What's with the obsession with trying to sell people video phones? And the media's obsession with writing about them? With respect to Mike's comments about absolute statements, it's hard to think of a single example of any of the highly touted attempts to make money from video calling that have actually worked. But, for some reason, every so often, a reporter trots out a story that makes out the failure of video calling to be a surprise, since what could possibly be better than seeing somebody while you talk to them? Judging by the public reaction to video calling devices and services, quite a lot. It's not the cost of the equipment or services that keeps video calling from succeeding; it's just that nobody cares. Video calling may have some novelty value at first, but it quickly wears off, and it's not apparent exactly why people should be interested. "It's like a phone call, but with pictures" is a marketing message that's pretty clearly failed, time and time again.
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