Bell today announced Video Calling, a new service that lets subscribers on its new HSPA network make and take phone-to-phone video calls with other Bell Mobility customers.

To use video calling, both callers will need to subscribe to the $5 a month service and to have one of two new video calling enabled phones, the LG Xenon or Samsung Omnia II, sold by Bell.



Subscribers will also be able to receive video calls through a new mobile video service built on the Facebook Platform. Calls made using the online Facebook application can originate from any computer with a web cam around the world without incurring long distance or usage charges. Users can download the free "Bell Video Call" application on Facebook. Once installed, users decide which friends can see the Bell Video Call application on their profile. Once installed, friends with access to the video calling application will be able to visit the client's profile page and click on the Bell Video Call tab to start a video call.
LG Xenon

To coincide with the arrival of the video calling service, Bell also announced the launch of the LG Xenon HSPA touchscreen smartphone. The second video calling enabled smartphone, the Samsung Omnia II was announced last week .

The LG Xenon comes equipped with a 2.8" touchscreen display and a customizable user interface that allows for three distinct home screens. Other features include a a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with camcorder, radio, speakerphone, integrated media player, HTML web browsing and memory expandable up to 16 gigabytes.

The LG Xenon comes in purple and black and is available nationally for $290 without a contract.