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Can i iChat someone who is using iMessage?

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Mar 24, 2013 11:21 PM

My mom is going to travel outside our country. She has a MacBook Air (smallest size) and I have an iPhone 4.. So I was wondering whether she can iChat me while i'm using iMessage? Is it possible? And I was wondering if we could video call each other.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Mar 25, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to Asilah)



    If you have just an iPhone 4 then you an only iMessage.

    It will then depend which OS she has.

    If she has Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.x) then she will have the Mac version of Messages which will have iMessages capabilities.


    If she has an earlier OS then she could AIM or Jabber IM you if you had a suitable App on your iPhone or logged in with Safari.

    You would both need either AIM valid Names or Jabber based ones.


    Although Apple IDs issued from Apple (those ending in, and are valid AIM screen Names the last two issued via iCloud cannot be used outside of iChat 6 or Messages due to the way the app logs in to Apple as well as AIM to confirm that AIM can "read" the password.

    This stops the use of other AIM client apps or web Browser logins.


    Google email IDs ending in or are valid Jabber ID s once you enable "Talk" on your Google settings.

    Facebook IDs and enabling "Chat" are also Jabber IDs



    In Snow Leopard  (OS X 10.6.x) you can download the FaceTime App  which would allow you to Video between the iPhone and the Mac.

    That also applies to Lion and Mountain Lion that have the FaceTime App included.




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