There is competitors brewing in the messaging globe, with Australia’s premier telco saying the launch of Telstra Messaging, a provider that makes use of the Rich Interaction Services (RCS) messaging common.
RCS is Google’s response to Apple’s feature-loaded iMessage, which provides numerous dynamic attributes like team chat, superior-resolution photo sharing, go through receipts and typing indicators to the indigenous Android information application.
This provider will now permit Telstra’s Android buyers to mail and acquire these richer formats alongside with standard textual content messages from within the identical inbox, considerably like how the existing SMS and MMS companies get the job done.
Not every telephone is lucky
Having said that, not every Android telephone on Telstra’s network will be equipped to use the new messaging provider. Telstra Messaging is presently offered for only a handful of high quality products, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Additionally, and the previous era of Samsung Galaxy seven and seven Edge.
There is no phrase nonetheless on other handset compatibility, but we will keep you up-to-date when we know more.
How it works
If you are a Telstra purchaser who owns one particular of the aforementioned handsets, Telstra Messaging will automatically get activated on your system, starting to be the indigenous texting application.
If you are not a Telstra purchaser, nevertheless, and want to jump on the Telstra Messaging bandwagon, you will have to have to change companies and get oneself both a postpaid or prepaid Telstra SIM card on one particular of the appropriate Samsung products.
As soon as established up, there are no added charges to use the provider, but details utilization fees will use, until the telephone is hooked up to a Wi-Fi relationship.
And just like how Apple’s Messages application has an indication of no matter if a get hold of can acquire an iMessage or not, the information composing window in Telstra’s new provider will label messages both as a ‘chat’ or an ‘SMS’ – with chats colour-coded inexperienced and SMSes coloured yellow – to permit people know if the receiver is applying Telstra Messaging or not.
In scenario the get hold of doesn’t have Telstra Messaging on their handset or belongs to a further network, the information will get to them the normal way – as an SMS or MMS.
Telstra isn’t forcing buyers to use the new RCS-dependent provider – Telstra Messaging can be blocked by deactivating Rich Communications uncovered within the device’s Options.
For more information and facts on Telstra Messaging, head more than to the telco’s CrowdSupport webpage for a in-depth FAQ.