Cingular Makes First Wireless Video Share Call

Technology Demo Showcased in AT&T Booth at Consumer Electronics Show

Jan 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Cingular Wireless

    ATLANTA, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As thousands of people stroll through
 the aisles of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, those
 stopping by the AT&T booth (9817) will get a glimpse of what to expect from
 their wireless company in the near future - that is, if their wireless
 company is Cingular! (Media and analysts attending the Digital Experience
 event at Caesar's Palace on Sunday, January 7 between 7:00 -10:00 p.m. PST
 can get a sneak preview).
     Cingular will be the first wireless carrier in the United States to
 demonstrate a service that allows wireless phone users to easily make a
 "live" video share call. The service allows users to send a live video
 stream to a recipient during a standard voice call. Beginning with a normal
 phone call, customers can hit one button to add a live video stream,
 allowing the called party to see what the caller is seeing while they're
 talking. The service also allows customers to switch the direction of the
 video stream during the same phone call.
     "In the case of this technology demonstration, seeing is believing,"
 said Kris Rinne, senior vice president of architecture and planning for
 AT&T. "Consumers can get a real feel for what 3G wireless can do and what
 to expect in the future."
     For example, a couple in San Antonio would place a regular voice call
 to their parents in Miami, and once the call is connected, hit the camera
 button on the phone to start the video session. The parents receive an
 invitation asking if they want to view the live video stream, and once
 accepted, they begin seeing the video shot by the kids in San Antonio. The
 speakerphone turns on and the proud new grandparents in Miami can see a
 live video of their granddaughter taking her first steps or saying her
 first words.
     Cingular is showcasing its 3G UMTS/HSDPA (Universal Mobile Telephone
 System/High Speed Downlink Packet Access) network and recently deployed IMS
 (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem) platform to provide the video
 service. Other companies participating in the demo are Alcatel/Lucent (Las
 Vegas 3G network and IMS platform) and LG Electronics (LG CU500v phone).
     Cingular said it expects to make the video service commercially
 available in 2007.
     About Cingular Wireless
     Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States,
 serving 58.7 million customers. Cingular is solely owned by AT&T Inc.
 (NYSE:   T), a premier communications holding company in the United States
 and worldwide. Cingular has the largest digital voice and data network in
 the nation - the ALLOVER(TM) network - and the largest mobile-to-mobile
 community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third
 generation wireless technology, featuring the first widely available HSDPA
 (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) service in the world. Cingular is the
 only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that
 lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company
 are available at

SOURCE Cingular Wireless