Telecommunications: Reach Out and See Someone

Reach Out and See Someone

If AT&T has its way, the term blind date may end up an anachronism. This week the communications giant is scheduled to unveil its VideoPhone 2500, a compact telephone with color screen and camera lens that allows callers to get an up- close-and-personal look at each other while they're conversing. Although video telephone conferencing systems have become almost standard equipment in the world of business, they come with a $25,000 price tag and require special operating networks. AT&T's home phone is expected to cost $1,500, and will plug into a standard telephone outlet.

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