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  • Japanese Live Link 3G Enables iPhone Video Calls Without Jailbreak



    It looks like some of us may not have to wait for the 4th generation iPhone (or later) to enjoy video calls on our iPhones. Live Link 3G, a Japanese-developed application from Yudo Inc., makes it possible for two iPhone users to share a video call. And according to early reviews, the app supports a fairly high-quality video/audio transmission between users.

    A recent addition to the Japanese iPhone app store, Live Link 3G likely foreshadows a staple of future generations of the iPhone. Apple chief Steve Jobs said earlier this year that the next iPhone version will be an "A+" upgrade from the current model. Of course, we won't know until June (maybe) when the 4th gen iPhone is expected to arrive whether the handset will actually enable video calls - one of the most sought after features from iPhone users.

    For now, Live Link 3G presents a possible look at the future. Granted, of course, it remains a glimpse that leaves one wanting. In the absence of a front-facing camera, the popular Japanese app is really more of a video conferencing tool for users to show each other their surrounding locations. That is, if both iPhone callers simultaneously looked into the camera, they wouldn't be able to see one another. And, for the most part, that kind of defeats the true nature of a video call.

    For another week or so, Live Link 3G is available for free from the Japanese app store. That's right, no jailbreak required for this nifty little app. Past March 22nd, however, the app will cost a pretty penny - 1,000 yen, or $11 in the US.

    Image via Yudo Inc.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Japanese Live Link 3G Enables iPhone Video Calls Without Jailbreak started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      i needs that ipa lmao
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      what is the point if u cant see eachother??

      otherwise u have to mount some mirrors lol
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      Maybe they could make a little clamp on mirror so you could see each other... Who needs a front facing camera anyway
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Couldn't you just hold your phone backwards? Not that it would be easy. I have a mirrored screen protector which might help. Just a thought...
    1. streftr's Avatar
      streftr -
      Is there a way to get that app in the us? Or is only in japan?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      this sounds delightfully useless. and imagine what it would do to your battery.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      No need to buy the new 4G iPhone....
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      "Couldn't you just hold your phone backwards? Not that it would be easy. I have a mirrored screen protector which might help. Just a thought..."

      WTH, if you hold the phone backwards you can't see the screen, so what's the point of a video call. Hence, the mirror joke
    1. streftr's Avatar
      streftr -
      i opened a jp acct just to try this out. it might be useful for showing relatives things my son is doing. then again i guess i can just ustream it. lol idk i'll report back on the usefullness or lack of!! lol
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      Come to the UNITED STATES PLEASE
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^ okay, I'm here, now what?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      ok so im gonna attempt to mod this so we can use it in the U.S. , so i downloaded it and gonna install it so brb
    1. Jomann's Avatar
      Jomann -
      I like the mirror idea, it's funny but, in a serious way, possible, if you got a mirror that clipped on the back of the phone, it's entirely possible.

      I'm surprised to hear someone say "useless" seeing as how much the world looks forward to things like video phones... just because it's not exactly what you expect, unless of course, trollin.
    1. truncj's Avatar
      truncj -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      ok so im gonna attempt to Mod this so we can use it in the U.S. , so i downloaded it and gonna install it so brb
      Appreciated, I was going to do the same, but if you've already gotten half way, i dont mind waiting for your progress. I'll be waiting :]
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      I definitely don't want video phone, it's hard enough to not /sound/ like I just woke up when someone calls me at 11am.... With the video everyone would know what a lazy POS I really am...
    1. THES0FAK1NG's Avatar
      THES0FAK1NG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      I definitely don't want video phone, it's hard enough to not /sound/ like I just woke up when someone calls me at 11am.... With the video everyone would know what a lazy POS I really am...
      x2. totally agree..i can't wait. i'm gonna have to be able to not look like a hobo everytime my phone rings and its a gorgeous woman on the other end.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      thats cool, but i think it would be kind of annoying because of the lack of a front facing camera...
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      ok im testing the mod
      , i need a guinea pig lmao
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i'd get it. if it were going for 500 yen.

      edit: i cant believe a moderator is discussing warez
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Posted a link to the edited free version( the app is free from the begining) hit that thanks