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3G Video Calling Mobile Phones in India

A few days back, we posted how you can make free mobile video calls using the voip services like Skype, Fring etc. Also with 3G services launched in India, people are excited about making 3G video mobile video calls. However for making a video call, you require a mobile with front camera. Are you looking for a mobile phone with video calling capabilities, read on!

On checking the internet going through various available options of a mobile phone with front camera, I found that a very limited options are available. You will find very few mobile phones with front camera (In Indian market), which will help you make video calls.

If you are having iPhone4 or a Samsung Galaxy S then you can certainly make video calls but again their price is very high. Most of the 3G, Android phones available in Indian market don't have a front camera. I wonder when companies are offering so many features, why are they not offering front camera for video calls.

You may say that "we can place a video call using the primary camera" but think again, will it make any sense :
1. You face the back of mobile, you won't be able to see the other person. Obviously you wont be using a mirror for that :p
2. Also your primary camera will have high resolution video, image which is not suited for video calling, as the video size will be high and very high speed internet is required to transmit it.

Front camera's are specially made for this option only, so if mobile companies are selling their phone claiming 3G, 3G : why are they not offering front camera.

I also checked the middle range mobile phones (many high end mobiles as well) and they Do not have a front camera (be it HTC wildfire, HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy 3,5, LG Optimus, Spice Mi 300, Sony xperia x10 Mini).

So, if you are using a 3G phone with front camera, then please post your reviews. Have you tried making video calls using the primary camera ? Please let us know your feedback in the comment section. Lets discuss more about 3G Video Calling Mobile Phones.

madhur article :
 

+ comments + 47 comments

Ashwini Kumar
February 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM

(1) I am using Samsung GT-S5350 priced Rs.4900. Video call quality is very good, specially the front camera. My video during call sent is better than nokia C6 priced Rs. 13000, internal memory is 100mb. Back camera is 3.2MP. Result of back camera is verygood. this supports 3.5G (3G+)
(2) My nephew is using Samsung C5010 piced Rs.3300,front camera video recieved from this phone by me is very good. Back camera is 1.3 MP.this supports wcdma.

tqm
February 10, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Do we have such phones (front camera video calling over 3G network) with Android OS in India?

Avtar
February 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

i HAVE USED NOKIA C5 TO NOKIA N8 AND VICE VERSE. BOTH WORKING FINE FOR FRONT FACING CAMERAS.

aLSO I HAVE USED NOKIA N8 TO NOKIA ESERIES MOBILES WITHOUT FRONT FACING CAMERA.. IT WORKS AWESOME.

YOU CAN USE PRIMARY CAMERA, VIDEO CALLING WILL AUTOMATICALLY ADJUST THE VIDEO RESOLUTION AND SIZE..

Anonymous
February 14, 2011 at 10:12 PM

The reason why you don't see a front calling camera on an Android phone is that current version of Android OS doesn't support front camera calling. Otherwise, it's really cheap to put a front call camera. Imagine when a samsung phone for Rs 3200 can have it, why can't a Rs 10,000 droid have it. It's logical.

February 15, 2011 at 6:38 AM


@Anony :

Are you sure about info that Android OS does not support front camera calling because some android phones have front camera : Samsung Galaxy S.

Most new phones to be launched also have a front camera. Also if you check Fring, Skype sites they say that they support front camera calling!

But again I am not sure of the reason why high end phones are not having front camera.

Regards,
-- Madhur

Anonymous
February 22, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Hey madhur the standard andrioid versions 1 and 2(fryo) do not have vedio calling facility galexy s is offering a varient of android. even the new galaxy tab is using a varient (not the standard one) android 2.2

February 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM

What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!

Cheapest Mobile Phones

March 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM

hello friends..soon m gnna leave for my job training at mysore..i want to know of a phone model in india..using which along with a 3G connection i will b able tu video call my parents on my pc back home...
will the call charge will b deducted from my internet usage n phone and pc only ..or is there nethng apart from 3G internet charge that i nid tu ppay..like any special tarrif for video calling...can this feature be used tu make similar call abroad ..?

James
March 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Multiple cameras support was introduced only in Android 2.3 Platform. So latest phones will support front side camera and video calling. Some top-end old phones do have inbuilt front camera. They were added by the OEMs for future upgradation. Once the Android Gingerbread software update is available for these phones, you can use them for video calling.

