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FacePlant brings FaceTime chat status and visual voicemail to the iPhone 4

So, you've got a new iPhone 4, and you love FaceTime, but you're finding it's just not that useful. It's hard to know when friends are actually going to be on Wi-Fi and available to take a FaceTime call, so you've stopped using it after those first giddy test calls. It sounds like you need FacePlant!

This free app with a silly name was produced by the team behind the successful 12seconds video app, and it makes FaceTime calls a lot simpler to arrange.

FacePlant shows you when your friends are available for FaceTime, and it lets you leave a video voicemail for them when they're not. Sure, audio voicemail comes with the iPhone, but who else is doing it with video? This idea is novel and pretty cool, even if you wouldn't necessarily use it regularly.

The downside to FacePlant is that your friends also have to have it installed in order for you to see their availability. I definitely think you should start inviting them right away; FacePlant is a good idea that I suspect Apple will eventually copy in some form, and everyone with an iPhone 4 should start using it.

FacePlant hasn't launched publicly yet, but you can sign up to see when it does.

[via TUAW]

Tags: faceplant, facetime, iphone, iphone 4, Iphone4, video chat, video messaging, VideoChat, VideoMessaging