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T-Mobile looks to enhance basic texting forever with its new rich media standard

By Justin Kahn ยท 4 replies
Jul 22, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src='https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/header/2014/05/tmobile.jpg' class='intro-image' /></p><p>While most of us use messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook and Apple&rsquo;s Messages, the trusty SMS text is still a thing, and is in most cases still a viable and easy form of communication. As we all know, SMS texts come with their own set of limitations we aren&rsquo;t generally hindered by with its technologically advanced counterparts. Things like sharing larger media files, long send times and the lack of other amenities all plague the aging comms tech, but it looks like T-Mobile is <a href="http://consumerist.com/2015/07/22/t-mobile-launches-advanced-messaging-texts-with-imessage-features/">ready to launch</a> a new way to text that keeps much of ease and simplicity of SMS.</p> <p>T-Mobile&rsquo;s new Rich Communications Services (RCS) brings much of what we have come to love about WhatsApp and Messages, but allows anyone to use it without the need to download or install any additional software. Well, anyone on T-Mobile that is, and most devices will have to wait for the feature to become available via a one time software upgrade. It sounds as though the standard will attempt to penetrate other networks, but as of now T-Mobile is the only carrier on-board. Aside from that, it will work on any platform and any device, according to the company. Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 plus about &ldquo;a dozen&rdquo; other devices will have the update made available shortly. As of today, the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is the only device that currently supports it.</p> <p>Nonetheless, users will get 10MB video and image attachments, message received notifications, group chats and more, once the update is fully rolled out. RCS requires a Wi-Fi or LTE connection, as you&rsquo;re likely imagining, and the system will automatically drop back to basic texts if it needs to. The service is free, and T-Mobile users should start to see it appear &ldquo;soon&rdquo;.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61478-t-mobile-looks-enhance-basic-texting-forever-new.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61478-t-mobile-looks-enhance-basic-texting-forever-new.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/61478-t-mobile-looks-enhance-basic-texting-forever-new.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,584   +441

    So this is just another way to increase data usage... great. Verizon and AT&T will gladly upgrade for further price gouging.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,048   +1,384

    If it uses data it's not exactly on the same level of texts is it?
    fimbles likes this.
  4. Gots to make you use that dataz ...
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,704   +1,945

    they have unlimited data, and it would most likely be covered under a texting plan. Again, t-Mobile includes unlimited text and talk.

    I also don't think Verizon or ATT will charge extra for this if it becomes really popular. They're already losing ground to t-M, they simply can't afford to price gouge anymore. Hell, ATT dropped my bill from $107/m to $69/m when I threaten to go to t-M. I have 1400 minutes, unlimited text and 5GB of Data. I hardly us more than ~1GB anyway.

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