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AT&T's Video Share Service Goes Live

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Jul 23, 2007, 7:35 AM   by (staff)

Starting today, AT&T subscribers in 160 markets will be able to use AT&T's Video Share service. The service lets users stream a live video signal from one phone to another during a phone call. While both people on the call will be able to see the video feed, the stream is only one way. In order for it to work, both people will need to have 3G-enabled phones, and have 3G coverage. The service costs $4.99 per month for 25 minutes of usage, or $9.99 for 60 minutes of usage. For people without subscriptions, video can be streamed for 35 cents per minute. Only the sender will be charged.

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SprintPCSGuy

Jul 23, 2007, 8:03 AM

Too expensive.

If it were Sprint launching something like this, they'd go unlimited for $10, or create some sort of new Power Vision Pack and bundle it in.
I heard that! There is no way I would pay that much for that crap! With the $4.99 Package your still paying like $.20 per min! You know that they would come out with some way to have you at Unlimited Service for half the cost of any other provider!
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I've posted this before:
This is my Sprint Rant.
I never drop a call, never had to call customer service, get 25 live TV channels, satellite radio, unlimited GPS, for $25 p/month and unlimited text (yes to any network LOL) for $10 p/month. I can cal...
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Exactly why this type of service flopped badly when introduced in japan. I dont see the US market being any different.
BigHev

Jul 24, 2007, 9:41 AM

how long...

...before the phone sex industry finds some way of using this service 不 不 不 不 不
Ha ha I thought of that too!
algorithmplus

Jul 23, 2007, 5:44 PM

You're not going to believe what I'm looking at...

But after I stream it to you on the phone, you will.

Aside from pricing, it does seem like it might be cool, albeit, if I ever wanted to use it, I would pay for the minute and use it on occasion rather than paying a monthly fee for it.

This sounds like some of Verizon's voice plans from a few years back (in rural areas where they didn't have competition).
smk5867

Jul 23, 2007, 9:29 AM

Cart before the horse

With well over 50% of the US still without 3G coverage, AT&T really needs to forget about silly crap like this until the majority of it's customers can realistically take advantage of it. It's very nice to talk about all these nifty new features & programs, but what good are they if we don't have the coverage to use them? I still can't believe that here in Long Island, suburb to the largest metropolitan city in the world, we still do not have any 3G coverage in over 80% of the island. And I know it's the same around the country. This should be the top, top, top priority for ATT. Then if they want they can roll out silly little programs like mobile TV or video sharing.... at least then their customers will be able to use them if they want to....
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Truth. By the time AT&T has a substantial 3G footprint, Sprint will be launching WiMax in major metro areas.

Sprint might be bleeding customers from it's jugular, but they are still the kings when it comes to data pricing, data coverage, data speed...
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AT&T has already announced their 4G plans:

https://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=2244 »

Even now, Verizon & Sprint don't have 3g coverage nationwide, though they are far ahead of AT&T. And I agree with you that this isn't something that will...
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I'm sure in many areas, they do have have the necessary spectrum to use UMTS. 5MHz is a lot of spectrum
I know there a quite a number of metro areas that still aren't 3G, but the article does say 160 markets!!! That's quite a bit! Or so I think.
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stoopered

Jul 23, 2007, 4:41 PM

Rip Off

Who would spend money on this? Isn't this what YouTube is for??? If I want to share a video with my Bro's I just store it on their SD card or e-mail it to them. But you know I've never done it, because I never want to share videos with them. Totally and completely pointless service.
Totally agree man. Waste of money for sure.
1.) YouTube isn't live
2.) Some people actually have the money for things like this. Not everyone is like me and you. Different products for different kinds of customers.

Me, I might try it out but no way I'll use 25 minutes.
muchdrama

Jul 23, 2007, 2:01 PM

What the...?!

$4.99 per 25 minutes of usage?

Hee.

That's preposterous.
Djanifer9512

Jul 23, 2007, 8:25 AM

Should Be Free!!!

This service should be free with the purchase of a 3G handset and unl data. Or, at the very least, unlimited for $9.99!!!
I mean, in the rest of the world they've launched video calling and it hasn't caught on too well. In Europe, most people are at least willing to spend some substantial money on phone, at least relative to the average American consumer. This being the ...
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I am sorry, but I respect fully disagree. AT&T has spent substantial money on this feature and I am sure it is not going to pay for itself at those rates with limited subscribers. If they give it away now then customers will take it for granted desp...
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Djanifer9512 said:
This service should be free with the purchase of a 3G handset and unl data. Or, at the very least, unlimited for $9.99!!!


maybe it will be unlimited later. Seeing as how other companys had unli...
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Pictor

Jul 23, 2007, 12:47 PM

WTF with the tiered ala cart price?

I'm getting a bit tired with all the ala-cart pricing. Why not just offer a flat price and a per minute price? Why not just include it with the "unlimited data" plans? Are people really expected to track how much data, voice minutes, text messages, video minutes, and what ever else is metered each month? Get real!
i think this is too see how it pans out. and see how much people use , then we may see a flat fee.
 
 
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