Verizon plans to upgrade SMS to a new texting standard

Sharmaine Centeno
Sharmaine Centeno November 19, 2018
Updated 2022/04/14 at 10:58 AM

At the GSMA’s business-focused event in New Jersey, Aparna Khurjekar, Senior Vice President of Verizon Consumer Products, announced that the company will launch the new texting standard set.

According to the GSMA, the new RCS Business Messaging Lab will let people to contribute to the future of messaging and to make sure that RCS will be an industry-leading business messaging platform by sharing, recognizing, and finding a solution to issues. The RCS will be the replacement of SMS if the carries will update their systems to support the “Universal Profile,” that include RCS technology which enables messages interoperate cleanly between carriers.

GSMA told The Verge that “Verizon’s RCS will support Universal Profile 1.0, but we spoke to Verizon, and the company wouldn’t confirm that the RCS launch will support it, nor would it nail the timeline down more specifically.”

Verizon confirmed that the RCS will launch next year.


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