2010 and Beyond
So is the dedicated videophone dead? As far as the "decidated" part, probably - at least for consumers. But the videophone element? Not at all.
The iPhone 4 (seen here) isn't the only next-generation videosmartphone-it was beaten to market by Sprint's EVO 4G. Both have big touchscreens, front-facing cameras, and software designed to make video calls painless (although the EVO had some initial hiccups). Apple even promises to make FaceTime an open standard to promote interoperability- something badly needed to bring videophones to the mainstream.
Will it finally happen? Only time will tell.