T-Mobile Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL won’t support RCS ‘at this time’

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When T-Mobile launched the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 earlier this year, it said that the new phones won’t support RCS messaging, and it looks like that’ll be the case with the Pixel 4, too.

A T-Mobile support representative has said that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL won’t support RCS messaging at launch. This was in response to a Twitter user who asked if the Pixel 4 would support universal RCS on T-Mobile.

I reached out to T-Mobile myself for confirmation about the Pixel 4 and 4 XL not supporting RCS and was told, “They will not support RCS at this time.”

One thing to note is that the T-Mobile has said that the new Pixels don’t support RCS “at this time.” It’s possible that T-Mobile could add support at a later date, but there’s been no indication from T-Mo one way or the other on that matter.

T-Mobile isn’t the only U.S. carrier that won’t be supporting RCS on the new Pixels at launch. Verizon has said that it, too, won’t be supporting the feature, and then there’s AT&T, which hasn’t said whether or not the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will support RCS on its network. The only U.S. carrier to commit to offering RCS on the new Pixels so far is Sprint.

RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is a messaging protocol that offers several upgrades over traditional texting. Those include typing indicators, read receipts, and the ability to send higher quality attachments. While T-Mobile has enabled RCS support on a handful of Android phones from Samsung and OnePlus, the rollout has definitely been a bit limited so far. RCS offers a greatly improved messaging experience over normal SMS, so here’s to hoping that support is added to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at some time in the future.

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Via: Android Police, The Verge

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  • Max

    Since the moment RCS was designed to depend on carriers it was doomed, carriers should stay away from phone software and focus on optimizing networks.

    • Vahdyx

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • marque2

      Good point – but really the cell companies had a lot of incentive to get texting right when it first came out – partially because it was in demand and sold phone subscriptions and mostly because they made a lot of money at 10¢ per text.

      This time the incentives are low with free texts. Many have moved on to other message systems, with only some carriers using RCS it isn’t quite University compatible but mostly a lot of us don’t see the point (eg I already get recieve notifications- read receipts are not much of an advance. )

      Also texting might be obsolete. It used to be texts would be on the voice side and message apps on the data (Which is why Google, was it Hangouts?,didn’t work so well. There were times when I had voice but no data) now everything is done over data.

      Also note – doing this text on my phone. They should spend the money making autocorrect better

    • Jason Caprio

      Agreed. This is why nearly everybody that I message use Facebook Messenger. SMS/MMS can sometimes be unreliable/delayed between carriers, and with Messenger, you know if your message was sent and if the other party received/seen the message. Furthermore, images and videos are much higher quality on messenger than MMS.

  • alfonzso

    RCS was touted as Android’s answer to iMessage, but with providers ignoring it and no encryption, it has turned out to be completely pathetic.

  • htyoung

    So if Spring supports it does that mean T-Mo will once the merger happens

  • Nate

    Someone did just release a way to enable Google Messages RCS features on the beta version of Google messages. It seems to be working with Tmobile just fine.