The QiRanger Adventures

Video Calls

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Now that the iPhone 4 has been released, many in the technology world are going crazy at the presence of a second camera on the phone that allows video chatting. Back in March, I commented that this was something we’ve had in Asia for some time. To my knowledge, only a few phones in the US have the capability, and those are limited to either WiFi Hotspots or 4G Networks.

In Korea we have 3G and CDMA networks with great coverage. There’s no reason why the US couldn’t deploy this technology long ago. While many will use the video chatting feature as a novelty, there is a huge benefit to this technology that I never thought of until I saw it here: the hearing impaired.

Mobile phones, by function require one to talk and listen. This limits their use to the hearing population. However, in Korea, where video calling has been around for a long time, the hearing impaired population uses this feature to call friends and family and sign into the camera. As a result, they can have engaging conversations like everyone else.

This is an important feature of the devices. It is my sincere hope that the US bolsters its network to allow more phones to have this capability. In the Internet age, it’s important for everyone to have access to communication when and where ever they go. I hope providers also wake up and eliminate the need to buy an expensive phone. My entry-level phone came equipped with a camera and works just fine.

What are your thoughts?


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  1. This is pretty much the future that they’ve been predicting for decades, right?
    I say embrace it!


    June 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

    • Very true… and for almost a decade, it’s been available in Asia.


      June 29, 2010 at 7:37 am

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