Samsung today announced some news regarding Rich Communication Services (RCS), and T-Mobile is involved.
Samsung says that it’s expanding its RCS messaging service using thanks to its recent acquisition of NewNet Communication Technologies. The service offers many of the features that you’d expect from RCS, including group chats and large file transfers, and Samsung touts that its RCS “is compliant with the latest GSMA RCS specifications.”
The good news is that Samsung is making its RCS service play nicely with others. The Samsung RCS hub will help carriers quickly launch RCS support without having to build their own infrastructure and “will support and simplify the interconnectivity among other RCS-enabled operators, Samsung, and third-party RCS clouds.” The goal is to offer ubiquity similar to SMS and MMS.
Samsung is now working with carriers around the globe to expand RCS availability, including T-Mobile, KT, SK Telecom, Vodafone, and T-Mo parent company Deutsche Telekom. Samsung is offering its RCS service as both a full package and in modular options to best fit each carrier’s needs.
Samsung’s RCS service will work with Samsung smartphones on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher.
T-Mobile began rolling out its own RCS service — called Advanced Messaging — in mid-2015, and last year T-Mo touted that there were 5.5 million subscribers using its service. While it’s unclear exactly what T-Mobile will be getting out of this partnership with Samsung, T-Mo already has its Advanced Messaging service, so it’s possible that it’ll take advantage of Samsung’s modular RCS options to improve its existing offering.
Have you tried RCS yet?