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T-Mobile lets you dial up a video chat just like a regular call

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
September 3, 2015
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T-Mobile has launched a video calling feature that you can access straight from your smartphone's stock phone dialer. With T-Mobile Video Calling, "there's no need to search out, download, configure and register additional apps," said CTO Neville Ray. It seamlessly switches between LTE and WiFi and automatically drops to voice-only when bandwidth is low, switching back if you get a better connection. There's a serious catch, though: It only works on Samsung's brand new Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 phones now, with support for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge coming next week.

Contacts who can receive your video calls will get a camera icon next to them. On top of the hardware restrictions, video calling is limited to fellow T-Mobile clients, though team Magenta said it's "working with others so you can eventually enjoy built-in video calling across wireless networks." That means for now, you can't place a video call to Verizon users, even though that network has had its own video calling service for nearly a year. T-Mobile said the service will work on three additional handsets by the end of the year, though it didn't specify which.

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