According to a report by Pew Internet, around 7% of cell phone owners have participated in video calls, chats, or teleconferences.
Almost a fifth of American adults 19% have tried video calling either online or via their cell phones. That figure comes from adding up the number of adults who said they either had made a video or teleconferencing call online (17% of adults have done that) or made video calls on their cell phones (6% of adults have done that). In many cases people have placed video calls on both the internet and their cell phone. Those who answered yes to both questions were only counted once in the overall tally of video callers.
These figures translate into 23% of internet users and 7% of cell phone owners who have participated in video calls, chats, or teleconferences. The figures were gathered in a survey of 3,001 American adults (age 18 and older) between August 9 and September 13, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.
Video calling is a relatively new service in the US, although it has been available in Europe now for many years and on different OS platforms as part of the UMTS standard. 3G video calling was never a big success due to the poor quality of the video and the high cost of making the calls.
These percentages will surely start to increase now that Apple have released the iPhone 4 with FaceTime video calling. We are also starting to see third party applications that can take advantage of the iPhone 4’s front facing camera starting to filter through the App Store.
The question is, does anyone actually use it regularly or find it a killer feature. We have put together a survey, so let us know if you have used FaceTime.