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Verizon Wireless Will Roll Out RCS Chat Feature Next Year

Are you ready to say goodbye to SMS messaging? It looks like Verizon Wireless is making a bold switch to RCS technology next year.

In an event in New Jersey yesterday, a representative of Verizon revealed the company's plans to launch RCS messaging support. Aparna Khurjekar, SVP of consumer products, shared that this will be available early next year.

One of the key features of the technology is RCS Chat, which is set to take over traditional SMS once carriers are able to support Universal Profile in their systems. By updating their systems, RCS technology will be able to interoperate messages cleanly across carriers.

As of this writing, only a few number of carriers have updated their system. In the U.S., the list includes U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile's limited support. Verizon and AT&T, on the other hand, utilize a proprietary texting system.

Once the technology launches, Verizon's RCS technology is said to support Universal Profile 1.0. The wireless carrier, however, did not confirm or deny this. But it could be possible that Verizon will be supporting full Universal Profile RCS. If this is the case, Verizon would be taking an important step in showing its support for Google's future plans for its Android devices.

When RCS Chat becomes available, users get to enjoy group chats, high-resolution media, typing indicators, and read receipts. The problem, however, is that this messaging form is unencrypted.

It's important to note that Verizon isn't the first to support RCS technology. Earlier this month, AT&T already showed its support for the technology. Even then, the wireless network launched the technology across Android devices in 2015 as "Advanced Messaging" feature. This time around, AT&T is upgrading its network to support the Universal Profile.

Although Verizon Wireless didn't reveal the exact date when RCS support will roll out, sources point to a launch in early February 2019.

Source: The Verge

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  1. I don't understand. What are the advantages of RCS Chat going into the future?
    I already enjoy group chats, media & read receipts using SMS texting on Verizon network (thru TracFone)
    Are we going to be forced to switch to RCS Chat on all carriers? Will prepaids like TracFone have RCS Chat, stay with SMS, or just no more texting with TracFone?

    1. (assuming you're on android for this, iphone's imessage system already has these benefits) longer messages without the 160 word limit, shows a 'typing' indicator, messages can be sent over wifi or LTE instead of using the cellular network, and you can send higher quality pictures or videos.

    2. Thank you for the help understanding this. Much appreciated

  2. Have had these features on MetroPCS and on TMobile since at least June 2016 with android 6 and then with upgrades to Android 7 on LG Stylo 2 plus phones
    Thanks TMobile for both networks

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