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What is the difference between RCS and SMS messaging?

(Topic created: 02-06-2024 12:12 PM)
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Alicen38
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Does anybody know the difference between RCS messaging and S m s messaging??

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GaryB82
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Here are some of the key differences between RCS and SMS :

Features:

SMS:

Simple text only (no pictures, videos, etc.)

Limited to 160 characters per message

No encryption

Works over cellular network, so no data connection needed

Widely supported by all phones

RCS:

Richer features like sending pictures, videos, GIFs, location, etc.

Longer message limit (up to 8,000 characters)

Read receipts and typing indicators

End-to-end encryption for secure messaging

Requires data connection (cellular or Wi-Fi)

Supported by some, but not all, phones

Other differences:

Cost: Both are typically free to use, but some carriers might charge for data used by RCS.

Availability: SMS is widely available, while RCS is still being rolled out by carriers and phone manufacturers.

Compatibility: Both RCS and SMS messages can be sent between compatible devices, but if one person uses RCS and the other doesn't, the message might be converted to SMS, losing some features.

In summary:

Choose SMS for: Simple text messages that work on any phone, even without a data connection.

Choose RCS for: Richer messaging features like pictures, videos, and encryption, if both users have compatible devices and data connections.



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Alicen38
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And does anybody know why my text messaging worked? And then all of a sudden does not work. I cannot receive text messages nor can I send them
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neilth
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You need to present your problem to your carrier, they are responsible for your messaging connectivity.
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Alicen38
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I used to have a Samsung galaxy A20 now I just have the next 1 up and it's 5g instead of 4, does that make a difference with rcs &
sms messaging and how come my text messaging isn't working at all of a sudden and I didn't change anything
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Perf
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It sounds to me like a possible internet connection issue. Open settings, and search for reset and select reset network settings (KEEP IN MIND THIS WILL RESET ALL WIFI, AND BLUETOOTH CONNECTIONS) see if that helps
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Alicen38
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PLEASE HELP ASAP
EVERYTIME I called Straight Talk for assistance. They always end up messing up my phone Where it doesn't work at all
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neilth
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Sounds like you should look for a different carrier!
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GaryB82
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Here are some of the key differences between RCS and SMS :

Features:

SMS:

Simple text only (no pictures, videos, etc.)

Limited to 160 characters per message

No encryption

Works over cellular network, so no data connection needed

Widely supported by all phones

RCS:

Richer features like sending pictures, videos, GIFs, location, etc.

Longer message limit (up to 8,000 characters)

Read receipts and typing indicators

End-to-end encryption for secure messaging

Requires data connection (cellular or Wi-Fi)

Supported by some, but not all, phones

Other differences:

Cost: Both are typically free to use, but some carriers might charge for data used by RCS.

Availability: SMS is widely available, while RCS is still being rolled out by carriers and phone manufacturers.

Compatibility: Both RCS and SMS messages can be sent between compatible devices, but if one person uses RCS and the other doesn't, the message might be converted to SMS, losing some features.

In summary:

Choose SMS for: Simple text messages that work on any phone, even without a data connection.

Choose RCS for: Richer messaging features like pictures, videos, and encryption, if both users have compatible devices and data connections.



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KTBM
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RCS is the new messaging system. It lets you send longer messages as well as bigger file sizes for pictures and video. It needs to be turned on in the settings to work properly.
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Perf
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RCS (Rich Communication Services) and SMS (Short Message Service) are both messaging services, but RCS offers enhanced features like read receipts, multimedia sharing, and typing indicators. Unlike SMS, RCS requires an internet connection and is not universally supported across all devices and carriers.
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