Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2012 12:58 PM (in response to Rysz)
iMessages go over the internet, so they do use up your data plan.
Unless you are on an iPhone sending iMessages to non-iOS users and sending them as SMS. Then they are text messages and not data.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2012 1:01 PM (in response to Rysz)
If you're paying for an "unlimited" text plan and a "limited" data plan, there is no advantage for you in using iMessage. Use regulat text messages.
Unless you want to send text messages to iPad users. They won't get regular SMS text messages.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 11, 2012 2:16 PM (in response to DarrylW64)
I know this is a late entry, but wanted to let you know this feature is useful. I bought my girlfriend in the Philippines a 4S. She has unlimited data on Globe Telecom as so do I on AT&T. Before I would have to pay international text charges. Now our texts to each other are free.
It also comes in handy when I am on my unlocked iPhone I use while in the Philippines. Most of my friends and family have iOS 5 devices, so this as well as Facetime helps with communication back home.
So there you go I have good use for it as an international traveller.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 28, 2012 6:28 PM (in response to DarrylW64)
Actually this can be fixed if you don't want to do Imessage (which doesn't seem to be optionable) just turn off your celluar data thing. That's what I did and then it switched to text message mode.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to LuluP6894)
iMessage does use data, that's why it was created. Some people do not have unlimited texting, and being able to send a message to another iOS 4+ user over the web is the premise behind iMessage. Text messages do take very little data to transmit, and if you have a WiFi connection, then it is free (it will NOT use your cell phone's data plan).
People who do not have an iOS 4+ device get your messages from iMessage via SMS.
When I am at work, I use my company's WiFi connection to send/receive messages, check email, etc. to preserve my data plan. When I am at home, I use my home WiFi connection to do the same. If I am in an area where WiFi is available, I connect to it to save data usage on my plan. If all else fails, then I use my 3G connection.
Hope this helps clarify things for everyone.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to djstevehavoc)
"People who do not have an iOS 4+ device get your messages from iMessage via SMS"
To be correct, people using a phone which is not an iPhone using iOS 4 or later, will get an SMS.
iPads and iPod touchs will not get SMS nor will anyone without an actual cell phone data plan.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to Chris CA)
That is true.
Should have stated it as:
"People who do not have an iOS 4+ device will not get an iMessage. If they have a phone, they will get an SMS. If not, they will get nothing."
Sorry if it caused any confusion
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to djstevehavoc)
I wasn't using iMessage and somehow it got turned on when I upgraded to IO6. I texted my hubby (who had iMessage turned off) and he didn't get anything untl I turned iMessage off again. (we were both in the car - just sending him a reminder for later - we are not that geeky)
My question is, how does your phone determine that the person you ar iMessaging has the correct device to receive an iMessage? Just keep trying until it is received?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to Krishelle)
The phone should initially try to send it via iMessage. If it cannot, it should be sending it via SMS.
I was working a party on Saturday night and was messaging a friend who has an iPhone 4 from Sprint. One of my messages could not be delivered via iMessage, and it automagically tried it as a SMS and it went through.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2012 12:52 PM (in response to Jerome Del Ray)
There's an app for that. (: Some 3rd party apps for iMessage are compatible with Android and Symbian. I happened to read this when I was researching iMessage earlier. Check out this CNET article.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2012 3:30 PM (in response to Brent M.)
Brent M. wrote:
There's an app for that. (: Some 3rd party apps for iMessage are compatible with Android and Symbian.
That would be "some 3rd party apps as an alternative to iMessage are also compatible with Android and Symbian"
This allows iOS users to connect with other platforms since other platforms do not have iMessage.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2013 11:48 AM (in response to Brekay)
Blue bubbles = iMessage = no SMS usage. Data only. Even if she is out of the country.
However, keep in mind that there is a setting that will forward as SMS if iMessage isn't working. You may want to turn that off if you're concerned about her SMS usage.