Verizon adds Skype video calling to its 4G LTE phones, projected to be as useful as Facetime

By • Jan 7th, 2011 • Category: Blog

At CES Las Vegas, Verizon announced that it will begin to offer Skype video calling to a wide range of its new 4G LTE phones that are being released throughout 2011. Skype has been a big part of mobile communications for some time, but the inclusion of video calling for Verizon’s 4G LTE network gives a little more punch behind the projected release of the new 4G LTE smartphones. Verizon has stated that the inclusion of Skype’s video calling is directly addressing user demand for video calling.

Skype has made a lot of waves in the wireless market, and this new development with Verizon’s 4G LTE phones could be a potential boon for the company. To put some perspective however, video calling as a phone feature is not that viable. The problem with video calling is that it is still limited in its usage, and the feature itself isn’t practical enough to use often. Issues include the lack of reliability over existing 3G networks, although the advent of Verizon’s 4G LTE may fix that. Video calling also requires a front facing camera that isn’t available on many phones, otherwise users will find themselves video calling with their contact’s wall. Also, video calling isn’t intuitive enough for everyday use. It’s impractical to carry a video calling session while on the go, or while preoccupied with something else like driving. In essence, Skype’s inclusion of video calling to Verizon’s new line of 4G LTE phones is snazzy, but it hasn’t solved the issues that make video calling just a cool feature, rather than a useful one.

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