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 continue featuring the Messages by Google application on new Android 12 OS and above devices.** This offers RCS technology from the Cricket network to a growing list of popular smartphones from Samsung and more; and is now starting to deliver RCS features that function between many major U.S, and international wireless carriers.

*With other eligible RCS-capable smartphones.

**Available on 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.

With Messages by Google application, your one-to-one RCS chat messages and file transfers are now encrypted, for additional privacy and security.* Group message encryption will become available at a later date.

*Requires message participants to all be using the Messages by Google application.

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:

  • Are a Cricket customer
  • Have an Advanced Messaging (RCS) capable device
  • Are within Cricket-owned and operated network coverage
  • 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. We continue to bring RCS to devices within our network, and provide RCS interconnectivity between major mobile carriers.
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