The three major carriers in China, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, held an online press conference on Wednesday, April 4 to jointly release the “5G Messages” feature. According to reports, the 5G messaging service an upgrade of the native basic Short Message Service (SMS).
The online conference was also represented by 11 companies such as Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, Lenovo, ZTE and Meizu. All these entities gave a positive opinion on this new message dynamic.
For individual users, “5G Messages” will break the length limit of each message in traditional SMS.
It also supports multiple media formats, including text, pictures, audio, video, emoticons, and contacts. Support online messages and offline messages, and can provide users with message status reports and history management.
In addition, “5G Messages” brings a brand-new human-computer interaction mode. In this window, users can complete a one-stop service experience such as service search, discovery, interaction, and payments.
According to Huawei, the company will begin testing 5G Messages as of April 10 and expects to commercially launch the service in June 2020.
ZTE has also helped China Mobile successfully launch the first test of this service, based on the GSMA UP2.4 standard in Hangzhou. Thus, and according to the company, this first phase starts the countdown to the commercialization of these messages.