AT&T demands that carriers introduce a uniform cross-platform video calling standard, we clap
What's that? The sky is falling? A carrier clamors for a uniform standard? We don't know if the spirit of Dalai Lama has blessed the AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega or he's had a life-changing encounter with the myriad of video-calling apps and standards, but now he raised a voice for uniting them all.
At his keynote MWC address in Barcelona, the brave mustachioed De la Vega suggested that the wireless industry adopt a joint video calling protocol, like the IR.94 standard, and stop monkeying around with proprietary video calling solutions like FaceTime, and the number of apps on different platforms that can only talk to each other, or certain handsets.
Nokia phones, for example, have had front-facing cams for video chat since the times of the Nokia 6630, and if there was a uniform standard, we'd be happily staring at grainy faces while talking to them for years now.
Come on now, it's not so hard, The Jetsons had it! Now, is there a petition and where do we sign up? After the introduction of joint text messaging standard in 2001, text usage skyrocketed and became a cash cow for carriers, but now that this source is drying up, they understandably want to move to the greener pastures of videocalling.