T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T Have Reportedly Killed Their RCS Joint Venture
According to a new report from Light Reading, the three major U.S. carriers (four at the time) have reportedly abandoned their joint venture to launch a new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI), that promised interoperability for an RCS Universal Profile-based messaging standard. It was originally set to be launched in 2020. [For a detailed explanation of RCS Messaging, we recommend this article.] Android Police reports: Although the company handling the logistics behind the cross-carrier effort claims that it’s still “continuing to move forward with preparations,” a Verizon spokesperson told Light Reading that “the owners of the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative decided to end the joint venture effort.” […] This may seem like bad news, but things have changed since 2019. In the time since the CCMI was announced, Google leapfrogged the carrier’s selfish dithering and rolled out its own RCS messaging solution via the Messages app, all connected to its Jibe network (though it will use your carrier network if it’s Universal Profile-compatible). It’s a move that means customers don’t have to wait on their carriers to start the work they should have done five years ago. More recently, T-Mobile has essentially handed the reins for its whole network messaging solution to Google by adopting Messages as the default SMS app for all T-Mobile phones, connecting all its customers to Google’s RCS network.

Given what has and hasn’t succeeded when it comes to RCS messaging, what we’d like to see is for Verizon and AT&T to follow T-Mobile, give up on their own stupid standards, and simply adopt Google’s RCS Messaging — either by connecting their chat apps to Google’s Jibe network somehow or by adopting the Messages app as sanctioned solutions, as T-Mobile did. But in the meantime, there’s nothing to prevent customers on either network from just installing the Messages app themselves and bypassing the carrier mess altogether — especially since it sounds like the carriers have given up on fixing it.

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