AT&T demands that carriers introduce a uniform cross-platform video calling standard, we clap

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.



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22 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: Mar 19, 2011

now if they could only unite on the idea of bring your own device get x% off

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

id prefer to continue using skype thank you

4. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Yeah just try getting Apple to conform to that idea

9. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 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: Dec 29, 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: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 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: Sep 09, 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: Feb 14, 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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

11. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

yes, I agree.

13. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Theres.....something on his face!!!! Some.....THING........ ON his face!

14. bbonline

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 24, 2011

It's called a microphone. :)

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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?

15. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

is that Magnum PI?

16. alpinestars

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 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: Oct 18, 2011

You sir...are absolutely correct!!! Couldn't agree with you more.

18. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 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: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

When did the Micro Machines guy become AT&T's CEO??!!

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