a front-facing camera

Everyone is talking about the Gizmodo iPhone 4 feature story. They’re talking about the possible ramifications of Gizmodo paying for known stolen property, of the moral issues of making the apple employee’s identity public. That’s all fine and good, but what about the camera? The front-facing one, I mean.

Europe has had front-facing video cameras forever, and their phone networks have been capable of sustaining two-way video calls for quite some time, as well. The idea never took off here, except among the mobile crowd with cheap netbooks tied to expensive data plans. Now these phone will have a front-facing camera and a rear camera that will (presumably) add even more weight to the use of this phone as a true convergence device.

I feel that signals even more than that. Sure it’s great that the phone is able to do so much, has a crazy high-resolution screen, and oodles of storage. I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about the backbone that allows it to do all these whiz-bang tricks: AT&T.

If there’s a front-facing camera on this phone, it might be limited to use when the phone is in range of wifi. That’s fine, and wouldn’t be so bad…but what if this camera was finally AT&T’s way of saying, “Yup, we’re ready for you now.”

Their coverage and ability to handle high-load areas in places like New York and San Francisco may be lacking, but Chicago is great.

Bring on the video calls.

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