You say all your settings are correct so I am assuming that in settings/messages you have imessage turned on. I also assume that you have a data plan with your carrier because data is used for imessage when you are not on wifi. I guess you have cellular data turned on in settings/general then cellular
I think it easy to say that the IOS 6 is a massive failure. Mine will now and then loose the setting. it will forget my number and I have to reenter it again.
Some times it looks like it is working but it's not. Hard to explain what the problem could be.
If Apple would just start addressing some of all the issues with this IOS or let us use the working ios 5.1.1
Think it is time for Apple to start communicating with us users and not just with there stock holders.
Please use the black hole :
and call them :
U.S. iPhone technical support:
(800) MY-IPHONE (800-694-7466)
My friends do have iMessage set up, and turned on.
I just wasn't sure if it was an issue between me and AUSTRALIA? Doesn't seem to be the problem, since I can't get anything but a green text message bubble from me at any time.
I have called Apple. They had me do a complete restore, that took hours, and didn't seem to fix it.
The biggest bummer is that I got this phone to help me save money, specifically on this. My phone bill is even higher now, since I thought the international texts were free, and are now being billed. ugh.
I wish Apple could give me a straight answer on what the real issue is.
Thanks for the input!
if we cannot figure it out very soon, I unfortunately will be returning this iPhone, and getting a different new phone.
So bummed, since I've always wanted an iPhone. I was planning to get an iPad very soon, but now I'm almost too scared to invest in that, if it doesn't work correctly either.
What's the point of having all of these fabulous "features" if they don't work correctly or consistently?
The 4s is basicly the same phone.
Ok there are some differences, it's a bit shorter a bit thicker and a bit slower. Nothing you will regret.
You will also have a working map by Google on it. You will be happy with this map.
As of how you will know if it's running 5.1.1, just ask the store. But I don't think you can buy a 4S that already has ios 6 installed.
But this I'm not sure of. Best of luck.
Okay for iMessage issues there are a few reasons why it might not operate well.
First off all you need to make sure you don't have any restrictions set for iMessage or Facetime... you can access these options in Settings > Restrictions.
Make sure you have iMessage activated, and it isn't displaying "Waiting for activation".
Make sure your internet connection is solid.
Make sure, of course, that iMessage is turned on.
Make sure that your "recieve at" address in your settings for iMessage is your phone number and not your Apple ID.
Make sure that your time and date is set to "set automatically".
If all these things check out, try a reset of your phone.
If the issue persists, reset your network settings.
If the issue continues to persist, try a backup and restore of the device.
If the issue is still constant after a backup and restore, call AppleCare on 1300 321 456 and tell them that you have done this troubleshooting and the issue is still persisting.
You will more than likely, at this point, either begin discussions with the advisor about hardware service options, at the very least they will probably pass you on to a senior advisor.
Hope this helps!