T-Mobile has already introduced Voice over LTE and advanced messaging, and now the carrier is moving into video calling. Announced on Thursday, T-Mobile said its new feature “represents a huge step forward in how Americans make mobile phone calls.”
There are already a number of ways to video call with friends and family, including FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and many others, but T-Mobile feels its solution is better because it works right from your phone’s dialer—all you have to do is choose the video call button or traditional voice call button. That means you don’t have to find an app to download, configure it, and then start chatting with your friends. To be fair, it’s not like using video calling with other alternatives is difficult, but T-Mobile is touting the convenience of its feature.
T-Mobile says the new feature works with “capable devices,” so not everyone subscribed to the carrier can take part. In that respect, you’re better off going with something like Facebook Messenger, which is accessible to everyone. As of now, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 support T-Mobile Video Calling, while the S6 and S6 Edge will get the feature shortly. More Video Calling-enabled devices will be available toward the end of the year, T-Mobile said.
Video Calling should be available through software updates.