T-Mobile announced Advanced Messaging today, built on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard. Moving forward, phones on the T-Mo network that have this feature enabled, which is doable on older phones via a software update, gain richer features through text messaging. For example, better group messaging with real-time chat, delivery and read receipts, plus the ability to share larger files.
Much like you see on 3rd-party apps and services from Facebook and Google, users can see when friends are replying to messages, making for a more personal messaging experience. Advanced Messaging will work across all devices (as long as they’re supported), OEMs, operating systems, and wireless operators.
T-Mobile also took this time to throw a light jab at the competition, stating, “For now, this is something you can only get at T-Mobile— though I expect our announcement will be a wake-up call for the old carriers to get moving with RCS, so customers can enjoy these next-gen services working across wireless providers.”
Right now, only the Galaxy Prime from Samsung has Advanced Messaging, but soon, the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 will also feature it. In the coming months, T-Mobile states nearly a dozen more devices will feature Advanced Messaging.
- Rich 1 on 1 and group messaging, including near real-time chat
- See when others are typing, when your message is delivered and even read
- Share high-res photos and videos up to 10 MB just as you would a regular text message
- And T-Mobile Advanced Messaging is built to work across all devices, makers and operating systems—and wireless operators.