Earlier this week, the four major carriers in the U.S. have set their rivalry aside to pave way for something beneficial for its customers.
The big four carriers, namely Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, have formed an alliance called the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). This group aims to make Rich Communications Service (RCS) messaging available to a wider scale across the United States.
As of this writing, the group is working on creating a messaging service that uses the RCS standard. When it is ready to deploy, the service will be available first to Android users. Together with “other companies in the RCS ecosystem”, the group is working hard to launch this deliverable by 2020.
Eventually, the aim of the group is to have a seamless RCS messaging experience that works across platforms and carriers in the country and internationally. With the service, the group hopes users will be able to enjoy a better messaging experience where they can send out high-quality photos and videos, pay bills, chat with businesses, schedule appointments, and many more.
Right now, this is all we know about CCMI and the service it is building. More details should be released soon when it’s ready.
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