days ago when he upgraded to an iPhone 5…