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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:24 AM   #1
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Is imessage free to Ireland from UK?

I'm travelling from the UK to Ireland today, is iMessage free wherever you are providing the other person has an iPhone?
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:32 AM   #3
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If they have an iphone 4 and above. I don't believe the older iphones work with imessages as far as being free.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:36 AM   #4
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Both phones also need to be picking up 3G or wi-fi. If not it will default to standard messaging and you could be charged.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 02:43 AM   #5
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You'll still be charged roaming rates if you're using the 3G connection in Ireland. You'll need to use Wi-Fi for it to be completely free.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 05:23 AM   #6
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If they have an iphone 4 and above. I don't believe the older iphones work with imessages as far as being free.
The iPhone 3GS also has iMessage.

In answer to your question, yes it's free.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 05:28 AM   #7
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As said you be charged for data.
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Southern or Northern Ireland?
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I'm in the US. I use iMessage to text a friend in Birmingham, England and another friend in Marybourough, Australia. It's free and I've done it on a 3GS running iOS 5 and 6. And it's still free using my iPhone 5.

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I'm in the US. I use iMessage to text a friend in Birmingham, England and another friend in Marybourough, Australia. It's free and I've done it on a 3GS running iOS 5 and 6. And it's still free using my iPhone 5.

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If he's going from the UK to Ireland if it uses roaming data then blue will incur a data charge. However if he is using WiFi or will be in Northern Ireland (as it's part of the UK) then there wont be a charge.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 10:30 AM   #11
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On that note - is it possible to prevent a failed iMessage from being sent as a text? I have spent a fair bit of money having random iMessages to Australia decide to get sent as a text and cost me!
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On that note - is it possible to prevent a failed iMessage from being sent as a text? I have spent a fair bit of money having random iMessages to Australia decide to get sent as a text and cost me!
Yes. In the message setting, set it to off where it says 'send as SMS'.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 10:36 AM   #13
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I'm in the US and keep trying to use iMessage with my friend in the UK and she gets charged for ones she sends but I don't (these are blue iMessages, not green text messages) ... any explanations or fixes?
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If they have an iphone 4 and above. I don't believe the older iphones work with imessages as far as being free.
iOS 5 supported the 3GS
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If he's going from the UK to Ireland if it uses roaming data then blue will incur a data charge. However if he is using WiFi or will be in Northern Ireland (as it's part of the UK) then there wont be a charge.
Thanks. I should have mentioned that the iPhone 3GS is WiFi only and my iPhone 5 is on an unlimited data plan. Sorry!

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I'm in the US and keep trying to use iMessage with my friend in the UK and she gets charged for ones she sends but I don't (these are blue iMessages, not green text messages) ... any explanations or fixes?
Are you on WiFi and your friend not? See here.
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