T-Mobile, Google to Expand Rich Messaging

Five years ago, Un-carrier customers were the first in the US to enjoy enhanced texting capabilities with Rich Communications Services (RCS), so they could share high-res pics and videos, see when someone´s typing a response (and know when they´ve been left on ´read´), and more, the company said.

Since then, RCS has evolved to include advanced group message capabilities and other upgrades. Today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Google announced they´ve teamed up to expand RCS for T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile Android customers, so they now get that same upgraded RCS experience when texting with Android users on other networks across the globe.

Un-carrier customers are big on texting and on average send more than 700 million RCS messages a day. Now, T-Mobile Android fans get an RCS experience while texting Android customers on other networks.

To get RCS features while messaging with customers on other networks, T-Mobile Android users need a device that supports RCS Universal Profile 1.0 and to be messaging with someone using chat features on Google´s Messages app. Capable Android customers on T-Mobile´s network won´t have to do anything or download an over-the-top app to get RCS features — they´re built right into T-Mobile´s network and natively into the phone´s messaging app.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information visit: http://www.t-mobile.com.