My family and I had the pleasure of being contacted by AT&T to demo their new product. You see, they thought we would appreciate Video Share as a great way for families (like us) to show and share moments we never thought would be possible over the phone.
Aaaaand, you know what?
They were right!
AT&T sent us 4 phones (pictured above) very slim looking Samsung Sliders (way cooler than my clunky flip phone, btw) which my husband, two oldest daughters and I held onto, tightly (especially the girls) for 60 days.
The key feature that impressed me is that their service allows you to share events of your life with family and friends, as it happens:
Video Share enables one-way, live streaming video feeds that can be seen by both users during a two-way conversation. Beginning with a normal wireless phone call, customers can hit one button to add a live video stream. Once a Video Share call has been initiated, the service allows customers to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call.
We were sick (on and off) around the holidays (I know, act surprised anyway) so, my husband took the kids over to my in-laws on Christmas Eve, while I stayed home and helped Santa with some last-minute wrapping.
This is the video Thing Two sent (she's 12) to cheer me up - okay, it may NOT be Oscar material - funny though, it really did make me feel a little less, you know, cruddy.
We also took Video Share to the mall - because, that's what you do around Christmastime here in Jersey - and we managed to cut our window shopping time in half!
Currently, these phones have Video Share:
- Samsung SLM
- Samsung Blackjack II
- LG Shine
- Samsung A737
- LG CU515
- SYNC by Samsung (A707)
- Samsung A717
- Samsung A727
- LG Trax
- LG CU500v
We were sent the Samsung A737 (pictured at the top of this post) and the easy-to-use camera features simply blew us away.
Believe it or not, one of my favorite pictures of the Old Man (above) was taken with the phone's camera and the kids had a blast adding graphics to their photos.
Like, putting a pair of glasses on Santa's favorite Christmas mug.
I'm always embedding photos into blog posts - because, it's nice to share - so, I appreciated being able to actually manipulate the photos, before sending them, using the cell phone's edit capabilities!
My kids text messaging me every 5 minutes, not so much.
In nearly two months, we managed to capture 2 birthdays, 4 holidays, 6 school events, both International Dinners for girl scouts, a couple of sleep-overs and numerous car trips.
It seems that cell phone use has just evolved - it's managed to become an important part of our everyday life, anyway - overall, Video Share is a great way to keep in touch and I found it's usability and service to be very family-friendly.
[Video Share packages start at $4.99 – and only the sender is billed Video Share minutes, receiving is free!]
Find It Here: AT&T Video Share
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