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Cingular To Add Live Video Sharing This Year

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tmbold

Jan 5, 2007, 2:49 PM
the network can handle it?
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wirelesscom1

Jan 5, 2007, 3:43 PM
the 3G network will and can handle it. BTW there are features available in POS that show the cost of Video sharing, tis going to be billed in a per min basis.
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ucbigmike20

Jan 5, 2007, 4:47 PM
Why cant we,Americans,have the same feature Video calling like any other countries with 3G.Why Cingular had to downgrade us for,always messing up stuff.
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Rich Brome

Jan 5, 2007, 6:23 PM
My personal opinion is that video sharing is much more useful. I think Cingular has looked at use cases and wisely realized that face-to-face video calling is a gimmick that makes a good demo, but is ultimately useless. Usage data of 3G service in Europe supports that.
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TradeMark_310

Jan 5, 2007, 7:06 PM
...in the vid sharing and face-to-face vid calling? Is this like you send someone a picture or video of random things while talking to them? I would think face-to-face is better, but this is an un-educated opinion because I have never used (or even held) phones that do this...
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Rich Brome

Jan 5, 2007, 7:20 PM
Video calling / face-to-face means they just see your face while you talk. Unless you're very vain, I don't know anyone would care or want that, except that it's kind of neat and Jetsons-like (but it is really useful?) Grandparents might like it to talk to their grandkids, but other than that... Confused

Video sharing means the camera faces away from you, so you can show people something that you're looking at right at that moment, while you talk to them. I could see using that all the time. I often see cool stuff and call or text someone to tell them about it... now I can also show it to them in real-time streaming video. Cool
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AshDizzle

Jan 5, 2007, 8:02 PM
? What the hell is the difference? So I can instead point the phone away from me instead of it facing me? And that's called video "sharing"? What if I choose to "share" my face instead? Wouldn't that be classic video calling?
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Rich Brome

Jan 5, 2007, 8:13 PM
With video sharing, you're using a camera on the back of the phone (the main camera). You could point it at your face, but then you couldn't see the screen or keys, nor the other person, which you couldn't anyway because video sharing is one-way.

With video calling, it's two-way, and it usually uses a secondary camera that's on the front and faces the user. Both parties can see each other's faces at the same time.

With a phone like the CU500v (which is supposedly the launch device) with a rotating camera, you also video share your face, although it would still just be one-way.
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AshDizzle

Jan 5, 2007, 8:29 PM
Ahhh.. one way. That's the key. Thanks Rich.
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Jayshmay

Jan 6, 2007, 10:38 AM
Hey Rich, I just want to say thank you, I like that the people who run a site also participate in the forum on they're own site, I think it makes it more personal, and interactive,. . .thank you.
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Rich Brome

Jan 6, 2007, 12:09 PM
We try. Thanks! Smile
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unzip7

Jan 6, 2007, 11:29 PM
I am just thinking that everyone using the video phone would have to be taking through there bluetooth headset, to send pixs of different things other than just the face for the entire conversation!
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TheBlueCat

Jan 6, 2007, 11:56 PM
unzip7 said:
I am just thinking that everyone using the video phone would have to be taking through there bluetooth headset, to send pixs of different things other than just the face for the entire conversation!


Or the speaker phone would be activated..

ohh yeahh...
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dimmy

Jan 5, 2007, 11:46 PM
Well I for one would like the f2f camera. It is not necessarily a vanity issue but instead I think simply seeing another’s face while in a conversation facilitates communication. Subtle facial expressions can often speak volumes more than the spoken word. In addition, and what you touched on Rich, often we are separated from loved ones for any number of reasons, and it’s a convenient way to feel closer to distant loved ones.
By the way, I also think the video sharing idea is awesome too. Smile
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Rich Brome

Jan 5, 2007, 10:06 PM
Absolutely. WCDMA was designed with exactly this kind of service in mind, and since they're using HSDPA 3.6 now, this is basically a non-issue.
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Jayshmay

Jan 6, 2007, 10:55 AM
One think I'm curious about is you say they're using 3.6mbps right now, but the internet is LIMITED to 400-700kbps, screw that, but yeah, I'd pay $60 for 3.6mbps, and yeah, I know current air cards are capable of 3.6, but they require a FUTURE software upgrade, not interested in future upgrade crap, interested in 3.6mbps NOW.

So my ? is if the network is capable of 3.6mbps, then why is it limited to 400-700kbps?????
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Rich Brome

Jan 6, 2007, 12:13 PM
Apples and oranges...

3.6 is a theoretical maximum... in lab conditions that don't exist in the real world.

400-700 isn't a limit, it's just what you can actually expect in real-world conditions. Sometimes it will be faster... sometimes much faster if you are lucky.
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Cochalo

Jan 6, 2007, 2:18 PM
OHHHHHHHH Now I get it. tnx Very Happy
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