For T-Mobile Video Chat, Qik Is the Man Behind the Green Curtain


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When it comes to dominant video chat platforms outside of Apple’s FaceTime, only a few big names are brought into the fold. Perhaps the most popular for Android devices would be Qik, an app that gained a huge boost in popularity after it was included as the video calling service in the HTC EVO 4G. Now Qik is getting its rounds as the base from which T-Mobile’s new integrated video calling service is built.

In this instance, Qik is directly integrated into the phone’s address book, including indicators of whether a person is available for video chat or not. T-Mobile Video Chat allows for both two-way video calling and the ability to leave video messages. Read the full press release below for all the details:

T-Mobile and Qik Launch Breakthrough Mobile Video Chat Service

First to Offer Native Android Address Book Integration with Video Chat including Presence, and Industry-Leading Performance through Deep Hardware Integration

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Qik and T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced details of the next generation live video communications, sharing and messaging service to be available to consumers across with the U.S. through the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® myTouch® 4G. The integrated T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik will be the first to offer integration into the native Android™ address book with the benefit of indicating live presence allowing customers to connect with friends and family through live video conversations and video messaging over T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi.

The deployment of new higher speed networks, like T-Mobile’s 4G mobile broadband network, together with the introduction of devices like the new T-Mobile myTouch with 1GHz CPU and 720p video capability, now makes possible a new social video experience providing consumers with new ways to communicate and share using video with their friends, family, and through social networks.

T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik offers dramatically improved video quality and frame rates compared to other video calling solutions on the marketplace through deep hardware integration. Further, this is the first video communications service that is integrated directly into the native Android address book including live presence indication. From the device address book, users can view if their contacts are available to engage in a live video session, and can directly initiate a session from the native device user interface.

Unlike existing video calling solutions, T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik allows users not only to conduct live two-way video conversations from their mobile device, but also allows users to leave video messages. Similar to leaving a voice message when a recipient is not available for a voice call, users are demanding the ability to leave video messages when they attempt to share an irreproducible moment with their friend or family member.

The service also allows friends and family members to receive video messages on over 200 supported phone models, and also allows users to share moments through social networks, to stream live to the web, and to archive their important memories through a dedicated video management site at

“Qik is proud to bring this game-changing new service to market specifically for T-Mobile customers,” said Vijay Tella, CEO of Qik. “We have answered the need for both live and asynchronous capabilities, which is the hallmark of any complete consumer video communications service, and we have done it at a level of quality and performance that simply needs to be experienced to believe.”

“T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik is the ideal showcase for the capabilities of our network and is an example of our focus on providing innovative new solutions to enrich the lives of our customers,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA.

More information on Qik can be found at or For press inquiries please email [email protected] or call +1-650-279-8619.

Customers can visit for more information about the myTouch family of smartphones including the myTouch 4G.

T-Mobile and the magenta color are registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG. myTouch is a registered trademarks. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.


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  1. Tango > Qik

  2. I def agreed with Daniel

  3. @Daniel
    Thanks for that recommendation. I was never a fan of Qik or Fring, both are lacking in different areas. I just downloaded Tango 30 minutes ago and tested it on my EVO to my wife’s EVO, and it is, by far, the best video chat app I’ve used. And just in time, as I’ll be going out of town on business in a week, and will be using this to chat with my kids and wife. Thanks again, Daniel.

  4. I love T-Mobile and HSPA+!!!

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