Well.. not exactly. Till now, video calling has been a luxury and expensive act that remained with in the corporate walls or riches. What Skype did is to bring this luxury to common man and small businesses. Yeah… you may say, this is not a big deal. Yes, i agree! But the recent Skype move to provide Video calling on iPhone 3G and Wifi is phenomenal. Combined with the iPhone 4 face time feature it is just a great feature for the “globalized” families and businesses.
I have a iPhone 3GS model and this feature works as you expect with the back facing camera. You can just innovate the usage scenarios…
- When i am on the move, or at restaurants or at grocery stores, i could just Video call from iPhone+Skype and ask my wife which specific flower bouquet she wants?
- If i see a wonderful scenery, i could just call my daughter and show it to her.
- It works great with Skype users in India too. I called my family in India to show them the nice misty and cloudy scenic I-680 route to Pleasanton.
- You are walking along the Golden Gate Bridge and at a perfect sunset, call your parents in India (or anywhere in the world as long as they are a Skype user) and share the joy.
Thanks to 3G data speeds, Internet and Apple (iPhone) for making this possible. Thank you Skype. This is an amazing job!
Thanks for those invisible researchers/scientists who made this video compression techniques possible to travel across world.
Note : My AT&T signal sucks on iPhone (even on freeways). Good luck Verizon users.