Photo via RCS using Google messages

In Computer Active, they suggest going to Google Messages  app, message settings, then RCS chats, turn on ZCS chats and make sure AUTOMATICALLY RESEND AS A TEXT, is switched off to stop you being charged when RCS isn't available.

But there's no mention if the recipient is charged whether or not they have RCS enabled when my photo arrives with them.

Anyone know please?


  • Neil_Jones
    Neil_Jones Posts: 8,806
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    The recipient won't be charged for the message itself but may be charged for the data of the photo when it gets downloaded, which is no different to anything you send regardless of how you send it.

    RCS after all is just SMS Texts on steroids with extra bells and whistles, and trying to pretend its WhatsApp/iMessages...
  • PHK
    PHK Posts: 1,141
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    edited 24 October 2023 at 1:51PM
    RCS is not connected to SMS, that's MMS.

    RCS is an encrypted messaging service similar to WhatsApp etc.

    To the OP, if the recipient does not have RCS or chat as they now call it. Your messaging app will say Text Message not Chat Mesage before you start typing. If you try to attach a photo it will ask if you want to switch to MMS which will cost you to send but are free to receive on all UK networks .
  • Thank you. I have now reversed into my previous messaging service. 
  • cerebus
    cerebus Posts: 518
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    Just continue using WhatsApp

    Much easier to use what everybody else has on their phone........

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