Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Future Is Orange

When I was at school we were always told that in the future there would be video phones and cars would fly. Well, I've not been in a flying car yet, but a couple of days ago I made my first video phone call. I've actually had a 3G phone for about six months, but I've never had any need or desire to make a video call. A few days ago I still had no need to make a video call, but I found another person with a video capable phone and thought I'd try it out. The 3G signal was rather weak in the house I was in, so we both had to go into the corner of a room upstairs in order for it to work. But it did, and I made my first video call. The future is here! I can't see myself ever wanting to use a video call other than as proof of concept though.

1 comment:

Blue Lightning said...

I think that's been the barrier to video calling in the past - it's a neat idea, but in general people just don't really want it. They like being able to talk on the phone without people seeing what they look like or what they're doing at the time. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if it takes off. Vodafone brought out 3G service with video calling in NZ quite a few months ago and have been promoting it heavily, but so far I don't know a single person who has a video-capable 3G phone.