iMessage from iPod to iPhone overseas

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  1. macrumors member

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    I have recently upgraded to the IP5 from the IP4 and have converted the 4 into a iPod touch basically. I live in the U.S. and would like to give my 4 to my friend who lives in Germany.

    I am doing this with the hope that we can iMessage without problems. I understand she has to be on wifi to use iMessage, but must I also be on wifi at that same instant, or can I reply from anywhere using LTE also?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    You can be on LTE
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you.
    Also, should I text her, and she is not on wifi, will I get a notification saying the message was unable to send?
     
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    It will say "Not Delivered" by the message in red letters.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    And then once she connects to wifi, will it deliver or do I have to send it again?
     
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    I'm pretty sure that you will have to re-send it.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    In your scenario, you could also use Facebook Messenger (or another IM service). Advantages compared to iMessage:
    - messages will be accessible from any device
    - messages will be stored "in the cloud", so the message is delivered once your friend becomes available
    - if you feel like it you can even geo-tag your messages

    Once she's received your message, you'll get a read notification. The UI is also very similar to iMessage, so there's not really a drawback the way I see it.
     
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    deannnnn

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    I have a friend who is living overseas for a few months and we've been using iMessage to communicate. Problem is, sometimes iMessage doesn't work and my phone will automatically send the message as a text, which AT&T then charges me for. And I can't turn off the "send via SMS" option because I want it to automatically send failed iMessages via text to US recipients.

    Regardless, this won't happen in the OP's situation since you can't send an SMS to an iPod Touch.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all. We will experiment with both iMessage and Messenger and see which we prefer. :)
     
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    Remember that if you use iMessage and you don't want to risk incurring the expense of having the message sent as an SMS message if iMessage isn't available, you can turn OFF "Send As SMS' when iMessage is unavailable for any reason.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, but since the IP4 no longer would have a data plan on it, I would not have to worry about sending to it as text, correct?
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    Right but if you turn off the text option, then Apple will automatically store the iMessage until the recipient reconnects to the Internet.

    If you leave the option on, the phone will try to send it as a SMS eventually and then you will get an error msg because its not tied to a cell account, and no message sent.

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    Incorrect. As long as the send as text option is off, the iMessage server will store the msg and automatically forward it when the recipient reconnects to the Internet.

    The sender will see the msg status change to "delivered" when the recipient reconnects and the message is received.

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    It only says this when you have an error sending the msg. If the recipient phone is turned off, the iMessage server will store the msg and the status will change to "delivered" once it is actually delivered.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the information.

    Now, it seems like having the SMS option off is the way to go, but won't this interfere with the other texts I send within the States?
     
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    Mliii

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    Yes, in your situation, absolutely true. Just speaking to a potentially larger audience that might not be in the same boat as you. If you don't have a data plan, it won't go as a text message.
     
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    eelw

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    Instead of texting to the cell phone number, send iMessage using their Apple ID. This way it won't revert to SMS.
     

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