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T-Mobile Launches Video Calling As Part Of A Push To Roll Out Its Own New Features


Starting Thursday, T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE: TMUS) customers can now place video calls through select handset devices.

T-Mobile's customers equipped with a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+ can make use of T-Mobile Video Calling, a VoLTE-powered feature, according to a company released blog post.

The blog, written by T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray, stated that there is no need to "search out, download, configure and register additional apps" for the new service. He acknowledged that while apps already exist that can facilitate voice calling, T-Mobile Video Calling represents a "huge step forward" in how customers make mobile phone calls.

"You can make T-Mobile Video Calls to and from capable devices on any available LTE connection − using data straight from your high-speed data bucket − as well as over Wi-Fi. Like HD Voice calls, T-Mobile Video Calling moves seamlessly between LTE and Wi-Fi," the blog stated. "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."

The blog also noted that the company was the "first and only" provider in the US to offer Advanced Messaging, upgrading regular SMS with real-time chat and the ability to share photos and videos up to 10MB "right out of the box."

"It's all part of our total commitment to delivering a next-gen wireless experience to a new generation of wireless customers," the blog concluded.

Commenting on the new service, Jacob Demmitt of GeekWire said in a blog post: "Built-in video calling is nothing revolutionary, but it's the latest example of T-Mobile's push to roll out its own new smartphone features, instead of leaving that to hardware and app makers."


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