In a blog post this morning, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray announced that the Uncarrier is now rolling out video calling capabilities to select smartphones on their network. While video calls are already available through any number of third-party apps, T-Mobile is offering the ability to start a video call directly from your phone’s dialer.
This service is currently rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 owners via a software update. Next week, owners of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge can expect a software update adding video calling features. T-Mobile hopes to add three more currently unspecified devices to their video calling stable by the end of the year.
When you want to make a video call using this feature, simply open your dialer as you normally would. Any of your contacts that have video calling enabled will have a small camera icon next to their name. Anyone without will simply have the camera icon greyed out. T-Mobile is even discussing video calling with other carriers to try and bring the fun to more people. No word on whether or not their attempts have been successful at this point.
Video calling will work on both LTE and WiFi, and calls will seamlessly switch between the two. Be warned, however, that calls made while on LTE will, of course, count towards your data allotment. If you start a video call and then move to an area where you do not have LTE or WiFi, the call will automatically switch to a voice call. Once you get back to the lands of stronger data signals you can easily switch back to video with a simple tap.
Tell us what you think! Are you interested in making video calls directly from your dialer? Are you already using a different app or service for video calls? Do you even care about making video calls? Let us know in the comments below or on your favorite social media site.Source: T-Mobile