ATLANTA, GA– November 23, 2015– AT&T Mobility is launching native Advanced Messaging and Video Call capabilities on its network using Rich Communication Services (RCS). With Advanced Messaging, customers can send larger files (up to 10 MB) by text and can know when messages are delivered, read and when the other person is typing their reply. To use this service, both the customer and the person they are messaging must be AT&T postpaid wireless customers with capable devices and within AT&T’s coverage area. Currently, the service is available on the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini and Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. With Advanced Messaging, customers’ wireless rate plan’s SMS and MMS rates apply but each text or file is counted and billed separately.
With AT&T Video Call, customers can make and receive HD Voice calls combined with real-time video. To use Video Call, the customer and the person they are calling will need to be AT&T postpaid wireless customers in an AT&T HD Voice coverage area and have a Video Call-capable device. AT&T is launching Video Call on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active and will be expanding it to other devices soon. Customers can switch between an HD Voice call and a Video Call from the call screen, and even add another person to the video call. Video Calls use both voice and data, which is billed separately under existing wireless rate plans. To start a Video Call, customers need to be connected to the AT&T mobile network in an AT&T HD Voice coverage area. Both Advanced Messaging and Video Call will be available via a software update and customers will receive a notification to download the update on their device.
The news comes just weeks after the company announced the 2016 expected rollout of AT&T NumberSync, which allows customers to use their mobile number for their wearable devices. The company plans to initially release that feature for Samsung Gear S2 and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
The company also launched Wi-Fi calling services, after receiving an expedited waiver from the Federal Communications Commission that allowed it to run the service last month.