This morning, T-Mobile announced Video Calling for select handsets when on LTE connections. T-Mobile Video Calling joins the Uncarrier’s movement towards deploying every next-gen calling feature they can, like VoLTE and their new Advanced Messaging.
With T-Mobile Video Calling, you don’t need to install an app or configure anything, as the service is built-in to your phone’s stock dialer. Think of it like Verizon’s Advanced Calling 1.0, that takes over your dialer and contacts, showing you when you can and can’t place video calls to people. If you can place or a receive a video call to/from someone, you will see options with a video icon (see image above – greyed out icon means not available).
The new Video Calling feature currently only works between T-Mobile customers, but they claim to be working with others to make it possible across wireless networks. Good luck with that, Legere! All of those friends of yours in the industry at other carriers…
I should also point out that Video Calling on T-Mobile does use your high-speed data allotment for the month unless you are on WiFi. Yes, I said does there. Hopefully, you don’t plan to use these often, as I can’t imagine these being light on the data usage.
For now, thanks to software updates rolling out today, the Galaxy Note 5 (N920TUVU1BOH4) and Galaxy S6 Edge+ (G928TUVU1BOH4) are the only devices that can take advantage of T-Mobile Video Calling. The Galaxy S6 and regular Galaxy S6 Edge will get updates next week enabling the feature. By the end of the year, T-Mobile will add an additional three devices to the crew.
Notes for each phone’s update can be found at links below.