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Have You Ever Made A Video Telephone Call?

With the popularity of webcams and video chatting online you'd think the market for residential video telephony services would be dead, but analysts say the industry will likely break a billion dollar barrier for the first time this year.

They predict an increasing number of households as well as individual cell phone users around the world will start making video phone calls. According to a recent study, residential video telephony is part of a worldwide push by carriers to create new IP-enabled services for consumers. The study notes that consumers of wireline services and mobile telecommunications services are adopting the video telephone
service along with other IP-enabled services such as fixed-mobile convergence services, file sharing services, streaming services, location-based services and presence-based services.

I've used Skype and iChat for computer-based video chats and meetings, but never ventured into the landline video chat world so these numbers sound outrageous to me. Of course, the analysts do not agree. "I believe everyone is underestimating the impact that video telephone services will have on our lives," says Robert Rosenberg, of Insight Research. "We are visual - not auditory - beings. My guess is that among all the IP services being rolled out worldwide, real time video phone could be the service that has the biggest impact on our daily lives."

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woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
it feels a little weird.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
No, it weirds me out.
spacecow spacecow 10 years
We use this service - rather, are TRYING to use this service - as an accomdation for one of our deaf coworkers so she can use Federal Relay Services, since the IT folks won't let us open a port in the firewall to allow for videostream to come in. Has anyone out there had experience with DLink? we have a modem and DSL line that is separate from the voice line and a splitter that unfortunately doesn't allow for the voice and DSL to be used at the same time on the one line. Looking for a fix and our telecomm folks are clueless. This is a challenge to my very own claim to geeky-ness...
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
No I haven't even thought of it :D
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I've only chatted on the webcam using Skype - it really helped me feel less homesick and also strengthened my trans-atlantic relationship with my boyfriend when we were apart. That being said, I would love a cell phone or a landline where I could see the person I was talking to in "real time" - there's a scene in the movie Babel where the Japanese girl is talking to her best friend on their cell phones (she is hearing impaired, so they sign to each other) and I thought that was so cool!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 10 years
I've never done it, though I think it would be really useful for calling other people who are deaf if they also have videophones if we can pull it off!
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