11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 6:23 AM by Suzanne515
Suzanne515 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have followed the instructions in setting up a global sim card. It was fairly easy after a few support phone calls.

http://http://www.telestial.com/userguides/ipad_data_userguide_en.pdf

 

However, I cannot seem to get the IPad to accept the international telephone number for

SMS texting. SMS texts are sent from various other devices to the IPad through the sim card, but I can't pick them up.

If you look at the Apple web site regarding iMessage, it seems to imply you can use an international telephone number.

Unfortunately, when you type in a number, the response is that it cannot validate the email.

Does anyone have a solution?   I also just recently updated the iOS to 6.1.


iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iOS 6.1
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,820 points)

    An iPad does not support SMS messaging which is strictly a voice cell technology. There are SMS apps in the iTunes Store but whether any of them work well I can't say.

     

    Regards.

  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)

    iMessage only works from one iOS or OSX user to another. I have numerous international numbers with whom I use Facetime and iMessage.

     

    As varjak paw said, SMS messaging is not supported by the iPad. There are several services that you can use to mimic SMS texting, but they cost money above and beyond the cost of your own service.

  • Suzanne515 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I got the impression from this Apple site that the iPad could support SMS with iOS 6.1

     

    http://http://www.apple.com/ios/messages/

     

    At another site it states that :

    If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5 or higher you can cut out the carrier cash grab and use iMessage to send absolutely free text (SMS) messages to anyone else who's also using a similar Apple devices.

     

    Ref: http://http://www.imore.com/how-send-imessage-your-ipad

     

    I need more detail. Are you saying you can, or can not text someone using your iPad either with iMessage or with SMS?

     

    Based on the problems I am encountering, I don't think you can SMS or iMessage anyone.

  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)

    Yes, it says precisely what I said. You can use iMessage to send text messages to anyone using Apple devices that have iMessage set up.

     

     

    I have been very clear, so have the links that you provided. Using iMessage, you can send messages to anyone with an iPad, iPhone, iPod or OSX (Mac) that has Messages or iMessage set up. You cannot send these messages to anyone else, including those who are using Android phones, Windows phones, Nokia phones, or whatever else is out there. It is an Apple only messaging system.

     

     

    An iPhone can send SMS text messages to whomever they want, since they are on the cellular system. They also can send iMessages which avoid the cost of SMS text messages.

     

     

    Is this not clear?

  • ckuan Level 7 Level 7 (24,695 points)

    iMessage uses the Internet (through Apple server) to send text, images and videos to another Apple device.

    If the recipient do not have an Apple device or it's not activated, it will fallback to SMS/MMS if the caller is an iPhone. An iPad is not a phone.

  • Suzanne515 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thks Orange, ck and vajak

     

    I think I get it now.  iMessage only works with the iPad if:

    a. you have iOS 5 or greater,

    b. you sign up to iMessage

    c. the people you send messages to are also signed up to iMessage.

     

    It seems to be similar to Viber or Magic Jack.

     

    Can anyone suggest how to test messaging if they have an iPad, not an iPhone?

  • ckuan Level 7 Level 7 (24,695 points)

    I think I get it now.  iMessage only works with the iPad if:

    a. you have iOS 5 or greater,

    b. you sign up to iMessage

    c. the people you send messages to are also signed up to iMessage.

     

    Your A,B and C are correct.

     

    It seems to be similar to Viber or Magic Jack.

     

    Yes, they all uses Internet, but the underlying technology is different.

    Furthermore iMessage it's free and it will sync across all your Apple devices.

     

    Can anyone suggest how to test messaging if they have an iPad, not an iPhone?


    You can use the Apple ID to activate your iPad's iMessage.

    Tell your friend with an Apple device to send you a message by using your e-mail address (instead of a phone number).

  • Suzanne515 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks ck,

     

    Last question I hope. I was trying to activate the iPad iMessage.

     

    Note how the settings for the IPad shows a  +1 (512) 555-1111 at ref below.

    Is this the phone number for the IPad SIM Card? or is it a clone number for this person's iPhone?

     

    I tried to use "Add another email..." using a telephone number, but it will not verify telephone numbers and leaves me with  <error>. It only seems to accept email addresses, not phone numbers.

    How did this iPad get a number for "You can be reached by iMessage at.." ?

    Ref:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5538

    Any ideas?

    iPad iMessage Settings.png

  • ckuan Level 7 Level 7 (24,695 points)

    Don''t know if the phone number in your iPad settings is your iPad cellular number. You have to call your carrier to comfirm. Anyway iPad uses the e-mail address for FaceTime.

    You cannot use a phone number to setup FaceTime on iPad.

    But you can make a FaceTime call to someone using his/her phone number provided it is an iPhone and FaceTime is configured.

  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)

    The phone number is associated with your iPhone, if you have an iPhone. If you do not have an iPhone, then there would be no phone number in that list.

     

    If you had an iPhone and set it up for iMessage, it automatically populates that number across all of your iDevices, including your iPad. When I got a new iPhone with a new phone number, I set it up with Messages. Immediately I opened up Messages on the Mac and on the iPad, and it asked me if I wanted to add my new phone number to the iMessage list. So, I have two emails (they're actually the same email, with just me.com and icloud.com) and my phone number.

     

    I can tell when someone is using Messages because when I'm typing the message to them, it is in blue. When someone isn't on messages (on my iPhone at least), it's in green.

     

    I hope this helps.

  • Suzanne515 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I don't have an iPhone, only an iPad with a +44 global phone number on the SIM card.

    I just found out that carriers lock the device to them when you initiate cellular services. It cost $50 to get them to unlock the device. I think this is why I am having texting set up difficulties on my iPad.

     

    I bought the iPad thinking it was unlocked! I didn't realize all North American cellular service providers lock devices to them without telling you. Is this something everyone knows?

     

    Thanks again for your feedback.

     

    Cheers.