Popular Broadband Video Phone Services

By: Mike Singh

Broadband video phones are the next level of communication using the internet rather than traditional phone lines and services. The broadband video phone will allow users to talk, send and received real time video. This technology uses a regular high-speed internet connection to send up to thirty frames per second. Most also include a full duplex speakerphone for the audio component.

Motorola

Motorola and WorldGate are working together to market a broadband video phone that works very similar to many online communication services offering voice and webcam services. The benefit of this broadband video phone is that the computer is not necessary as it would be with the headset and webcam option.

D-Link

D-Link offers several different styles of broadband video phones. The desktop model looks very similar to a regular corded phone but includes a five-inch colour LCD screen. It is designed for videoconferencing over the internet and does not require any connection to a computer.

The other models offered use a TV to provide the videoconferencing. One is wireless that allows easy portability and quick set-up. The wired model, like the wireless, does not require a PC to run, but does need an ethernet cable to be run from the router or broadband internet connection.

Viseon

Viseon is one of the first companies to market a home use broadband video phone. It operates on all high speed internet connections including DSL or cable modems. It features two way video telephony and allows the user to manage the service via an onscreen display.

Wooksung

The Wooksung video phone is a desktop phone featuring a high resolution 3.5 inch screen and a digital camera. For greater flexibility/mobility the screen swivels around its base. These feature makes it an ideal for travel. This phone has AV in/out jacks in the rear which can be used for projecting the picture on a larger screen.

What the future holds

The future of broadband video phones is heading towards more portable and more compact models. Several companies in China already provide video cell phones and this technology is on the move and is the wave of the future. Current models of broadband video phones range from around two hundred dollars up to five hundred dollars.

Deciding to use or not use a video phone depends on your comfort with technology, your ISP's VoIP technology, and your business or personal needs. Whether you choose to buy a broadband internet phone now or later, be prepared to see more options and models on the market.

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