According to TinyComb’s Jason Wilk, a Research in Motion Executive, that Fortune Brainstorm even in Pasadena, CA last week, confirmed that a device with a front facing video camera for video conferencing will be added to the BlackBerry line-up of devices early next year.
I asked him what RIM planned to do if the iPhone were to have upgraded their hardware to include a front-facing camera. His response was “as I said before, we are fortunate to have our relationships with many different carriers, some of which can handle something like live video-conferencing”. In other words, he and his team weren’t worried about the iPhone launching front-facing video-chat so long as they are with AT&T. The last thing he said to me was “video conferencing is something that could completely change the mobile landscape and it is something we have been thinking about and working on for quite some time. You will start seeing something early next year”.