October 22, 2021
Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile Join Forces to Replace Legacy SMS with a New RCS Standard

The largest wireless carries in the United States have come together to announce a replacement for SMS, called the “Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative”…

Legacy SMS might have its workable replacement in the works. Its introduction comes via a partnership between Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in a joint press release. 

All Four Major US Carriers Introduce SMS Replacement — the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative

The new messaging platform is known as the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative or CCMI. And, it’s intended to be an interoperable messaging service to debut on Android next year in 2020.

Conspicuously absent from the joint venture is Google, which has been one of the largest proponents of RCS. But the search giant tells The Verge it’s committed to working with others to bring the future messaging standard to Android.

It must tackle a number of problems, though. First of all, RCS hasn’t moved forward because not enough carriers have adopted it. Also, those who have embraced it are not adhering to the international standard for interoperability called the “Universal Profile.”

Plus, there’s no end-to-end encryption and Apple has not come on-board, sticking instead with its proprietary iMessage.

Michel Combes, President & CEO of Sprint says: 

“The CCMI will bring a consistent, engaging experience that makes it easy for consumers and businesses to interact in an environment they can trust. As we have seen in Asia, messaging is poised to become the next significant digital platform. CCMI will make it easy for consumers to navigate their lives from a smartphone.”

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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