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Phones with video chat capability have been out in Europe for years, but getting the ability on two of the biggest smartphone platforms will expose the feature to millions who have no idea such video calls are possible. A new comprehensive report details this upcoming boom.

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One of the features of the Sprint EVO 4G smartphone I just bought is the front-facing camera designed for video chatting. That impending purchase had me thinking about the mobile video chatting segment, especially given the expected announcement today of the next iPhone. That phone will also have a camera for video chatting if rumors are to be believed. While phones with video chat capability have been out in Europe for years, having the ability on two of the biggest smartphone platforms (iPhone and Android) will expose the feature to millions who have no idea such video calls are possible.

That’s the subject of a big report just published today: Report: The Consumer Video Chat Market, 2010 – 2015 (sub req’d) that takes a comprehensive look at video chatting in general (mobile included). This excellent article points out the major players in this area, and details the potential issues such as network congestion such video chatting will bring.

  1. Does that big report cover the new FaceTime feature just announced at WWDC? ;)

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  2. FaceTime won’t be causing any cellular network congestion; wifi only. if you want cellular video chat you need an EVO 4G.

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    1. …or a Nokia N900 which now supports Skype video chat over 3G.

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  3. I still think video chat is over-hyped for the typical person. We’ve had it on computers for a while now and it was cool at first. After so long the avg person realizes that most of communication does not need to be visual. Granted, there are niche situations when it is very useful but for the avg person most of the time viewing the person you are speaking with is not necessary.

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  4. IMHO, until video chat services are inter-callable, you won’t see people glomming onto it. Techies will use it, families showing off puppies and babies, long-distance lovers pining for glimpse of each other’s faces.

    But since you have to iPhone to iPhone it, Skype to Skype it, Yahoo to Yahoo it, and so on, I find video calling difficult. Then again, no one I know uses it, so there’s no one for me to call either.

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  5. If I can ensure that I only video chat with attractive people, I’m all for it.

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