T-Mobile adds universal support for RCS' next generation of texting to the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge

T-Mobile adds universal support for RCS' next generation of texting to the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge
Until now, Sprint was the only U.S. carrier that had universal support for RCS' next generation text messaging, thanks to Google Jibe. That means that Sprint alone allowed its subscribers to use the latest in texting technology for inter-carrier messaging. While T-Mobile allowed its subscribers to text among each other with the latest technology, a tweet from the carrier's CTO, Neville Ray, says that T-Mobile has started rolling out GSMA Universal Profile 1.0. The update will allow T-Mobile subscribers to participate in group chats of up to 100 people, and allows transfers of files up to 100MB in size via a text.

There is just one huge thing we need to tell you. At this moment, the update is available only for T-Mobile subscribers toting the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The GSMA Universal Profile 1.0 next-gen texting technology was included in the phones recent update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Ray says that T-Mobile plans on pushing out the update to more devices "over time."

Some on Twitter wanted to know when the Google Pixel handsets might receive the update. Ray responded by tweeting, "We’ve connected with Google and we’ll interconnect our solutions as soon as Google is ready. It’ll happen, but no ETA as of yet." As soon as T-Mobile starts updating other handsets, we will let you know ASAP.

source: @NevilleRay

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7 Comments

1. tywanjames

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It would have been nice if ya'll would have told us what RCS texting is, so that those of that don't know wouldn't have to do a web search.

2. Merze0n3

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Verizon's Messenger lets you chat with 250 people at a time and also send large files. What's the difference?

3. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Verizon's is proprietary, Jibe is universal and cross carrier.

5. Merze0n3

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

No, anybody can download it. You don't have to have Verizon.

6. Enadhof

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

Yeah but you're missing the point. RCS will be baked into the stock Android Messages app and Samsung messages too. So one day, you won't need to download another app to get these features, it will just work with the stock apps that come with 95% of Android phones.

7. dawhoda

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

One day? It's what my T-Mobile is doing now obviously after the update. It's pretty cool but nothing to write home about

4. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I absolutely love the RCS texting on my Sprint Note 8. It’s so much more reliable and fast than normal SMS. Every carrier needs to jump on this.

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