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Reply # 43508 8-Aug-2006 11:43
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Video calling is useful, I never had a problem with it, I could just flip the handset to me ear and yak away and the person at the other end got pictures of whatever my ear was pointing at (SE V800)

When you can use national videocall minutes like national voice minutes, It would make it far more attractive.

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  Reply # 43547 8-Aug-2006 15:09
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simon_nz90: Thats not true...

Ok your included minutes arnt used up for video calling, but your standard calling rate, eg 79c per min on Choose 60, is the same rate for making a video call. So video calling is the same rate as vocie calling, even on a plan.


So its not "15¢ per min" then, which means that it is more expensive.




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Reply # 43549 8-Aug-2006 15:12
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I've written a blog post about this subject. In it I've compared the included minute cost vs the cost of video calling etc.

Its interesting that only two of the On Account plans actually have the same cost for voice minutes (providing you are using included minutes) as video calling, those two are the TXT 150 plan and the Choose 20 plan.




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  Reply # 43550 8-Aug-2006 15:37
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In fairness to Vodafone however matching the price of video calling with voice calling in all situations simply couldn't happen. The network capacity for video calling is far less than voice.




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  Reply # 43553 8-Aug-2006 16:42
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sbiddle: The network capacity for video calling is far less than voice.



Are you sure you have that around the right way??




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  Reply # 43558 8-Aug-2006 17:37
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freitasm: I read the article, thanks for the link Jama... That comes back to one of my thoughts: The killer app for mobile is... voice!




yik.. i'm not a big fan of voice.. it's intrusive - it must be acknowledged immeditely - it interupts. people don't call because they don't want to interupt.



for myself, killer app is sms. It can be ignored for a good 10 minutes without being rude.. yet it can also be instant.


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  Reply # 43560 8-Aug-2006 17:57
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Jama:
sbiddle: The network capacity for video calling is far less than voice.



Are you sure you have that around the right way??


I read a document online a while back detailing it. Both UMTS video calling and voice tie up a 64Kbps CS channel however when video calling increased on a cell the uplink power became excessively high affecting capacity and coverage on the cell. Maybe it's just a network design/management issue rather than a UMTS specific limitation on every network.




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