How to Setup RCS Messaging with Message Central

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Aayush Bangali

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April 23, 2024

Why You Should Use RCS?

Key Takeaways

  1. RCS which stands for Rich Communication Services aims at replacing text messages with the one having multimedia capabilities
  2. The goal of RCS is to have standardized messaging with capabilities of also sending images and videos along with texts
  3. You can get in touch with the team at Message Central to setup your RCS services
  4. Using RCS has multiple beenfits including enhanced messaging features, better analytics, end to end encryption for security etc.
  5. SMS uses cellular network while RCS uses a WiFi to go through. There are multiple such differences

What is RCS?

RCS, or Rich Communication Services, aimed at replacing SMS/ text messages with a richer text message system with multimedia capabilities. It is essentially a communication protocol between mobile telephone carriers and between phone and carrier.  

RCS provides a richer, more interactive experience that includes features such as read receipts, typing indicators, media sharing, and location sharing, much like modern instant messaging apps. This gets combined with the reach of SMS.  

The development of RCS began in 2007 as part of an initiative by the GSM Association (GSMA), a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. The goal was to create a standardized messaging service that could offer more multimedia capabilities across carriers and devices on the mobile network.

Setup RCS with Message Central

Message Central is a CPaaS solution offering multiple channels for business communications. While SMS and WhatsApp have already gained momentum, RCS is still new in the communication space.  

Message Central is one of the pioneers in this technology leading to better adoption of the channel across geographies. You can get in touch with the team to get started with RCS. With Message Central, you will: -

  1. Get 24/7 customer support
  2. Assistance with setup regulations
  3. A dedicated account manager

Why RCS?

Infographic Showing Why RCS by Message Central.
  1. Enhanced Messaging Features: RCS allows businesses to send more than just text. They can include high-resolution photos, video, audio, and rich card messages directly within a messaging app. This multimedia capability makes it easier to showcase products, explain services, and enhance overall customer interaction.
  2. Improved Customer Engagement: With features like read receipts and typing indicators, businesses can see when messages are read and customers are responding, allowing for more timely and dynamic conversations. This makes customer service more responsive and interactive.

WhatsApp is also an emerging OTT channel for business communication which has very high conversion rates. You can also refer to our article on example of WhatsApp broadcast message.  

  1. Branding Opportunities: RCS messages can be branded with a company’s logo and color scheme, which helps maintain brand identity and trust in communications. This consistent branding across messages reinforces company recognition. The same is marked by a green tick symbol on WhatsApp.  
  2. Richer Analytics: RCS provides businesses with detailed analytics on message delivery and interaction. This data can be used to improve marketing strategies, refine messaging effectiveness, and better understand customer needs.
  3. Automation and Integration: RCS supports chatbots and automated replies, which can handle customer inquiries without human intervention, streamlining operations and reducing costs. It also integrates seamlessly with existing business messaging platforms and CRM systems.
  4. Increased Security: RCS includes built-in security features like end-to-end encryption, offering safer communications for businesses and consumers alike, which is crucial for exchanging sensitive information.


The major difference between RCS and SMS from a marketing perspective is that RCS can include multi media content.  
Operationally, SMS messages are sent using the cellular network while RCS uses WiFi. There are cases where SMS is sent over WiFi too, but generally SMS uses cellular network.

There are also other differences based on the character limit, read receipts, encryption, group chat etc. You can read more about the same in our detailed guide on RCS vs SMS message.


RCS has been pioneered by major telecommunications operators and has received support from a broad range of stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem, including device manufacturers and software developers.  

Key players like Google have also been instrumental in its promotion and integration into Android operating systems, which has significantly helped in its adoption and rollout across different networks and regions.  

RCS technology is seen as an evolution in how mobile users communicate, aiming to provide a unified, rich, and interoperable messaging experience across all devices and networks.

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