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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. ericwuzneverhere's Avatar
      ericwuzneverhere -
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c907h30Me6o]YouTube - iSnapMe Review iPhone Camera Accessory[/ame]

      This is an accessory that makes the camera work like a front facing camera.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      OMG, I'm sorry, butthat has to be the worst product review video ever.

      "I can't really explain how it works, it's really complicated". LMFAO- it's a freakin' mirror- OK?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      ^hmmm, check your facts before you start judging, it's a free app!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Yea i didn't pay for it because it was free but nonetheless I apologize to the site for posting , although it's available it's not available in the united states...to those who got it , lucky u to those who didn't , tuff one
      my mistake, your right. its free until march 22. but however gray this area is or isn't my point is still valid.
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      Sorry to burst your bubble (some of you that is)....it is free for a short period of time (March 22nd) to the 'Japanese' public only! Hence only available for free right now on the Japanese Appstore.

      It will be $11 to the US public when released on the U.S. AppStore, therefore not a free app to any other set of people.
      Having said that, it seems anyone can create an account with a different AppStore than that of their own country and get the app, thus making it free to the 'outside' (of Japan) public, therefore theoretically, it is free and therefore not pirated at at all by CW.

      The only question remains is wether modding the free app and then re-releasing it to the wider public constitutes as illegal as the developers have no doubt sought to protect their intellectual property.

      Either way, it is totally inappropriate to suggest that this (on the face of it) is in some way a 'true' video conferencing app, as we have come to expect, as it doesn't even do basic video conferencing as we know it.

      Potenial for other uses is still very good, just not conferencing or simple video chat.

      Sorry about the long post.

      Sorry I meant z3r01 earlier, not CW and thanks to him for his efforts all the same.
    1. Electrodaktylus's Avatar
      Electrodaktylus -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      ok im testing the mod
      , i need a guinea pig lmao
      boricua! im the guinea pig how can we connect? I also download it.
    1. phubar's Avatar
      phubar -
      I'm having a horrible time accessing the japanese app store, it times out 9 out of every 10 tries, can anybody post the link to the app in the appstore? thanks.

      nvmd... http://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/live-...360021071?mt=8
    1. BluScreen's Avatar
      BluScreen -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      Im not going to argue an invalid point with you.

      This forum has rules, I could care less what you wanna do elsewhere, but here you follow them.

      PS- And modifying your iphone is NOT illegal, just because Apple frowns on it. Piracy is.
      Couldn't. You couldn't care less. Hope this helps!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
    1. iGarza's Avatar
      iGarza -
      does this film in Japanese? and do they offer you a video translator if you dont speak Japanese?
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^bwahahahahaha!! That's a good one!!!
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      good news. if that application became successful enough for all iphone users. so wuts the awe thing about iphone 4g that'll make everyone wants to get it? verison is out of the list.
    1. iGarza's Avatar
      iGarza -
      I for one will probably get a 4G just because of the case sensitive touch and the new forward facing camera.

      Bigger is not always better but i couldn't hurt

      (if you plan to drink green beer today, keep in mind a leprechaun probably pissed in it
    1. lorderick70's Avatar
      lorderick70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      z3r01, where can I find the link to this? Please advise. Thanks
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      please no one PM me about how to get this either cuz i willz not do it !
    1. phubar's Avatar
      phubar -
      you can get it LEGALLY here iTunes Japan App Store iPhone iPod touch iPad Live Link 3G FREE!

      just have to signup for a FREE japanese app store account, they even allow you to skip the credit card step, I still don't understand what the big fuss is about people asking how to get this app? IT IS FREE PEOPLE! and there nothing ILLEGAL about getting a japanese app store account.
    1. ssfirme's Avatar
      ssfirme -
      Do i have to have just 3g or wifi,cant connect with other 3g,wutt am i doing wrong???
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by BluScreen View Post
      Couldn't. You couldn't care less. Hope this helps!
      Wow thanks. Sooo useful.
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by ssfirme View Post
      Do i have to have just 3g or wifi,cant connect with other 3g,wutt am i doing wrong???
      Not reading the instructions.

      I mean seriously dood, there are 2 buttons on the main page; the connect button and the instructions. It didn't cross your mind to check that out before logging in here and posting this question.

      Good luck, dood. Seriously. My best to you and your future.

      You PC guys.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      I haven't been able to connect with anyone so far.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Wait wait..didn't apple say that they allow them device to be plug into iPhone dock pin to talk to the applications..how come they won't make a small USB camera to be plug into the iPhone pin dock..I don't see much acessory to be plug to iPhone pin dock all I know is that they have one for memory card slot to transfer the pics to the iPhone..Or i just don't know if they have one??

      -Sent from my iPad