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19th Feb '17 10:09:38 AM MCanter89
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[[caption-width-right:324:It's the wave of the future, but it's a shame [[{{Zeerust}} we couldn't find ways to improve those rotary dials or black-and-white cathode ray display.]]]]

->''It was a perennial technology of the future... But then out of nowhere the videophone was suddenly just here."

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[[caption-width-right:324:It's the wave of the future, but it's a shame [[{{Zeerust}} we couldn't find ways to improve those rotary dials or black-and-white cathode ray display.]]]]

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Their main relation to {{Zeerust}} is in a meta reasoning - twenty years ago when somebody wrote the movie, a video-phone even in the future would be considered an impossible pinnacle of technology but in fact has become common in its use.

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Their main relation to {{Zeerust}} is in a meta reasoning - twenty reasoning--twenty years ago when somebody wrote the movie, a video-phone even in the future would be considered an impossible pinnacle of technology but in fact has become common in its use.



'''''Note:''' Given this trope's increased existence in RealLife, please refrain from listing work examples that use existing technologies in contemporary, early 21st century settings. If a work example of a Video Phone is based on an existing consumer product, please only list the product as a RealLife example, if it's not listed there already.''

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'''''Note:''' Given this trope's increased existence in RealLife, please refrain from listing work examples that use existing technologies in contemporary, early 21st century early-21st-century settings. If a work example of a Video Phone is based on an existing consumer product, please only list the product as a RealLife real-life example, if it's not listed there already.''



* ''JohnnyMnemonic'' opens with the main character making a call on a video phone that also doubles as a television and an alarm clock, all of which can be operated by remote control. Another such phone shows up in the back of a future taxi cab, and the Street Preacher has one hidden in his [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] (or whatever Holy Book equivalent he has). Video phone screens are also branded with [[ProductPlacement AT&T's company logo]], AT&T having tried to develop such technology since the 1960's.

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* ''JohnnyMnemonic'' opens with the main character making a call on a video phone that also doubles as a television and an alarm clock, all of which can be operated by remote control. Another such phone shows up in the back of a future taxi cab, and the Street Preacher has one hidden in his [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] (or whatever Holy Book equivalent he has). Video phone screens are also branded with [[ProductPlacement AT&T's company logo]], AT&T having tried to develop such technology since the 1960's.1960s.



* These are used in the original ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]'' a lot. In the movie, talking to someone on Mars was as easy as phoning them up on Earth. In fact, Cohaagen (when on Mars) uses his vid phone to call Richter (on Earth) without any technical difficulties. Until Richter pulls the FakeStatic trick, blaming sunspot interference.

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* These are used in the original ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]'' ''{{Film/Total Recall|1990}}'' a lot. In the movie, talking to someone on Mars was as easy as phoning them up on Earth. In fact, Cohaagen (when on Mars) uses his vid phone to call Richter (on Earth) without any technical difficulties. Until Richter pulls the FakeStatic trick, blaming sunspot interference.



--> "Hey! Get back to work!"

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--> "Hey! -->"Hey! Get back to work!"



* ''StarWars'' have holo graphic technology that transmit a full body image of who's talking.

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* ''StarWars'' have holo graphic holographic technology that transmit a full body image of who's talking.



* Pretty much every smartphone allows for two people with the phone to engage face-to-face calls, incorporating both the device's camera and speaker phone capabilities. Interoperability, however, is another matter[[note]]Video calling outside of home operators is a hit-or-miss affair, as some operators do not allow video calls to leave their home network. Also, while most cellphones adhere by the ITU 3G video call specification, Apple chose to implement their own Facetime system on the iPhone instead, meaning that an iPhone can ''never'' accept video calls from 3G video-compliant phones, nor can it place direct video calls to 3G video-compliant phones. This is made even worse since 2010 as newer smartphones made since then chose to eschew the ITU 3G video call specification in favor of letting the user choose a video call app, which means that there is technically no interoperability and a user may need to have several video call apps just to contact all of his[=/=]her friends.[[/note]].

