Tag Archive: Carriers

RCS on Android is possible and it would be great if it weren’t for carriers

This is why we can’t have good things.

We all love the latest RCS hack for Android Messages, but it has begun its inevitable death spiral. When I saw you needed to use a beta version of the app and configure it to use a Google sandbox server I knew it would happen eventually. And I knew another thing: it showed every user who tried it how much better messaging on Android could be if carriers did  [Read More…]

Can the US carriers solve Android messaging? We’re answering your questions

Here’s how the carriers plan to “fix” RCS for U.S. wireless customers.

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to what RCS can bring to Android messaging and it can get confusing. Don’t worry, though, we have you covered.

In short, RCS provides the text messaging framework for the features that people have come to expect from mobile messaging apps like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and so many others. Recently, The big four U.S. carriers  [Read More…]

Top wireless carriers finally come together for RCS messaging

The biggest names in wireless service (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) have finally gotten around to working together on a replacement for SMS. Long anticipated, the next generation RCS messaging standard should ship with phones in 2010.

The four carriers have formed a joint venture called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) and pledge to launch a new text messaging client for Android phones in the coming year.

Known as Rich Communication Services (RCS), it’s yet to really take off with  [Read More…]

U.S. carriers are joining forces to bring RCS messaging to Android phones

The carriers will announce more details regarding the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) at a later date.

What you need to know All four major U.S. carriers have joined hands to replace SMS with RCS. The Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) will be bringing RCS to Android phones in 2020. CCMI will be rolling out a new Android app that will be the default messaging app on Android phones sold by major U.S. carriers.

The four major U.S. carriers  [Read More…]

Google expanding Pixel 4 to all major U.S. carriers

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, oh my!

What you need to know The Pixel 4 will be showing up on all 4 major U.S. carriers Pixel 4 will also be on Google Fi, Xfinity Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, and Visible. Google’s phones used to launch as exclusives to Verizon and Google Fi.

A sticking point for Pixel fans used to be the places that you could pick up the phone. For Pixel 4, Google is launching on all major  [Read More…]

How to switch carriers to US Mobile

Moving your phone number to a new service provider can be a pain, but with US Mobile, it’s super simple. As a part of the sign-up process, you port (or transfer) your original phone number, but there are a few things you’ll need to know before getting started.

How to transfer your phone number to US Mobile Get your current account information. You’ll need your account number, account PIN, and billing zip code. You may need to call  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 4 could launch at all four major carriers

Google could launch its next phone, the Pixel 4, with all four of the big wireless providers. According to a leak provided to PhoneArena, AT&T may finally join the others in offering the big flagship device.

The previous models, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, are available at Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Google does offer an unlocked version direct to consumers which works on AT&T, but that’s as close as it gets.

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Use a lot of data? Check out these MVNO carriers

A lot of people think of an MVNO as a carrier you get to just save money, but in the last few years these carriers have become a stronger choice even for heavy users. A data hungry user wants to have fast and reliable internet everywhere they go. There are more options than ever for unlimited MVNO data plans and the prices keep coming down as well. Our current favorite is Visible because of its simplicity compared to  [Read More…]

Phone carriers and all 50 states have joined forces to prevent robocalls

The agreement was made between twelve of the largest carriers and attorneys general from all 50 states.

What you need to know Twelve of the largest phone companies and all 50 state attorneys general came together in an agreement to help prevent robocalls. The carriers will implement the SHAKEN/STIR protocol on its networks along with helping law enforcement track down robocallers. The agreement is completely voluntary and there is no deadline for compliance.

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Google stops sharing info with wireless carriers over data privacy concerns

It put an end to the Mobile Network Insights program back in April.

What you need to know The Mobile Network Insights service delivered anonymous data to wireless carriers to show weak spots in their network coverage. The data helped carriers find areas that needed to be improved to make their networks more reliable. Google shut down the service back in April due to privacy concerns.

In April of this year, Google shut down a valuable resource  [Read More…]