Who's blocking RCS?





    Tmobile S10E. This is getting stupid, RCS is only available on specific phones and only between those certain phones and only if they are TMobile branded. I have it with Samsung messages but I prefer Google messages. Is it TMobile, Samsung, Google? Seriously, someone needs to fix it.

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      • syaoran

        Re: Who's blocking RCS?

        RCS on Google Messages works fine on my Mi MIX 3 using my T-Mobile SIM.  Samsung is notorious along with some other manufacturers to limiting features to their stock apps only.

        • tmo_mike_c

          Re: Who's blocking RCS?

          Are you seeing that message through a third party messaging app or the pre-installed one. Advanced Messaging is available through T-Mobile devices, but isn't something guaranteed for devices sold outside T-Mobile channels.

          • vampirerove86

            Re: Who's blocking RCS?

            I'm dealing with the same thing on my Galaxy S10+. From what I understand, it's because T-Mobile has their own proprietary Universal Profile which allows for Advanced Messaging. Chatting in Android Messaging won't work even when they release the Universal Profile 1.0 to ALL of its devices because T-Mobile is refusing or just hasn't connected to the Google Jibe Hub like other carriers so that we can all interconnect with one another across carriers. Unfortunately, T-Mobile is struggling with releasing the Universal Profile to their devices even though they've been working on it for a few years. Google knows how slow and slothful carriers are so they are trying to work around this and bypass the carrier themselves. They've begun testing in the UK and France. They announced this earlier in the week and testing began yesterday morning so that's amazing turnaround time. If all goes well there, we should be seeing it soon with no thanks to our wonderful carriers. It's just kind of pathetic and annoying because Google did the work for them with opening up the Jibe Hub to them and was willing to work with them just as they have with those who have connected to it and for whatever reason, T-Mobile just couldn't seem to get on board. How can you not get on board with something like this when you're obviously struggling to make it happen and another company has done all of the leg work for you?! I don't get that. It's frustrating.

            • grazman

              Re: Who's blocking RCS?

              Tmobile is like ANY carrier. There's no (un)carrier here when it comes to SMS/MMS with tmobile. They play to specific vendors and phones to boost those device sales. This prevents me from buying a cheap android from some questionable hardware manufacturer, installing android messages and getting a near iMessage experience.


              Google was slothy in the arrival of the realization that adding SMS to Hangouts. Birthing and then killing allo. And then finally linking Duo to messages...


              So in Europe in maybe two weeks they rolled out Jibe to the 5 largest carriers. That does not make RCS a defacto standard (even though it is) because Apple is holding out their interoperability with RCS. This only works in apple's favor. The RCS "islands" by US carriers works in the favor or carriers who subsidize expensive phone on plans to their subscribers that are not apple devices.


              Before I switched form Sprint i had RCS on my galaxy. I'm in woe at the stone age of messaging on tmobile. Yes I have an s10, still not here. NO i will not use the stupid clunky samsung/tmobile app.


              If tmobile wanted to be the uncarrier they would one up their game. Sprint actually did this better than tmobile. go figure.


              We can start arguing universal versus advanced messaging though it's pointless. Everyone is asking tmobile for RCS universal and to connect to other darn carriers. Why they don't... they are no the UNcarrier they claim to be. Good marketing though.

              • drewkills

                Re: Who's blocking RCS?

                Go onto the Play store and search for an app called Carrier Services from Google, after installing it that error message should go away and allow you to activate chat features.