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* Pretty much every smartphone allows for two people with the phone to engage face-to-face calls, incorporating both the device's camera and speaker phone speakerphone capabilities. Interoperability, however, is another matter[[note]]Video calling outside of home operators is a hit-or-miss affair, as some operators do not allow video calls to leave their home network. Also, while most cellphones adhere by the ITU 3G video call specification, Apple chose to implement their own Facetime system on the iPhone instead, meaning that an iPhone can ''never'' accept video calls from 3G video-compliant phones, nor can it place direct video calls to 3G video-compliant phones. This is made even worse since 2010 as newer smartphones made since then chose to eschew the ITU 3G video call specification in favor of letting the user choose a video call app, which means that there is technically no interoperability and a user may need to have several video call apps just to contact all of his[=/=]her friends.[[/note]].



27th Jan '17 9:55:39 PM FordPrefect
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* Business video conferencing systems, that record video and sound of an entire meeting room and project it on a big screen to allow people at other locations to join in.

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* Business video conferencing systems, that which record video and sound of an entire meeting room and project it on a big screen to allow people at other locations to join in.
19th Jan '17 5:09:53 PM Sark0TAG
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* In ''VideoGame/TheDayTheWorldBroke'', this is your means of contact with Julius and Bud while inside the Earth's core.
8th Jan '17 3:02:47 PM VicGeorge2011
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* A WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck comic book story had Donald and Daisy in the late 20th century trying out a video phone invented by Gyro Gearloose. One of the things Donald discovered while using the phone was that [[CovertPervert he could spy on Daisy putting on her makeup and doing her morning exercises without her knowing about it]].

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* A WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck comic book story had Donald and Daisy in the late 20th century trying out a video phone invented by Gyro Gearloose. One of the things Donald discovered while using the phone was that [[CovertPervert he could spy on Daisy putting on her makeup and doing her morning exercises without her knowing about it]]. That, and the expense of using such a phone, were among the reasons that Donald and Daisy gave up on using it.
8th Jan '17 11:35:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}}'' takes it to the next stage with the holo-phone. The first issue of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'' opens with Miguel checking his messages:

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* ''Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}}'' ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' takes it to the next stage with the holo-phone. The first issue of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'' opens with Miguel checking his messages:
25th Nov '16 11:08:11 AM nombretomado
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* AustinPowers has one in his car. Very helpful for [[MisterExposition Basil Exposition]] to talk to him.

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* AustinPowers Film/AustinPowers has one in his car. Very helpful for [[MisterExposition Basil Exposition]] to talk to him.
9th Nov '16 11:34:45 AM nombretomado
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* Frequently seen in ''TheJetsons'', fitting the show's RaygunGothic aesthetic. The drawbacks are sometimes used for laughs such as the women have morning masks which are supposed to be quickly put on in case of calls coming in before they have made themselves up.

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* Frequently seen in ''TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', fitting the show's RaygunGothic aesthetic. The drawbacks are sometimes used for laughs such as the women have morning masks which are supposed to be quickly put on in case of calls coming in before they have made themselves up.
8th Nov '16 10:36:06 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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->''It was a perennial technology of the future...But then out of nowhere the videophone was suddenly just here."

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->''It was a perennial technology of the future... But then out of nowhere the videophone was suddenly just here."
17th Oct '16 6:26:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''MadMagazine'' once did an article showing pulldown backdrops - a glamorous resort one at a fleabag motel to con clients, a sickroom backdrop at the ballpark for calling your boss, an office one at the bar for calling your wife, and so on...

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* ''MadMagazine'' ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' once did an article showing pulldown backdrops - a glamorous resort one at a fleabag motel to con clients, a sickroom backdrop at the ballpark for calling your boss, an office one at the bar for calling your wife, and so on...
1st Sep '16 6:28:28 AM LondonKdS
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* These were one of the few indications that most of the Jon Pertwee ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories were meant to be TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.

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* These were one of the few indications that most of the Jon Pertwee early-1970s ''Series/DoctorWho'' UNIT stories were meant to be TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
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