Football star watches son's birth using FaceTime

Football star watches son's birth using FaceTime
Dallas Cowboy cornerback Brandon Carr had a problem. After beating the Miami Dolphins 24-20 in the annual Hall of Fame game, Carr was back at Cowboys' training camp in Los Angeles when he got a phone call that his wife was being rushed to the hospital to give birth. Carr rushed to the airport, but realized that he would never get to the hospital in time for the delivery. But the solution to his predicament was right there in his pocket.

Sitting on a chair at LAX, Carr used the FaceTime feature on his Apple iPhone to watch his second child, Austin, come into this world. Carr got two days off from the Cowboys to visit his family before having to return back to training camp. Of course, had the Cowboys had their training camp near Dallas instead of in L.A., he probably would have made it back to the delivery room in time in the first place.

source: Star-Telegram via USAToday



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Interesting who was holding iPhone or iPad, doctor? I take it as an advertisement.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope it actually happened. Sports center had the actual footage, and mike and mike did too.

12. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Hey you, don't get any cute ideas, we don't need [YOU] hooking up your soon-to-be wife upto to FaceTime when she delivers your first critter.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're not even worth my time "dude". If you notice I don't even bother with you anymore.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I understand that it actually happened, but such accentuation that it happened using !!!FaceTime!!! looks more like advertisement.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh just an event that circulated, due to BC being an NFL star. Apple has nothing to do with it. It's cool that technology allowed the man to witness his child's birth, and support his wife.

11. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

That's a visual graphic that we could've done without. Imagine someone holding an iPad or iPhone at the exit point of a woman's birth canal!! Whatever happened to just letting the damn stork deliver the darn baby?? Good thing the person holding that iPad/iPhone didn't let it slip. [FRIGHTFUL!!]

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

infl network

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5. stealthd unregistered

The nice thing about facetime is it's really simple. You don't have to create an account, you just hit the facetime button and it works. The big drawback there being it has to be an Apple device. They could have done this with something like Skype, but if they didn't already have skype accounts and weren't familiar with how it works then it may not have been practical to get things set up in a last minute situation. If they already had iPhones and/or iPads lying around, Facetime is a really easy solution.

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Google Hangouts is better than facetime in every way possible, skype can go die because its cancerware owned by Micro$oft.

7. stealthd unregistered

Not in every way possible, as I already outlined, but I'll repeat it anyway: simplicity. There's basically no setup with Facetime that a typical iPhone user wouldn't already have done. All they had to do with hit the Facetime button and it would be working. If they weren't already familiar with Google Hangouts it may not have been practical to figure everything out and get it set up in an emergency situation like this. Facetime is just dead simple, that's why it worked in this situation. And it's just a fact that more people use and are familiar with Skype, it's ubiquity makes it more useful.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude who cares which is better? All 3rd party vid chat apps work for iOS too. Quit making a war outta everything dude. Face time is great, it works and works well. Instead of trying to start a flame war, try to push for a global standard vid chat service. That way everyone can do it, just like texting became a global standard. Fanboys are the worst.

18. thelegend6657 unregistered

Shut up you sun of a beach Google fanboy

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Congrats on the birth of your child BC. Steelers rule!!!

13. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

An appropriate time to rename Apple's Video Chatting App' vAgiNaTime™

17. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This is a cool story even if it's (yet again) more free advertising for the iPhone. And yes it could have been done with Hangouts too, but Google isn't doing a very good job at making that feature known. Techies are all over it, but getting the general public to use it is like pulling teeth.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is not news.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure it is, you just don't like it cuz you're hating as usual. How about're not news.

22. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

It's sports news, maybe not phone arena news. I think this is an awesome thing, granted I am not a fan of Apple, the man was able to watch the birth of his son. That is something that is truly important to any person who has our wants to have children. I had cancer last year. My wife and I have just started doing IVF. I cannot imagine not being there for the birth of my child. To Alan F., the Cowboys have had their training camp in Southern California for as long as Jerry Jones has been the owner. When the Raiders were in L.A., the Raiders had theirs in Oxnard and the Cowboys had theirs in Thousand Oaks. I used to go with my dad as a kid and watch the Raiders scrimmage the Cowboys.

23. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Football anot Soccer. :D XD

24. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Or maybe he' s trying to make a video call but neither or maybe 1 of them don't have a skype, viber, tango or whatever social messaging app to use. Now since both party has an iphone and facetime does not require much setup, the videocall was made posssible. Congratulations to the new parents!

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good to hear

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