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Airtel Launches International Video Calling services on 3G!

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This may come a delight to many, especially who have their loved ones abroad. According to a press release, Airtel has launched International Video Calling services.

Most of the Telecom providers in India including Tata Docomo, Reliance, Idea & BSNL have video calling services on 3G network – however, the coverage is limited to Pan- India (atleast as far as I am aware of).

Contrary to this, Airtel’s International Video Calling service will be available to more than 227 countries across the globe.

Airtel 3g

Airtel International Video Calling Cost

An Airtel 3G customer in India can see and talk with his friends and relatives in USA, Canada, Bangladesh face to face through video call at just Rs.14/min, while on the move. Similarly, video calls to UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman are priced at Rs. 20 per minute.

As a pre-requisite to making ISD video calls, both the caller and the called customer have to be on 3G network and have a front-camera in their 3G handset in their respective countries.

Video Calling adoption in India

Although all the telecom operators have launched 3g services, the speeds have really not been upto the mark. I have personally tried using all 3G services in Pune and my experience has been far from good. Doing a video call requires lot of bandwidth, and if the 3G data speed itself is poor, then it beats the purpose. Additionally, Video calling requires front and back cameras, very few mobile have that so the target audience is really narrow.

I think it will quite a while before we see adoption of Video calling services. What do you think?

  1. Arun Prabhudesai says

    absolutely I agree..I have used 3g from all providers…and the only word I can think of is – "it sucks" …its sad really…

  2. Binu Nair says

    3G video calling leaves a lot to be desired. My brother has a Tata DoCoMo and I'm on airtel.
    We're both having Samsung Galaxy S with the front facing cameras.
    I was so excited on getting 3G from Airtel, but looking at the quality that you actually get is really pathetic. Just compare the call's video quality with what they show in their TV ads is really making a mountain out of a mole hill.
    I've flashed my OS to gingerbread v2.3.4 and rooted my phone. So right now I'm using Google Talk's video calling feature on my phone with my folks and friends across the globe. It's really great.
    I've not tested it on 3G which would be definitely cheaper than the video calling rates of our operators.
    Airtel is charging Rs.5/min for video calls anywhere in India.

  3. Binu Nair says

    3G video calling leaves a lot to be desired. My brother has a Tata DoCoMo and I'm on airtel.
    We're both having Samsung Galaxy S with the front facing cameras.
    I was so excited on getting 3G from Airtel, but looking at the quality that you actually get is really pathetic. Just compare the call's video quality with what they show in their TV ads is really making a mountain out of a mole hill.
    I've flashed my OS to gingerbread v2.3.4 and rooted my phone. So right now I'm using Google Talk's video calling feature on my phone with my folks and friends across the globe. It's really great.
    I've not tested it on 3G which would be definitely cheaper than the video calling rates of our operators.
    Airtel is charging Rs.5/min for video calls anywhere in India.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      absolutely I agree..I have used 3g from all providers…and the only word I can think of is – "it sucks" …its sad really…

  4. Vamsi Pala says

    ya, I agree If the call quality is bad people will prefer to call from their video calling from gmail instead of using 3G…. not looking like a good option…

  5. Vamsi Pala says

    ya, I agree If the call quality is bad people will prefer to call from their video calling from gmail instead of using 3G…. not looking like a good option…

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