Somewhere near Atlanta, GA — as we sped along at 75mph — my wife called my daughter on her cell phone from her office. So I fired up iChat and requested a video chat with her since, like yesterday, I was connected to Verizon Wireless via my Treo on my laptop. Not only did it connect, but we talked for several minutes. You can see the video quality which is incredibly good.
Again, I’m on the Interstate highway system where wireless coverage is usually pretty good and it drops off dramatically the further you migrate from these major arteries. However, unless you’re completely aware of the continued build-out of wireless network footprints and the continued acceleration in speed of them, you might not bother to embrace technologies like these or even try ‘em out to see if they might be of any benefit to you. Some day we’ll all have rich, robust visual communications technologies like this at our fingertips and the wireless internet will be so seamless and so ubiquitous it’ll seem like the air we breathe.
Then wait to see what Internet-centric applications appear!