Hutchison 3G Austria starts commercial mobile Video phone service in Austria.
Hutchison introduces one of the first UMTS services to offer video phone capabilities. The Hutchison service Drei (Site in English via Google) offers the NEC e606 mobile phone to use the service. The phone sells for 576 Euros. The phone supports bandwith up to 384 kbps, allowing for reasonable video streaming quality.
The video phone service starts at a low rate of 39 Euro/month.
Currently the UMTS coverage only includes the major cities in Austria. In other areas the phone switches to GSM, without the video capability.
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