T-Mobile has today announced a new feature launching exclusively at T-Mobile based on a new messaging standard that will change the way you text. T-Mobile’s new Advanced Messaging is the future of the SMS.
Based on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard, Advanced Messaging brings a lot of the perks of other messaging services –iMessage, Hangouts, etc.– to normal text messages like near real-time chat, read receipts, high-res media sharing and greatly improved group messaging. Since Advanced messaging is built on RCS, eventually all carriers and all phones will support it. But for now, T-Mobile has the exclusive.
Advanced Messaging will be available on the Galaxy Grand Prime first, with the Galaxy S5 and S6 to follow. And T-Mobile has a dozen more devices with Advanced Messaging already in the pipeline.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any significant changes to text messaging. Leave it to T-Mobile to lead the charge. Here’s to hoping more carriers follow suit shortly.