Mahesh Mohan
March 24, 2011 at 5:50 AM

If android 2.3 suports video calling, is it possible to make video cals using back camera? Lik in the post it says bak end high resolution is hard to transmit.... I wud say, do u kno in our phone options v can choose between diff modes lik 8mp, 6mp ,2mp , qvga,vga!!! So v can use vga in 8mp camera... So I tink video calling is posible at vga mode of back end camera.... Am I rite?...
Ok so my question is wil android2.3 let dis option posible in phones without front facing camera? Iam using xperia x10i..with android 2.1.. If someday sony releases 2.3 I wil b lucky...or I may need to use custom 2.3 android. So wat u guys say nw?

Mahesh
March 24, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Also I want to kno if any guys already using custom2.3 on xperia x10?.... I want to kno android2.3 supports video calling on 3g network(without data plans) on phones without front facing camera..

April 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I'M SURE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE FRONT CAMERA FROM THE FORTH COMING ANDROID OS.WHICH IS 2.3 AND SAMSUNG GOING TO LUNCH FIRST IN INDIAN MARKET IN THEY'RE TAB,AND GALAXY MODELS....

April 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

in med of July'11 Samsung going to lunch s2 ... where will be 2 mega pixel front camera for video calling.and android 3.o....howwwws that but little too expensive i assume prise will be 32k

April 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

hi
good to see so many response
however very little data / facts except mr aswini kumar
so frnds lets here it again if people have started using video calling facility
regards
pabitra

April 26, 2011 at 11:49 PM

I bought K530i Sony Ericsson 3-4 years back, it is 3G enabled with front camera, though I have not tested it with video calling but I am sure it must be good. Now I am planning to buy a new one as this one is old now. Can anyone suggest a Nokia phone that has front camera?

May 5, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Hello frnds,
micromax A70 and Spice VI 270 both have front cameras. Also video call though internet is supported by yahoo messenger on android FROYO 2.2 and above. Gtalk video call is launched for gingerbread 2.3.4
Fring group video call can be used for upto 4 friends at one time on same screen. I talked with Fring Officials and they told me it works on android Eclair 2.1

Anonymous
May 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM

I used 3G Video call a Year back(when BSNL launched first) in my Nokia N70. In that time the Quality and clearance are Good, Call charges also reasonable.
Now I am using AirTel 3G, but never called anyone with Video. It is not working properly.
Planning to buy a Good 3G mobile with Front camera for Video call. If anyone using the same, suggest some good mobiles with below 15K

chubbs
May 17, 2011 at 3:24 AM

check out the nokia e63. it's got 3G video calling, obviously with a front cam, and is below 8k in most stores!

needed to know the actual speed difference between 3G and HSDPA for browsing etc...is it worth spending 8900 on the nokia e5 which has 10.2 HSDPA and 3G "data only"(can someone tell me what this means) or should i stick to the e63, which has 3G and 3G video calling, and costs approx 7900?

Anonymous
May 18, 2011 at 11:46 PM

hello friends... I'm using Samsung GT- b7610 Omnia pro.. bought it almost 15 months back.. i'm using airtel 3g. the quality of video calls is very good if u r in 3g network & its fun talking over video calls.... my phone has a 1.3mp VGA cam in front and it is always good to have lesser resolution cam in front as during video calls the image is very stable & real time....
Sumit

May 21, 2011 at 1:26 AM

will anyone plese help me dat which phone i take samsung wave 533 or samsung galaxy pop? and why?

Himanshu
May 30, 2011 at 3:26 AM

galaxy pop is a great phone but doesnt have front cam and dedicated cam key
otherwise great phone as it is android phone you can download any application u can think of and free mostly

June 25, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Sony ericsson hazel greenheart,sony ericsson j105i naite supports video call. Hazel is priced around 10000 and naite around 5000

Anonymous
June 27, 2011 at 6:01 AM

I would like to buy a android phone with front camera (Secondary) within the budget of Rs.11000. Off course it should be a branded phone like samsung, htc, LG etc.

Is there any upcoming phones that fulfill my requirement.

July 1, 2011 at 3:33 AM

I have searched a lot of android phones for 3g video calling around the range of 15K, but the cheapest I found currently is the Spice Mi410, costs about 13-14K in Bengaluru.

