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T-Mobile Customers to Get RCS Universal Profile Upgrade Soon

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Back in 2015, T-Mobile launched a new feature called Rich Communication Services (RCS). This feature came with Advanced Messaging, which aimed at giving its customers an enhanced messaging experience with things like real-time chat, message delivery notification, group chat, and sending messages with over 160 characters.

After launching this feature almost a couple of years ago, it looks like T-Mo is getting ready to do more with its RCS feature.

Earlier today, the wireless carrier announced its plans to support the GSMA Universal Profile industry standard. Based on their announcement, T-Mobile customers will be receiving these software updates in the second quarter of the year.

Once the updates roll out, customers will be able to enjoy a number of improvements to their RCS messaging feature. When it does, customers with the Universal Profile upgrade can get support for up to 100MB file transfers. Comparing this with the current 10MB limit in the RCS implementation, it shows how big of an improvement this is.

T-Mobile's RCS feature is currently supported across all Android devices they sell. This makes it available in over 30 million customers that use over 250 million RCS messages every single day. With this sheer volume, it shouldn't be a surprise that the wireless network would be prioritizing support for Universal Profile.

If you're a T-Mobile customer, you can keep an eye out for the upgrade from April to June.



Source: TmoNews



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  1. Just need ATT and VZW to join, then get OEMs to make Android Messages the stock messaging app. I think Samsung is the only major OEM that sticks to their stock messaging app though...

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    1. The beauty of Android is that you can change which app is used for messaging, among other things.

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    2. The beauty of Android? Lol...iOS can do the same, and don't forget about iMessage, it just works unlike Google's suite of 30 different messaging apps that really can't do it all.

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    3. @Michael--AT&T has tested universal RCS. No word on deployment plans though. Nothing from Verizon. Sprint is actually the leader right now in getting universal RCS out.

      @Anon755--yes, iMessage works. It works so well that Apple got sued for not making it easy for phone numbers to get released from its clasps. Didn't want too many sheep walking away from the herd in the walled garden, I guess.

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  2. Hope this doesn't affect my Legere emoji. I've grown rather attached to it, and include it in texts to my friends who use Verizon prepaid.

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    1. It may look like the Legere emoji to you, but it prints out as the poop emoji on Verizon phones--representative of T-Mobile's native coverage.

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    2. So you do not mind anytime deprioritization on Verizon prepaid? It is sad how Verizon can never even try to give their customers a good deal.

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    3. @Anon1144, what anytime de-prioritization on Verizon prepaid, other than video or hotspot on unlimited--both of which T-Mobile also does?

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    4. Hi @Anon110 - Verizon Prepaid deprioritizes at anytime if the tower is conjested. So if you used only 1gb of data, you will be deproritized, as opposed to Verizon post paid, which deprioritizes only after 22gb. Hopefully there is a Verizon MVNO that gives you a decent amount of data, a hotspot, and higher deprioritization threshold.

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    5. Thanks Anon628. I didn't know. After the 1:10 comment, I read AT&T is also doing this now. Surely this is going to trickle down to further lower priority customers? (MVNOs, roamers, etc.)

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  3. Guess it's kind of iMessage for Android...

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  4. It looks like another way for Google to vacuum up personnel data. Any guarantees from them they won’t?

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    1. Google tracking, scanning and copying is relentless. Their business model is based on selling your info. At least they dropped their motto "Do no evil."
      I used to install 3rd party apps and the Amazon Store, then turn off as many G-apps as possible. Then I read that if you enable one G-app like Maps to use Location only when running, the OS keeps tracking you even after you close that and all other G-apps. So I gave up, and use iOS and WinPhone 10.
      No more G for me - I cancelled my account. I don't miss them at all.

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    2. Anon 11:16 - Big deal. You switched from G servers to win 10 and apple. Don't think they aren't gathering data also...they are.

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    3. Yes, let's all just assume that the 3 companies collect the same info, in the same ways, for the same purposes so it's hopeless to prevent any loss of private information. Much easier than comparing practices to learn the differences.

      Nobody needs to know, for one example, that MSFT has promised not to do what Google does: scan and store info about the content of your calls, email and sms to sell to advertisers. People might feel bad or not buy so many cheap droid phones. We can't have that.

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    4. Not everyone has $1k+ to buy into apple ecosystem either.

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    5. Maybe you're not using one of the 5M droids that were infected in the
      Chinese supply chain with Rottensys, some really aggressive malware just announced by Check Point Mobile Security. Top 3 brands infected are Honor, Huawei and Xiaomi, but phones from Samsung, ZTE, Coolpad, Lenovo have been discovered with Rottensys. This has been going on since 2016. Twin command and control servers in China. This makes Adups on Blu look like a small prank. Just one of the many surprises you can look forward to when you go droid.

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  5. I’m guessing that Samsung will use “embrace and extend” on RCS. They will try to add Samsung specific features on top of the standard to market their phones.

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    1. If they can keep the core 'universal' functionality, what's the harm?

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  6. This will totally improve my experience when I'm on the go and can only snag 1mbps thanks to congestion.

    Oh wait, no it won't.

    What a waste of time and effort.

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  7. Why not just switch to Whatsapp?! It supports encrypted rich messages, video, voice calls international too

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    1. 1. Facebook
      2. Requires you to be connected to a data network at all times for it to work

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