AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon team up to push next-gen RCS texting2019-10-25 19:16 by Daniela
Tags: RCS, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon
All four major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — have just announced that they're joining forces to deliver RCS messaging in the US for Android smartphones in 2020.
The new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, or CCMI, expects to develop and deploy Rich Communications Service-based interoperable messaging starting with Android, and beginning next year.
The companies haven't spoken in depth about their plans yet, but it seems like CCMI is meant to replace SMS. CCMI will be built on the Rich Communications Service standard. RCS messages will look a lot like instant messages (IM) we now send and receive on services such as Apple's iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. This includes group chats, video and audio messaging, high-resolution images, read receipts, and real-time indicators for when someone is replying to your message.
"People love text messaging for a reason. Texting is trusted, reliable and readily available—which is why we're using it to build the foundation of a simple, immersive messaging experience," said David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility. "This service will power new and innovative ways for customers to engage with each other and their favorite brands."
The CCMI will also work with other companies interested in RCS to make sure their clients are interoperable as well — notably Samsung and Google. That should mean that people who prefer Android Messages will be able to use that instead, but it sounds like there may be technical details to work out to make that happen.
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