July 1, 2011 at 11:25 PM

i cannot find any price or availability info about SAMSUNG GT-S 5350 or SAMSUNG C5010 though i can find the phone specifications.i am from kolkata.so can anybody pleas help about it

Anonymous
July 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM

hey friends i wanna to buy a good looking 3G branded phone with video calling either touch or keypad.Budget shuld be near 6000rs.if it comes with good camera and flash will be prefered.plz help someone

Anonymous
July 14, 2011 at 3:02 AM

samsung duos b7722 is a best choice to buy a 3g mobiles.....it consist of videocall frontcamera,5mp camera with led flash(super quality),dual sim ....cost of 10000rs

July 31, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Nokia C2 mobile is the best option.

Sid
August 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

HEy.. is it possible to make video calls from primary camera.. yes.. then plz.. suggest me phones below 15k!

August 29, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Mobile phones are an indispensable part of the modern day life with each member having a mobile phone at his disposal. Mobiles India has been founded to let you do all your mobile shopping online and without any hassle. Thanks a lot.

September 8, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Hi friends I am using LG optimus me P350 android 2.2 foryo which don't. have front camera. can I use the back camera for video calling? If yes then suggest how I can do it. Is there any application? If yes then which application?

Anonymous
September 23, 2011 at 11:41 PM

i want a mobile for video calling with secondary camera. it must be from samsung or nokia within RS.9000. pls help me... it should give good music as well. and primary camera must be good enough.

September 25, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Hey guys, HTC is launching its HTC Rhyme at the end of this month with front camera for video calling, priced around rs. 10,000

sourav
September 26, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I'M USING NOKIA N95 8GB AND ITS VERY VERY GOOD FOR VIDEO CALLING.... STILL THINKING OF NO OTHER PHONES TILL MID 2012

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Anonymous
October 6, 2011 at 5:48 AM

[ Pankhuri said...
Hey guys, HTC is launching its HTC Rhyme at the end of this month with front camera for video calling, priced around rs. 10,000]

@pankhuri....Has HTC rhyme been launched in India ...what is the cost?

Anonymous
October 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Hey this is sameer,20 days back I bought samsung galaxy pop,and was not aware of its not secondry camera,after a long search I got to know that video calling would support through yahoo plugin,i downloaded,but could not succeeded in making video call,i m using idea net,help me out,reply soon,waiting.

Anonymous
October 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I bought phone launced by spice called MI-350 which has 3.2 rear and vga front camera for video calling and Android 2.3.3 with 650mhz +200mhz GPU all at Rs 8200 which very good price with all the above features.

sanjay
November 6, 2011 at 2:30 AM

Notice android 2.3 will support 3G video calling, not any previous version

If you want to have a entry level smart phone which have video calling facility and low cost then i think spice MI-350 is a good option

Anonymous
December 2, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Hi

Am using my Nokia 5320 Musix Xpress for more that 3 years for video calling. It has a secondary VGA camera. Its 3G as well. But its nor a smartphone. Its symbian.

Anonymous
December 13, 2011 at 4:35 AM

i want to buy a branded mobile with touch screen and video calling facility.please suggest me some.budget less than 10000

December 20, 2011 at 1:31 AM

I am having a samsung Omnia Pro GT-B7610 which having a front camera but still i don't know how to do video calling from my mobile to any pc or mobile. Can anybody guide me? What should i do for that?

January 12, 2012 at 4:13 AM

finde mobile price in india all mobile price in 2012 new price-brijesh-findmobilephoneandprices.blogspot.com
new 3g mobile price in India .

Shreya
February 15, 2012 at 5:57 AM

Yeah... high end phone and high end apps are here to stay in India.
i use a smart phone and have downloaded www.freephoo.com to make voip calls. I was not sure how it would work when i first chose, but its very easy and smooth. very classy app suitable for every1 and calls between users are free..

Anonymous
February 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM

i want to buy a samsung 3g mobile for video calling and my budget is 5k to 6k. pls suggest me.....

Anonymous
March 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I am using HTC Desire S from 7 months, it's awesome phone. Has all the stuffs one needs, this includes front facing camera. Frequently use it for Skype video calling.In brief it has Android version 2.3.+, Dual Cam (Front +Primary), 1GHZ processor, Wifi, Edge, GPRS, GPS, Touch,32 gb external memory,1 gb internal memory, 700+ RAM..etc. For detailed specs, refer any review site. Over all a heavy duty stuff!!!
Costs around 25K..in India.

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