iPhone and video calling

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pp1gonzo, May 24, 2008.

  1. pp1gonzo macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    Interesting post on products about the 3G iPhone and video calling. If Apple can really pull this off, they are going to seriously change the way we think about mobile calling. Wonder if Apple TV has a future in this mix.
  2. s8film40 macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2007
    This is what I am personally waiting for. This will be the deciding factor for me whether or not I get the new iPhone.
  3. blueflame macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2003
    Studio City
    Oh yea!

    Amen. this is my deciding factor as well. i will buy day 1 with this feature, or in 6 months probably without.
  4. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    And before the "who NEEDS this??" mob rolls in, some examples of people who could and would really use video phoning:

    - Students away from home
    - People who travel on business
    - People who'd like to stay in touch with their families
    - Kids who spend ages toying around with webcams
  5. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca

    This is exactly why I want video chat, I work about 90 miles
    away from home and I don't always get go home when I want, so using
    my iMac at home and my iPhone I'd like to use video chat to stay in touch
    with my family wile I'm away.
  6. BongoBanger macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    Hardly anyone uses it although it's a nice to have.
  7. ruinfx macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2008
    AT&T is what is holding back video calling in the US. dont think that just because you get a front facing camera that all of a sudden you can make video calls.
  8. BongoBanger macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008

    AT&T's 3G network should be quite capable of hosting video calling.
  9. ruinfx macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2008
    my point is that its not cell phone hardware holding us back because there are plenty of phones already with front facing cameras for video calling. its not really something apple can do, AT&T has to offer the service. they currently only provide one-way video sharing.
  10. frosse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    I don't see how Apple can change the way we communicate since video calling has been around for years in Europe. I guess it goes for you Americans.
  11. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    I think video calling is just a gimmick, a way to sell 3G phones. Even in Europe where it's been around for a while most people don't use it.
  12. s8film40 macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2007
    I agree that it is just a gimmick presently, what I am hoping is that Apple will do it in such a seamless way that it becomes a useful everyday tool. A little over a year ago a touch screen phone was considered a gimmick, most of the features on the iPhone were and still are really considered gimmicks on other phones. That's what's been great about the iPhone is it takes the existing technology available in the cell phone market and makes it useful.
  13. ScoobyDoofus macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Galway, Ireland
    In my experience, I've only used video calling over 3G when drunk to pull stupid faces at my friends. It would be nice to be able to have face to face contact with my partner when we're apart because of business trips or whatever though.

    However, if this was implemented in a way that lets you use this hypothetical front camera over //wifi// for, say, iChat - rather cool. Skype would be even better.

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