RCS messaging is slowly starting to become more widely available, and today T-Mobile announced that its customers will be able to use it with others around the world.
One of the main issues with RCS messaging has been that it only works with those on the same network or those on a RCS network. Which is pretty tough to find, especially when you look outside of the US. Google has only just started expanding it to other countries. But T-Mobile is making it possible to use RCS with anyone using a RCS capable smartphone.
How exactly does this RCS messaging thing with other networks work?
Well, T-Mobile announced today that it is the first carrier to implement a full standards-based RCS Universal Profile 1.0 interconnect with Google's Messages Service.
Basically, what that means is that T-Mobile Android users will be able to get RCS with Android users on other networks too.
T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer, Abdul Saad stated that "there's never been a more important time to stay in touch with friends and family and enabling cross-network RCS messaging with Google is one way we can give T-Mobile customers a better experience to do just that." Saad also noted that T-Mobils was the "first in the US to bring RCS messaging to customers in 2015, and will continue to innovate in this space. T-Mobile's RCS customer base is among the largest in the world, and we won't stop bringing customers even better ways to connect."
And currently, this is really the only way to connect with friends and family, since we are all forced to stay at home still. T-Mobile says it has seen a big uptick in RCS messaging in the past few months. With over 700 million RCS messages sent per day, on average.
What is RCS?
What exactly is RCS? Well, RCS stands for Rich Communication Services. It is a big upgrade to the traditional texting, that has been around for decades, and largely has been unchanged, while the way we connect has changed a lot.
With RCS, you'll be able to send full resolution pictures, videos, and much more. Instead of them getting scaled down and looking pretty terrible – kinda like uploading to Facebook. You also get to see when someone is typing, when someone has read your response and is just ignoring you, and much more. It's basically Google's alternative to iMessage. Which is really only available on Android right now, but it will come to iPhone – as long as Apple plays nice with Google, and vice versa.