T-Mobile announced that its customers using Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+ can use the carrier’s own video calling facility to make and receive video calls. The carrier further added that they’ll be able to do so without downloading third party calling apps. With the help of an app natively available on these handsets and only limited to T-Mobile customers, they can make and accept video calls.
In a blog post announcing the feature, T-Mobile’s chief technology officer Neville Ray explained that a small camera icon pops-up next to contacts on devices with compatible with T-Mobile Video Calling. “If the person you are calling can’t take video calls, the video call icon is greyed out,” he added.
He further admits to the fact that there is already a plethora of apps designed for video calls, though he believes that T-Mobile Video Calling is quite different. As its new Video Calling feature allows customers to make video calls using a Wi-Fi connection and 4G LTE networks, thereby giving users the option to make high-speed video calls.
T-Mobile introduced a similar feature last month when it rolled out Advanced Messaging, which makes text messaging similar to what third party instant messaging apps offer in terms of features.
At a time when giants like Facebook, Skype and Snapchat coming up with nifty little communication features and functions, US wireless network operators are working on advancing in the native messaging and calling features, that comes pre-built with most phones, according T-Mobile spokeswoman Stephanie Hanschka.
The new video calling feature will be rolled out on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 by next week. The carrier also says that the new natively built Video Calling feature will also be coming to other devices soon.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile hopes that the feature makes its way to iPhone as well, though it’ll depend on how interested Apple will be to incorporate these features.