T-Mobile now supports NextGen, this is a new messaging standard which will make traditional texting seem a bit more like chatting in a more modern messaging app.
T-Mobile is one of the first cell phone carriers to support the Rich Communications Services (RCS) Universal profile.
RCS is a communication protocol between cell phone carriers and cell phones which is supposed to replace SMS messaging with a much more robust text messaging system which will provide phonebook polling and transmit in-call multimedia.
The first two phones that will support RCS Universal on the T-Mobile network are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, more Android devices will be supported as the year progresses.
There are quite a few different things which will determine how and when everyone will get the opportunity to use this new feature. However, this is a step forward because this app will provide a better user experience while texting on an Android phone.
T-Mobile has been supporting RCS messaging for the past three years but it was only allowed between T-Mobile customers.
However, they have just adopted the RCS Universal. If everything goes according to plan, RCS messaging will work between supported phones among all major carriers, rather than just within the same carrier.
T-Mobile has stated that every Android phone they sell supports RCS messaging. So many of the relatively new T-Mobile phones that have been released prior to this will get updates to support the RCS Universal.
It’s safe to assume that all new Android phones in the near future will support it out of the box. The only other major carrier supporting Universal RCS at the moment is Sprint.
So until other carriers start supporting RCS Universal, it’s only T-Mobile and Sprint customers who will have supported phones which will allow them to use this feature.
Smartphone users who would like to use this feature must use the correct texting app. The correct app is the default texting app which is pre-installed on the phone.
The iPhone does not support RCS at the moment but this will probably change in the near future.
T-Mobile stated that they would start rolling out the Universal RCS this quarter. At the moment, it’s unclear how long the rollout will continue or how many additional phones will be supported while the rollout is taking place.
AT&T and Verizon have agreed to support Universal RCS standard. However, it’s still unclear as to when they will support it.
This means that the majority of wireless customers in the U.S. will have to wait a bit longer before they can use this feature.
Google has shown interest in RCS, Google believes that more carriers will support RCS from 2018 into 2019. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.