T-Mobile to begin rolling out RCS Universal Profile updates in Q2 2018


After launching Rich Communication Services (RCS) with its Advanced Messaging feature back in 2015, T-Mobile today spilled some details on its upcoming RCS plans.

T-Mobile has announced plans to support the GSMA Universal Profile industry standard. Software updates will begin to go out to T-Mo customer starting in Q2 2018.

RCS messaging offers several improvements over standard text messaging, including read receipts, group chat features, and messages longer than 160 characters. Universal Profile is an upgrade over standard RCS in that it adds features like support for file transfers up to 100MB, up from the 10MB limit in the RCS implementation currently offered by T-Mobile.

T-Mo also gave us an update on the RCS usage of its customers. RCS is supported on every Android device sold by T-Mobile, and more than 30 million T-Mo customers send more than 250 million RCS messages every day.

Many T-Mobile customers have been wondering when the Universal Profile support would roll out, and with the number of people that use RCS on T-Mo, it’s no surprise that they want the improvements that come with the update to the Universal Profile. Now we’ve got an idea of when the software updates will begin rolling out. Q2 is still a pretty big window, though, ranging from April through June, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for more info on the rollouts as we get closer to Q2. Stay tuned.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • mikeZo6

    RCS on iPhone X ?

    • SEBA

      Apple replaced this function with imessage.

    • Asim Mohiuddin

      No…and probably will never happen. RCS is like SMS, MMS, etc. iMessage supports iMessage, SMS, and MMS.

    • bkat11

      When pigs fly! Or when they make iMessage available on Google LOL

  • Josh Schoonover

    I’ll believe it when I see it lol

  • Philip

    Those they have the unlock phone that is not T-mobile brand will not get this update right?

    • Asim Mohiuddin

      You won’t get the update (unless you have an unlocked non-carrier phone like the pixel). But you can still probably use RCS …You will definitely have to use the “Android Messages” app which will replace your regular SMS app.

      • steveb944

        T-Mobile’s is carrier specific, if you don’t use their gear you don’t get their RCS. Maybe 1-2 exceptions, but I can’t recall.

        And you can use Google’s RCS as you noted, but it doesn’t work with T-Mobile’s.

  • steveb944

    “…interoperable connectivity with the carriers and Google once they are ready to join”

    That statement bothers me as T-Mobile could have used Google’s instead of going proprietary.

    • Yonatan Ben Magen

      As well as monetizing their proprietary version of Google Voice (Visual voice) for vm transcripts.

      Since we no longer get hard copies (bills) of incoming/outgoing calls. I guess it’s a small price to pay for $35/no unlimited.

      I will say that lately been having call quality and connection issues that I hadn’t had in the prior nine months with T-mobile since returning, as well as long delays in txts sent/tbd. I only noticed it because yes I txt my kids in our house. With headphones BT speakers its easier than yelling or crossing the house. But hearing the notification from the txt, after they say they didn’t get it.

      I also know from delivered and read message next to the text app, but I didn’t know it was RCS I thought it was a Samsung phone thing.

      • steveb944

        Whoa I thought it was just me. All these ‘advancements’ are hindering the service.

        We get multiple undeliverable or multiple canceled pictures. And we also get ghost texting that shows up weeks after we sent it.

        • Yonatan Ben Magen

          Interesting, me and my daughter have S8+ , when she send photos she took on it (7-12Mb each sometimes) I have to hit the ! to try to re-download or view ( I have mine on the smallest size as I take a ton of Pictures for documentation purposes).

          Also noticed that the Samsung link sharing app (which allows up t0 2 GB per day ) will fail to finish uploading even if it is just 30-40 MB.

          Only recently noticed the fails and dropped calls this year, or calls going straight to Vmail for family members (but phone was turned on and not in Airplane mode).

          Hopefully it is not a sign of worsening network issues from T-Mobile and just a side effect of Network upgrades or Solar flares.

          These all happened just in the Portland Metro area where I can get 100 Mbps DL on a pretty consistent basis most places I have checked. Outside PDX in the rural areas or away from Major highways as expected/accepted little to no signal.

        • steveb944

          I have an LG, my better half a Samsung. So I don’t think it’s hardware dependent.

          As for Samsung link I’m not too familiar but that should be Samsung dependent.

          It’s not any better elsewhere. I have a Samsung via AT&T for work and RCS is even worse and some calls go straight to voicemail more often than not. Those photos I know are small because they require us to use small ratios via software. I can barely get one bar, while my personal phone gets 4+. I’m in the Miami area.

          You can always hope the low band spectrum will help.

  • Alex Zapata

    Whatever happened to video calls via RCS? Did that just get abandoned by the 3GPP or GSMA or whichever governing body was babbling about all that stuff a while back? I know TMO and AT&T have their own proprietary versions…….