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HT2515 Is it possible to use iChat on an iPhone?

1200 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2012 2:17 PM by Ralph Johns (UK) RSS
WT_Rudi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 15, 2012 12:38 PM

Is it possible to chat with a Mac with an iPhone (over iMessage for example)?

Thanks for help

  • Ho Lee MACkeral Level 4 Level 4 (1,880 points)
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    Feb 15, 2012 12:44 PM (in response to WT_Rudi)

    What you want is FaceTime.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Feb 15, 2012 1:55 PM (in response to WT_Rudi)

    Hi,

     

    I have not tried this but...

     

    In iChat if the computer is set so that it thinks it is in the United States AND the Buddy has a Phone in the United States that uses a carrier that allows AOL to forward SMS messages (and they have an iPhone) it should be possible to have the message appear in iMessage.

     

    Start with System Preferences > International (OS X 10.6.x) or Language an Text in Lion.

    In the Format tab chose the United States.

    This will show the SMS option in iChat.

     

    Add Buddy's Cell Phone Number preceded by a + symbol (+123456789)

    This number HAS to be in the States.

    It also has to be with a carrier that is getting incoming SMS from AIM/AOL  (Not all of them do).

     

    AIM/AOL have never rolled out SMS forwarding to the rest of the world.

    I could not say how many US carriers actually do this.

     

    In practical terms the percentage is so small that it is impractical to think it will work.

     

     


    9:55 PM      Wednesday; February 15, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 2:17 PM (in response to WT_Rudi)

    I see you found the beta.

     

    I find it works OK.

     

    Some iChat Theatre items have changed:-

    Albums and Slide shows can not be chosen or dragged to the Video Chat

    Can only be chosen from the + icon in the Video chat (No Menu items for it)

    Events get shown as Slideshows
    Faces can be used  (I Presume Places as well)

     

    Using iChat Buddy Lists for Video means 3 and 4 ways can still be done

    Where as the Video icon on the Messages window launches FaceTime.

    Messages

     

     


    10:17 PM      Thursday; February 16, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

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