Messaging without AT&T SMS charges?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by TahoeGuy, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Can anyone tell me definitively whether messaging applications such as AIM make use of AT&T's SMS service? I count myself among the many who were disappointed that AT&T didn't include any SMS messages in the new 3G packages, so I'd like to find a messaging solution that won't result in me paying $.20 every time I send or receive a message. There seem to be several messaging applications, but to the novice, it's not clear which will result in an AT&T charge and which are totally free. Thanks in advance!!!
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    I think the AIM client can send SMS messages to other phones and it'll be charged to your data, since we have unlimited data on iPhones it should be free.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    I can't wait until everyone just transitions to mobile e-mail, then there will be no need to SMS. Unfortunately, that will be a couple of years.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    This has been answered dozens of times...but AIM app does NOT use SMS, it uses data. You can use AIM to send free SMS messages.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    OMFG Y Won't u JUST READ THE FREAKING FORUM PEOPLE! THIS IS THE 3rd post. Can a Mod please delete this or close this!! :mad:
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Cupertino, California
    I'm assuming sending an SMS is free but receiving still costs money?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    There is a free service that lets you send sms messages through e-mail and then e-mails you there response back so you can avoid using actual SMS's entirely. The name is slipping from me at the moment.

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