RCS Advanced Messaging

RCS is here

Rich Communication Services (RCS) Advanced Messaging network standards let you chat and share larger files with more people* than ever before, up to 100 group chat participants. Send image, video, and other files up to 100MB in size.

We’re excited to begin featuring the Messages by Google application on new Android 12 OS and above devices.** This will offer RCS technology from the Cricket network to a growing list of popular smartphones from Samsung and more; and soon, deliver RCS features that function between the major U.S wireless carriers.

*With other eligible Advanced Messaging-capable smartphones.

**Available on select new Android smartphones with Android 12 OS launching on or after April 1, 2022.

What You Need to Know About Advanced Messaging

Advanced Messaging is the Cricket next-generation RCS messaging service that allows you to send high-resolution photos and larger video files, up to 100MB per attachment, with group chats up to 100 participants. That makes messaging with your friends and family even better. Wondering if your friend got your message? With Advanced Messaging, you can see when your message was delivered, when it was read, and even when someone is typing a response.

The best part is that you don’t have to download an app, manage a separate account, or keep track of another password. To use it, you and the person you’re messaging needs to have a phone that’s compatible with Advanced Messaging. Note: You'll need to download the latest software updates first.

How to Use Advanced Messaging

Advanced Messaging can be used anywhere as long as you’re on Cricket’s Great Big Network. But using Advanced Messaging internationally is not available at this time.

You can use Advanced Messaging if you and the people you’re messaging with:

  • Have phones and services that are compatible with Advanced Messaging
  • Have the Enhanced 4G LTE Services setting on your phone “on”
  • Do not have a conflicting feature on your account. If you have one of these features, remove them from your account for Advanced Messaging to work:
    • SMS or MMS blocks you have added to your account.
    • Data blocks you have added to your account.

How to Manage Advanced Messaging

You can manage Advanced Messaging, including turning it off, in the Messaging settings menu. In the phone’s messaging app, go to Settings and tap Advanced Messaging to turn Advanced Messaging on or off.

For Messages by Google, please see their Messages support for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Advanced Messaging

Advanced Messaging is only available on select Android smartphones and may not be compatible with certain rate plans. To enjoy the benefits of Advanced Messaging, you and the person you’re messaging will need Advanced Messaging-capable devices. The ability to share fields up to 100MB, along with group messages with up to 100 participants, will vary depending on the smartphones being used.
Nothing! Advancing Messaging is included in your service on all of our current rate plans.
Yes! You can send group Advanced Messages as long as everyone in your group meets the requirements for Advanced Messaging.
Go to the menu within your Messaging settings, click Advanced Messaging, and turn off Read Receipts. For Messages by Google, please see their Messages support for more information.
RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and is a set of technology rules and global standards that offer even more powerful Advanced Messaging possibilities. Cricket network smartphones that support RCS have the most feature-rich Advanced Messaging capabilities.
Yes! The Advanced Messaging enhancements being introduced to Android smartphones adhere to RCS standards. Cricket has made a number of network updates to support Advanced Messaging. As mobile carriers work to roll out RCS on devices within their networks, the goal is to have these new messaging enhancements work between carriers. Advanced Messaging: Both sender & recipient(s) must be Cricket customers with Advanced Messaging-capable devices that are turned on, utilizing the most recent device software, and within Cricket’s on-network domestic coverage area. Req’s HD Voice; see cricketwireless.com/hd-voice. Advanced Messaging is not compatible with certain rate plans. File attachments must be 100MB or less, dependent on the device and firmware version being used. Advanced Messaging will not work if messaging or data has been blocked on your line.
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