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This article was published on September 3, 2015

T-Mobile introduces native video calling to take on Skype and FaceTime

T-Mobile introduces native video calling to take on Skype and FaceTime
Natt Garun
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T-Mobile today announced that it will now offer free video calls with its Uncarrier service. Compatible phones at launch include the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+.

T-Mobile Video Calling is similar to what Google Hangouts offer – select a contact and just simply press the camera icon to make a video call instead of voice. T-Mobile says the HD video service runs on its LTE network, but can switch over to Wi-Fi whenever available or revert to regular voice calls if the connection is too low.

By building the service natively on phones, T-Mobile takes on OTT (over-the-top) services like Skype, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger and Apple’s FaceTime. The only caveat? Both parties making the video call must have T-Mobile Video Calling enabled on their phones, which limits the service to just a handful of early adopters at launch.

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the next devices to receive this update next week. The company says a total of seven devices will be video call-enabled by the end of the year, but did not specify which.

 Announcing T-Mobile Video Calling [T-Mobile]