T-Mobile Announces Native Video Calling Service
T-Mobile today announced T-Mobile Video Calling, a service that works with the native phone dialer of select handsets without requiring special apps. Like VoLTE and HD Voice, T-Mobile Video Calling can move easily between LTE and WiFi with no dropped video. Video calls will be converted to voice calls, however, if one or both parties moves away from LTE or WiFi coverage. Video calls do count against monthly data buckets. T-Mobile subscribers will be able to see which of their contacts are available for video calls thanks to new icons being added directly to the contact application. The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are the first two handsets capable of making native T-Mobile Video Calls thanks to an update being disseminated this week. T-Mobile plans to add the feature to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge next week, and to three other unnamed handsets later this year. T-Mobile said it is working with competing carriers to enable the feature across networks.
Verizon Brings WiFi Calling to iPhone Via Message+ App
Verizon Wireless updated its Verizon Message+ app for iPhones, adding the ability to make phone calls over WiFi. In order for WiFi calling to work, Verizon iPhone owners will need to switch on the advanced calling function of their phone.
Google Merging Video Call Tool Into Phone Dialer
Google today said it is taking steps to ease the process of making video calls between Android handsets. Starting with Nexus, Pixel, and Android One devices, users will be able to initiate video calls directly from the phone dialer or text messaging app.
WhatsApp Says What's Up to Global Video Chats
WhatsApp today announced that it is enabling video calls for all users around the world. Video calling is being added to the Android, iOS, and Windows phone mobile apps over the coming days.
AT&T iPhone Owners Can Now Use WiFi Calling
AT&T today enabled WiFi calling on the iPhone. iPhone owners who've updated to iOS 9 can make and receive voice calls via WiFi rather than cellular networks.
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