However, group video-calling services for consumers — especially free ones — are less well-known.
Skype offers group video calling, but it requires a plan that costs about a month.
Some companies even offer services such as homing devices to alert users when another user is within thirty feet of one another.
Some systems involve bluetooth technology to connect users in locations such as bars and clubs. These systems are actually more popular in some countries in Europe and Asia than online dating.
But there remains the arduous task of attracting consumers to 3G services, or indeed, the Mobile Internet.
Last Thursday, at a press conference where Airtel unveiled its new brand, and showcased some 3G services, we got to see a demo of what’s in store.
It comes from a small Silicon Valley start-up called Zoom Video Communications.
This new service not only features group video chatting, but also has text chatting and even allows any member of the group to share a computer screen with the others.Usually these sites are free to use but standard text messaging fees may still apply as well as a small fee the dating service charges per message.Mobile dating websites, in order to increase the opportunities for meeting, focus attention on users that share the same social network and proximity.– Video TV: Airtel has partnered with Apalya for video content, with live streaming of TV channels, and also featuring archival content, including archives of TV shows.Airtel execs at the launch didn’t confirm or deny whether, like in case of the broadcast business, carrying Doordarshan is mandated.One caveat though: 9 to 5 Mac says it uses 3.4 mb of data per minute.