Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Orange Launches joyn in France

Orange officially launched its joyn rich communications services in mainland France.

joyn enables Orange mobile customers equipped with a compatible phone to start a video chat, share pictures, or use instant messaging while calling. Joyn is currently available through the application "joyn by Orange," and will progressively be rolled out as an embedded app on smartphones sold by Orange.

The service is based on the GSMA's joyn standard.

Communications made or received are billed in line with the customer's mobile package and are free in Wi-Fi mode. When sharing photos or videos during a call, the call is billed independently of joyn, in line with the customer's mobile voice plan.

The "Contact et moi" application has been upgraded and renamed "joyn by Orange."  All of these functions will be available starting in October. iPhone users can already enjoy two-person chats and make video calls, while Android users can take part in multi-person chats, make video calls and share pictures during calls.  Mass market customers with an Orange package (excluding “mobicarte”) and a Sony Xperia Z, and HTC One or a Samsung Galaxy S4 can enjoy all of joyn's functions directly on their Orange smartphone, starting this summer.

joyn will be rolled out for most Android and Windows Phone devices in 2014.

  • In November 2012, Spain’s three leading mobile network operators, Movistar, Orange and Vodafone, are now offering interoperable Rich Communication Services (RCS) under the consumer-facing brand joyn.
    Movistar, Orange and Vodafone are initially offering joyn services through an application for Android, with a version for the iPhone to follow shortly. 
  • joyn is based on the GSMA's  RCS 5.0 standard, enabling mobile users  to chat and enrich messaging or voice calls by exchanging images or video simultaneously during calls, in a private and secure manner, with any member of their contact list that has joyn, regardless of the user’s network or mobile device. Additional services, such as VoIP or IP-video caling,l will be introduced in the near future.  joyn operates on both the operators’ mobile networks and on Wi-Fi networks.
  • Other operators who have launched joyn services include SK Tel,  Deutsche TelekomVodafone Germany, and MetroPCS.