Every so often Canadian wireless carrier find a way to play in the same sandbox, and this time it is a huge benefit to Canadian wireless customers. After a brief trial on two-way wireless video calling between Bell, Rogers and TELUS, Rogers has announced the upcoming service is one step closer to becoming a reality. Video calling would allow wireless customers a ‘see-what-I-can-see’ connection with other callers, enabling them to do things like share special moments or get advice on a birthday gift before they buy.
“We are proud to be part of the first inter-carrier partnership in North America to enable clients to call each other using video capabilities,” said Stephen Howe, chief technology officer for Bell Mobility. “By breaking down the barriers between video calling clients in Canada, we anticipate strong demand for the service – as we saw with past inter-carrier initiatives such as text and picture messaging.”
Currently consumers can use mobile video calling through several carriers, but both callers must be on the same carrier’s network using compatible handsets. No official word on when this new inter-carrier mobile video calling will be launched.