May 21 2013, 8:35am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
There was a time when AT&T had no provision for video chatting among its features. Imagine the fact that this was a time when Google Hangouts was introduced to the world at large. However, according to The Register, AT&T plans to change all that by the end of 2013. The new facility will allow access to what was once but a dream. It has long been a hot potato at AT&T that the FaceTime chat facility was blocked for iOS users.
That underwent a significant development when clients who didn’t have unlimited plans were allowed entry into the privileged club of chatter-bugs. But within about half a year or so even unlimited plan users will gain access to the facility. This only goes to prove that inclusivity is indeed a beautiful thing. Soon enough we will be having ordinary citizens giving video chatting a go from their Apple, Blackberry and Samsung mobile units. But they will have to be on an LTE phone.
The lifting of restrictions will be like a release from prison for many who are visually oriented. They will get a lucky chance of talking to and seeing right before their very eyes their loved ones. Space and time will contract. No matter how much distance from each other or in what time zone the chatting parties may be they will get to contact and communicate with each other without a hitch. A Skype facility will be part and parcel of this freedom move. AT&T is also the harbinger of home automation digital life service for many cities spread out across the United States. As an old time institution, AT&T has earned a better image in return for this relaxation in limited access to video chatting. It could have landed in trouble with Google over the excess exclusivity that had many customers and users disgruntled.
It is a fact of life that what the upper class does today the lower classes will be doing tomorrow. This is due to the hunting stage the elite happens to be in on a permanent basis. The creativity of the elite depends upon challenge-and-response to circumstances and arising problems. As long there are optimal issues they will be resolved with quick solutions that make what was once owned by a few the property of many. This is precisely what the technicians at AT&T have done and they ought to be lauded for that.
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