T-Mobile Launches Video Calling Feature on Pair of Samsung Smartphones
The feature works now with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 smartphones, but it will be added to others by the end of the year.T-Mobile has launched a new video calling feature for users of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 smartphones that will let them make video calls without having to download or install any apps. T-Mobile Video Calling was unveiled Sept. 3 in a post by T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray on the company's blog. "Place and receive calls as you normally would—simply choose either the video call button or voice call button," wrote Ray. "Really. It's that easy." Incorporating video calling into the phones without the need for a separate app simplifies such calls for users and makes the process seamless by allowing users to make calls using their smartphone's normal keypad, he wrote. "T-Mobile Video Calling represents a huge step forward in how Americans make mobile phone calls."
When using T-Mobile Video Calling, small camera icons appear next to the names of contacts who are using devices that are able to receive video calls, he wrote. "If the person you're calling can't take video calls, the video call icon is greyed out. We're working with others so you can eventually enjoy built-in video calling across wireless networks," Ray said.
The video calls can be made to and from capable devices on any available LTE connection and will use data from the user's high-speed data allocations and can also be placed over WiFi networks. "Like HD Voice calls, T-Mobile Video Calling moves seamlessly between LTE and Wi-Fi," he wrote. "And, if you move off LTE or Wi-Fi to a slower connection, your video call seamlessly switches over to a voice call. If you move back to LTE or Wi-Fi, switch it back to video with a single tap."