T-Mobile has announced that it will spearhead Rich Communication Services, pushing it to the forefront with its newly unveiled 'Advanced Messaging' service. Although Rich Communication Services (RCS) have been around for a few years, not many mobile carriers are taking advantage of these features.
T-Mobile's Advanced Messaging will bring a messaging enhancements in the form of:
- Rich 1 on 1 and group messaging, including near real-time chat
- See when others are typing, when your message is delivered and even read
- Share high-res photos and videos up to 10 MB just as you would a regular text message
While none of the above features are new, a majority of the time users have to download messaging apps in order to utilize them. iOS users will recognize the above features as a majority are found in Apple's iMessage. But, unlike those proprietary apps, RCS is a universal service that can be utilized by all devices without the need for special apps.
For now, the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime will be one of the first devices to come with T-Mobile's Advanced Messaging. But, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 will be able to take advantage of the Advanced Messaging feature with a simple software update. T-Mobile plans to release over a dozen compatible devices in 2015.