Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to iWert)
You can't (currently). If you want to have your conversations across mulitple devices, just use your Apple ID as caller ID on each device (or another email you've regestered).
For Apple to allow this for phone numbers they would have to do a similar confirmation system (as they do for adding email addresses) but would also have to either a) let people be confused why their "normal" sms/mms message don't come into their linked devices or b) integreate the sms/mms portion with all their carriers. So I doubt we'll see it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to DigitalAddict)
I agree with you. But I do think apple could do it in a way that would allow you to link an iMessage Mac or iPad client with an iMessage phone number. A simple code sent to the phone that you enter into the Mac or iPad or iPod Touch would do the trick.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2012 3:44 PM (in response to DigitalAddict)
I think iMessage Beta is a cool program with one major problem...Out of my couple hundred contacts, how am I supposed to know which ones are ipad/iphone users? I can think of a few off the top of my head.
Is there a way in address book/contacts that distinguishes IOS users vs. non?
If not, it makes the product a bit usesless. If I want to send out texts from my mac using the program, it's pretty much trial and error without a usable contact list.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2012 2:31 AM (in response to ecloudid)
You don't have to know which ones are iPad/iPhone users. Just send the message normally. Apple's software knows whether they can receive iMessages or not, and if not it will send a normal SMS to their telephone number.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2012 3:23 AM (in response to Chris Habig)
If your using iMessage on an iPhone the comment about the system defaulting to SMS to send the message is 100% correct.
Unforuntly if your sending from an iPad/iPod Touch or a Mac the system has no ability to switch to SMS so you will just get an error when you try to send a message to someone who is not using iMessage.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 5:11 AM (in response to DigitalAddict)
So, it i want to use Messages on my iMac, i have to ask my contacts to add my apple ID in my profile. That's not very comfortabe.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 8:30 AM (in response to iWert)
You can use any e-mail address (that you have access to) as an iMessage id for people to contact. You just have to go through the one time e-mail verification for the address.
You can add extra address(es) via iPhone/iPad via Settings > Messages > Receive At...
or in Mac Messages via Preferences > Accounts> your iMessage account.
So you can add a common e-maill address, that people already use to contact you, and use that for conversations on all your devices if you want them linked. You'd just need to remember to set the "Caller ID" on each to that common e-mail as well. Or you can separate the devices by not letting them all receive a common address or share the same caller id.
It's actually pretty flexible. Where most people seem to come into trouble is regarding their iPhone phone number as a iMessage ID. It's not possible to add that numerical phone number for reception on any device other then the phone itself. It's not that it would be hard for Apple to verify it in some way, I think the bigger problem comes in that the phone number also receives traditional TXT and MMS messages which don't come through Apple's iMessage system at all. People would expect these to be sent everywhere as well since they appear in the Messages app on the phone. So they would either have to integrate that with each carrier, or make the app on the phone help with the relaying. (which I'm guessing may even be against the carrier's terms of service)
Anyways... it's a pretty nice addition imo. Sending a quick picture or video across family devices and desktops, or even sending a quick PDF to my own phone on the way out the door. And of course the price is right.