History of Video Calls: From Fantasy to Flops to Facetime

A visual history of the science and sci-fi of phone calls you can see. (And, no, it didn't start with The Jetsons.)

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2000s-era Video IP Phones

While teens were busy connecting to each other through webcams and IM networks, the concept of the dedicated videophone stayed alive. Such devices remained attractive in business circles, where budgets were higher and executives considered face-to-face contact especially important. Companies began manufacturing IP (Internet Protocol) phones for use over IP networks like the Internet.

Here we see a selection of IP phone models, including the Nortel 1535 (lower right, 2007) and the D-Link DVC-3000 (upper left, 2008). By this time, it was clear that consumers were apathetic about dedicated videophones, so none of these devices targeted them.

Photos: Nortel/D-Link/Grandstream/ACN/Amstrad

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