RCS Messaging is hard to come by, even in 2018. This is because of all the fragmentation that exists with cell carriers, apps, devices etc. One US carrier, though, is looking to pave the way for others in leading the “Messaging Evolution.” That carrier is T-Mobile, who recently announced that RCS support is coming in Q2 of 2018.
RCS, or rich communication services, is a solution that may eventually solve messaging fragmentation. Google explored the technology and has been trying to solve the problem with RCS Universal Profile, which is a global advanced messaging standard. However, in the US, few carriers are yet to support it, which ruins the idea of having a standard.
After many months of delay in preparing its cellular network, T-Mobile, as of March 13, announced support for RCS Universal Profile. While this is great news, T-Mobile customers will have to wait until some point during Q2 of 2018 before RCS Messaging actually starts working. Even then, it won’t be so great until other US carriers add support.
T-Mobile says that customers will receive a software update enabling support for RCS. Hopefully, this means more than just a few Android devices will have it. T-Mobile’s announcement is a sign of relief, but consumers in the US will still need other major players like Verizon to hop on RCS Universal Profile in order to make messaging great everywhere, for everyone. If you want this to happen badly like I do, get on the phone and convince other carriers to start supporting it!