History of Video Calls: From Fantasy to Flops to Facetime

A visual history of the science and sci-fi of phone calls you can see. (And, no, it didn't start with The Jetsons.)

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The Picturephone II

Public polls after the first Picturephone launch revealed that consumers weren't thrilled with AT&T's offering for a number of reasons. It was too expensive, the controls were too difficult to operate, the screen was too small, and people just didn't like being observed over the phone. Never content to admit defeat, AT&T tried again in 1970 with the Picturephone II, seen here, which entered commercial service in Pittsburgh. It didn't last long, however, and AT&T went back to the drawing board.

Photos: AT&T

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