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AT&T Launches Video Calling

AT&T joined T-Mobile in launching advanced messaging service and video calling as part of its rollout of LTE Rich Communications Services (RCS). AT&T’s services, however, are available only through a very small selection of phones so far, and video calling is available only in 30 states and Washington D.C. Users must also be AT&T postpaid customers.

With advanced messaging, subscribers can attach 10MB files to a text message instead of using a thirdparty messaging app. Senders know when the message has been delivered, read and when the recipient is typing a reply.

ZTE Grows Unlocked Selection

ZTE expanded its selection of unlocked smartphones with an unlocked version of the ZMax2, which is also available from AT&T for its Go Phone prepaid service.

The LTE-equipped Android 5.1 phone, priced for a limited time at $129 instead of a regular $179, joins three higher-tier Axon series unlocked phones, launched this year, at $279, $329 and $349.

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