After months of silence it seemed all however particular that CCMI, a project from all significant US carriers to bring RCS to the masses was most likely dead, and now a report appears to verify as much. The Cross Carrier Messaging Effort for RCS is– most likely– dead.
Light Reading broke the news that CCMI has shut its doors before ever shipping its RCS product. The project was originally slated to ship in 2020 but, clearly, never ever happened. Now, it never ever will.
A representative for Verizon verified to the publication that “the owners of the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative decided to end the joint endeavor effort.”
The task was begun by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in 2019 as a method of bringing enhanced messaging to all of their clients, at least those utilizing an Android phone. It would have come with the benefit of uniting all US providers on the very same RCS standard, which would have been based on the exact same Universal Profile that Google utilizes.
The death of CCMI doesnt imply that US providers are made with efforts to bring RCS to the masses, though. Were not quite back to the mess that existed back in 2019.
T-Mobile just recently announced a deal with Google that would bring RCS to all of its Android customers through the Google Messages app, which has likewise presented carrier-independent RCS to every Android phone worldwide as of last year. Its unclear what Verizon and AT&T have prepared, but we hope that they prepare to embrace the Universal Profile in some way. Again, these are United States carriers were talking about, and when do they ever do what individuals in fact desire?
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It would have come with the advantage of unifying all US carriers on the exact same RCS standard, which would have been based on the same Universal Profile that Google uses.
T-Mobile recently announced a deal with Google that would bring RCS to all of its Android consumers through the Google Messages app, which has likewise rolled out carrier-independent RCS to every Android phone in the world as of last year. Again, these are US providers were talking about, and when do they ever do what individuals really desire?