Verizon likely to launch new messaging service in early 2019

Verizon likely to launch new messaging service in early 2019
Verizon is expected to launch RCS (Rich Communication Services) text messaging in February 2019 to provide its customers with enhanced messaging solutions, The Verge reports. The information was recently confirmed by Verizon's SVP of consumer products during a business-focused GSMA event, but an official announcement is still pending.

Earlier this month, Fierce Wireless reported that Twilio, an app development company, confirmed the information change during their company's quarterly conference call with investors. Twilio expects its revenue to grow in Q1 2019 thanks to its SMS messaging business through Verizon, the company's CFO said.

The enhanced messaging solution, also known as RCS Chat, is expected to replace SMS, but that will require carriers to update their systems and add Universal Profile, a special protocol needed by the RCS technology that enables messages to be sent between different carriers.

Apparently, Verizon's RCS solution will feature support for Universal Profile 1.0, which means consumers should be able to send messages across other carriers' networks.

Currently, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular are the only carriers in the United States that offer RCS technology that allows messages to interoperate between their networks, but not all smartphones feature support for RCS messaging yet.

RCS messaging allows users to share images, videos and sound clips, as well as other types of media such as emoji and stickers. The new messaging solution also supports group chats, audio and video calls, locations sharing, read receipts and other advanced features.

Basically, the Android Messages app on your smartphone will get an upgrade to make it work like iMessage or Facebook Messenger. For more details on how's it working and why it's important for the future of messaging, make sure to refer to our extensive RCS messaging article.

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8 Comments

1. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Too bad it's not encrypted like iMessage

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I have zero need for encrypted messaging seeing as I'm not a criminal and I'm not dumb enough to send sensitive data across messages.

3. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

And you have zero intelligence if you think only blatant criminals need encryption.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well I also don't fear my government. Sorry muffin.

8. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You're a perfect sheep that governments like. Don't question anything, keep your head down, and do what you're told.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

? RCS is the successor to SMS, not an iMessage competitor SMS in iMessage aren't encrypted either

6. Rager722 unregistered

Cannot wait, all we need is at&t to debut RCS and then the death of sms will be here! Also isheep won't be able to talk trash about "green bubbles" anymore.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1341; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

this should have came a long time ago!!!!

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