RCS News: Global Reach for RCS Messaging Grows with More Carrier Support

By: 3C The Messenger – February 1, 2019

2019 kicked off with a month of carrier launch announcements and continued device rollouts—growing the reach of RCS messaging across the globe. Catch up on the latest RCS news and announcements here and be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay up-to-date on the latest mobile and RCS updates.


Google Fi adds support for RCS messaging

Earlier this month, Google announced that it will be rolling out RCS on its very own Google Fi network—catching up to operators such as Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular who have already launched RCS on their networks. The announcement seemed a long-time coming for Google, who has been a main proponent and advocate for RCS adoption since 2015. Hopefully, the vote of confidence by Google launching on their own MVNO will encourage other carriers to narrow their focus on RCS and launch the new service in 2019.

T-Mobile expands RCS Universal Profile to Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note9

Having launched RCS in mid-2018, T-Mobile announced this month that they will be expanding RCS Universal Profile support into their Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note9 devices. With Universal Profile support, RCS is able to play nice across other carriers who also support Universal Profile RCS including Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, and now (as mentioned above) Google Fi.

SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, launches RCS and future plans for payments through RCS

SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading wireless carrier, announced support for RCS messaging on its latest Samsung Galaxy phones — the Galaxy S9 and S9+—with plans to launch on more Android phones in the near future. With the announcement, they also shared plans to add some payment abilities such as mobile coupons and peer-to-peer money transfers through RCS.

“When all three mobile carriers in Korea jointly offer the service, there will be 50 million mobile subscribers using it,” SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho said at this year’s CES event.

So what?

Plain and simple: Reach for RCS is growing as more operators and OEMs continue to launch RCS and enable consumers to access the services. By the end of 2019, it’s expected that there will be 147mm RCS-enabled devices in market, and the GSMA is working toward 60% penetration rate by the end of this year.


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