RCS is a terrible messaging standard because it is dependent on a carrier phone bill. It's anti-internet and should not be promoted or advocated for. My Verizon bill is not my identity. Apple lock-in is bad, and the solution is carrier lock-in? Nah.

Jan 10, 2022 · 11:14 PM UTC

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RCS was designed by the carriers to give the carriers more control over messaging. The solution is to build something without them and stop using SMS. This is what the rest of the world does.
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RCS is carrier lock-in because it makes a carrier number your identity, which is tied to a bill. Other services make email the basis of your identity. Email is free. They don't take your identity if you stop paying a bill. Email identity works from non-phone devices.
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Imagine you can't afford a phone or can only afford intermittent phone service. Phone identity locks you out of a service. With email identity, you can go to a library and sign up for the service. You can use it on a friend's device. You can use it at a public internet kiosk.
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There are zero benefits to phone identity over email. There are tons of benefits to email identity. There is no reason to involve carrier billing in your identity.
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Replying to @RonAmadeo
So... I have questions... 1) how is it carrier lock-in ? 2) given it uses internet standards, and the servers are on the internet, how is it anti internet? 3) How does it depend on your phone bill?
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I'm with Three UK. My phone number was brought to Three from O2 back in 2007. This is my phone number I take it with me as I change carriers. This is available in most of the world. It's not our fault people in the US have terrible carriers.
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Replying to @RonAmadeo
I understand your point, but "carrier lock-in" is not the best term. RCS is not tied to a single carrier and does not prevent you from switching carriers.
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It doesn't lock you to a specific carrier, but it locks you to carriers.
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Replying to @RonAmadeo
How is it worse than SMS? I still have to pay my carrier for the service and can port my number to any carrier. I would prefer to have an updated standard than continue down the road we are on.
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