Is imessage free to Ireland from UK?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    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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    R.Stoychev

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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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    OllyW

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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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    Nermal

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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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    virginblue4

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    The iPhone 3GS also has iMessage.

    In answer to your question, yes it's free.
     
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    eyoungren

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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.

    Blue, you're good, green you aren't.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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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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    coffeemadmanUK

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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!
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Yes. In the message setting, set it to off where it says 'send as SMS'.
     
  13. macrumors member

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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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    iOS 5 supported the 3GS
     
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    eyoungren

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    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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