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Motorola CEO: Video Calling Phones Are On the Way

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Jun 10, 2010, 7:38 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Speaking at a conference, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said that the company plans to introduce "two to four" handsets later this year with front-facing cameras, which could be used for video calling. Jha said he never felt mobile video conferencing was a compelling feature, but Motorola's phones will support it. Just a few weeks ago, Jha said that Motorola plans to introduce two new Android handsets with Verizon Wireless this summer. It is possible that one or both of these handsets will have the video feature in question. Jha also indicated that the Motorola Droid is still selling very well at Verizon Wireless. "(Droid) sales are going extremely well. If I could build more I'd sell more," Jha said. Jha noted that Motorola is a victim of supply chain constraints that are reducing the number of handsets it can produce.

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Jun 10, 2010, 8:39 AM

So Where's the National Media Attention?

Sprint, WiMax and HTC create a new interest in VC(Video calling), yet no News. When is the Media going to start recognizing and embracing other milestones besides Apple news. Keep in mind that Apple's VC is indigenous to Wi-Fi only. The Evo works on Wi-fi, 3g and 4G. This is News! Why? Because The Evo brings VC then Apple. Now it changes Motorola's thinking?

Sprint/Clearwire, Bring the first 4G Technology. Then with HTC, comes the first ever phone of its kind to employ and enjoy Video calling at a whole new level as well as other new capable possibilities never before experienced. Yet, No national news on this? Where is CNN, Reuters, Yahoo, USA Today etc? Does this News not effect people's everyday lifestyle?

Apple adds a flash to the...
Why would there be any national attention? if the phone doesn't have a fruit on the back of it it's not worth paying attention to. I have the HTC Evo and have used the video calling feature over 3g with Fring on a moving train and it worked flawlessly...
Why would there be any national attention? if the phone doesn't have a fruit on the back of it it's not worth paying attention to. I have the HTC Evo and have used the video calling feature over 3g with Fring on a moving train and it worked flawlessly...
How did Sprint and HTC create an interest in video calling? HTC did nothing more than ship a phone with a front facing camera, and a front facing camera does not equal video calling. The software provider Sprint contracted doesn't even have t...
I read your post and thought to myself, I hear about Android non-stop, but maybe I'm crazy.

So I did a little research, and you can (as of 11:03AM) do the same research as me and find the same exact results.

Andriod articles VS Apple iOS ar ...

Jun 10, 2010, 8:06 AM

Not a compelling feature???

Maybe he should've went on a tour around asia years back and see what really 3G was over there. People rarely use minutes, instead they used video calling and txt msgs all the time.

It's just funny how far behind 3G is in US and phones.
It's a shame that 3G never even reached it's full potential in the U.S. Heck, not even a quarter of it's full potential. If configured properply, HSPA+ is capable of 42mbps.

U.S. wireless networks are a really sad state of affairs. The carriers hav...
I had 3G Video calling ability on my MoviStar and Yoigo accounts and I never used it once. Neither did anyone else. We had it back in 2005 on AT&T and nobody wanted to use it.

Also nobody wanted to pay the ridiculous fees with 3G video calling.

Jun 10, 2010, 2:04 PM

Has nobody read recent history?

I made my first 3g video call from a mobile in 2003 since then I have never bought a phone without a front facing camera. its nothing new! granted it hasn't taken off as much as japaan, but for gods sake its been around for ages. I would be rather upset if it suddenly becomes popular now that the iphone belatedly supports it. It wasn't used because people didn't like having to use headsets or speakers, the 3g coverage is still not guaranteed (has to be on both ends) and no-one knew whether the other end had a video capable handset. neither motorola or apple have rectified any of the above issues, and apple aren't even using 3g video call standards- wifi to wifi and apple to apple means you'll still have to plan calls in advance. not much use...
I agree. My old Samsung B2700 has video calling but useless in the US. This will probably take another 10 years to become a commonly used form of communication.

Jun 10, 2010, 2:10 PM

Tiered data but we'll offer video calling?

We can surely see that this is about dollars and cents, not sense, with wireless providers. Everyone who bought the pile of crap the wireless providers shoveled out regarding the necessity to cap data. Can't you see it makes no sense to encourage and enable your customers to use even more data while saying we can't handle. However, if you consume too much of the bandwidth we supposedly cannot provide but you can still use you'll have to pay a premium for it....?
flip mode

Jun 10, 2010, 10:57 AM


ok who cares about verizon as they already have the moto droid, quite a very nice device. what about moto droid & htc evo phones with video chat for GSM networks. 🤨
featuring Android (obviously) lol
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