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T-Mobile to Adopt GSMA Universal RCS Profile

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Mar 13, 2018, 2:19 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Mar 13, 2018, 7:54 PM

T-Mobile today said it plans to expand its support for Rich Communications Services during the second quarter of the year by adopting the GSMA Universal Profile. This will allow T-Mobile customers to take advantage of RCS-based features, such as video chat and large file transfers, with the native Android Messages texting app on their handset. The GSMA Universal Profile, for example, will let people send files as big as 100MB via messaging in addition to audio notes and more. T-Mobile is working with Google and other carriers around the world to ensure its RCS service is compatible with those used by competing networks, such as Sprint in the U.S., which adopted Google's RCS standard several years ago. This means people will be able to send rich messages to one another without downloading or installing a third-party messaging application, such as WhatsApp. T-Mobile said its customers can expect to see an update to the Android Messaging app arrive during the second quarter of the year. Moreover, the company intends to bring RCS Business Messaging to its network down the road. This will let businesses chat directly with customers for actions such as taking restaurant reservations or setting appointments. T-Mobile already offers RCS service to its own customers and has since 2015. AT&T and Verizon support their own RCS-like messaging services and have not announced plans to support the GSMA Universal Profile for RCS.

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andy2373

Mar 14, 2018, 12:14 PM

So...

Once again here in the US this is something that will only work on T-Mobile. And like their HD voice there is no interoperability between T-Mobile and other carriers here in the US.
Am I getting that right?
If Verizon and AT&T would actually jump on board with standards.. this would not be an issue.
 
 
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