All of the nation's Tier 1 U.S. carriers have indicated they will probably launch Voice over LTE technology in the near future. But how will Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility position VoLTE when they launch the technology here?
Sprint today launched its new "Messaging Plus" app for Android and iOS phones. The app allows customers to communicate via text, instant messaging, group messaging and video chat, and share photos, videos and files, with any other mobile phone user in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Sprint and AT&T Mobility both appear to be preparing their networks for a launch of RCS-based messaging services, which the GSMA and some European carriers are promoting through the "joyn" brand. However, it remains unclear exactly how Sprint and AT&T will launch their respective services, and whether they too will offer them under the "joyn" brand.
BARCELONA, Spain--To help seed the market for Rich Communications Services (RCS), MetroPCS will enable its customers to invite friends and family to access the operator's joyn-branded services, regardless of which wireless network they are on.
South Korea's SK Telecom has signed on 1 million subscribers to its joyn.T integrated communication service, which launched at the end of last year.
The growing threat from over-the-top providers such as Netflix and YouTube has wireless operators on the defensive. Consumers are increasingly watching video content on their smartphones and tablets, rather than their TVs, and many are using services such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu to access that content.
MetroPCS said its deployment of Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand is humming along just fine. The comments are notable considering the technical difficulties Deutsche Telekom is experiencing in Germany that have forced the carrier to indefinitely delay launching joyn there.
Deutsche Telekom is indefinitely delaying the commercial launch of its Joyn RCS service after admitting that implementing the technology is taking much longer than originally expected.
Kineto Wireless took the wraps off its Smart Comms client application, which it contends will enable operators to better leverage standard Rich Communications Suite (RCS) technology to enhance their current offerings and deliver new chat, VoIP and video services.
SK Telecom will launch joyn-branded Rich Communication Services (RCS) before the end of this year as the South Korean operator joins a handful of others that have made the RCS plunge.