AT&T demands that carriers introduce a uniform cross-platform video calling standard, we clap
1. Birds (Posts: 1157; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Cool news but it still feels like beating around the bush. I'd rather have cheaper rates, unlimited data and BETTER COVERAGE IN THE SOUTH WEST GEORGIA REGION!!!!
2. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
now if they could only unite on the idea of bring your own device get x% off
3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
id prefer to continue using skype thank you
4. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Yeah just try getting Apple to conform to that idea
9. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
This was my feeling too.
Apple put their chin up on Flash ... and stuck to HTML5. Apple won that.
IF a standard video format was to be used ... Apple is going to insist it will be theirs of course ... and the licensing fees along with that.
Don't get me wrong ... I have an i4 ... so I am not saying I am an "Android Fan" ... or an "Apple Fan" ... I am just saying with Apple's past history on Flash/HTML5 ... I see Apple picking a video format and expecting everyone else to follow.
5. Gawain (Posts: 420; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Why, with such crappy network performance, would AT&T care so much? They just want to make it easier to bill for video-usage specifically. There's no need for a uniform standard, there is alreay Skype, and the manufacturers are going to compete with each other regardless of what the "Empire" wants...
12. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
People need to understand that service is all about where you are. Where you live, you may have service with Verizon, and not AT&T. And vice vera, you may have service with AT&T and not Verizon. No carrier has covered every single inch of the world to give you cell service. Deal with it. Stop saying a carrier is s**tty just because YOU don't get cell service. You people annoy the hell out of me like nothing else.
22. Gawain (Posts: 420; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
You're right, with a 5MHz spread in their incumbent MSAs, AT&T has a fraction of the capacity that VZW or even Sprint has in 1.25MHz of spectrum in the same market. That's why AT&T was whining about the T-Mobile acquisition as being necessary. AT&T's wireless group is managed with an ILEC mentality. Again, it goes to why AT&T would even make such a demand for a comman standard for video calling? Their long term goal is to create a third revenue channel. Skype is pretty much available on every smart device out there. Video calling capable for many -- certainly not all, but that isn't a network or standard limitation, it's a hardware limitation and like someone else posed in a question, why would a hardware manufacture play ball to such a demand? You really think Apple will bend? By advocating to a standard, they can tag that as a different billable usage. Simple.
6. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Those nokia cameras worked on networks wich used simple 3G video calling - part of the 3G standard. Sounds pretty cross platform to me, but no US carriers supported the standard.
The network 3 was formed as a 3G network and all of their early adds featured people doing video calling - no skype required.
7. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
wow we have skype so im not understanding the need for the standard. since skype is the biggest they are the standard right plus they work on the major os
8. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Stop kissing up to APPLE ass and stop over charging us
10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1546; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Microsoft is in litgation with motorola and google over a simular isssue because Motorola and Google want to add 22$ to the cost of a laptop computer for the use a over the internet Video Protocal. what the nations of the world have to do is set certain standards for low resolution and DVD and HD internet Video steaming that is free to all
to use but there can still be company based individual internet voice and video formats
a person has to pay to use.
13. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
Theres.....something on his face!!!! Some.....THING........ ON his face!
17. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
those microphones are creepy, when they are on a white guy it makes it look like he has a giant pimple. What's wrong with black?
16. alpinestars (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
I can't help but think the only reason AT&T wants this is so they can charge you for it, rather than you using Skype or FaceTime on Wi-Fi.
21. SuperEd (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You sir...are absolutely correct!!! Couldn't agree with you more.
18. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
most people on here that say why if we have skype? its obvious u guys have not gone out of the US and used cellphones from other companies from international carriers . I have in mexico and guatemala in mexico with TELCEL and DIGICEL in guatemala i bought 2 prepaid phones cuz i didnt wanna pay international roaming on my at&t phone i bought a galaxy s2 in mexico and borrowed another galaxy s2 in guatemala from a family member and even tho those phones are capable of using skype for video calls theres no need to go tru ALL that hassle of downloading the app and making an account because all u gotta do is put the area code and number press options and it gives u 2 options VOICE CALL OR VIDEO CALL u choose whichever one u need simple as that no need to download skype NO PHONE IN THE US GIVES U THAT OPTION i had phones from at&t, verizon, sprint verizon and none offer that option u gotta download an app like skype or tango its such a hassle well for me it is it wud all be easier if they had it like in mexico or guatemala and im sure in other parts of the world thy have that except here.. so hopfully what ralph proposed happens ..
19. pegasso (Posts: 276; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
we already have 3G/UMTS video call using 3GPP codec since 2004.
most manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, etc) support this standard and it's pretty popular here.
so, no need for any new standard.
20. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
When did the Micro Machines guy become AT&T's CEO??!!