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SMS vs Texting? I'm confused =(

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Raishi, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Hello, iPhone nub here.

    I've had my iPhone for a few months now and I herd/saw people on blogs/forums/videos people talking about SMS. Now I have this app on my iPhone that it came with, known as: "Messages" with the little blank word bubble. I have seen screen shots of SMS and it looks the exact same? so... is there a difference?
    Is SMS better for some reason? I don't quite understand. someone willing to explain please =3?

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  2. macrumors Nehalem


    SMS is the application that lets you text. They're the same thing in layman's terms.
  3. macrumors member

    So... no point in me getting SMS right?
  4. macrumors demi-god


    You already have "it." They're the exact same thing. Just two different words that both refer to the same app/service.
  5. macrumors 65816


  6. macrumors Nehalem


    SMS is merely the application. Texting is more of a slang term used across the board. It is Short Message Service aka Texting. Both 160 character limit on non-smart phones and all that jazz.
  7. macrumors 65816


  8. macrumors member

    If I remember right the app was called SMS till 3.0 and then after that it became Messages, maybe due to the fact that was when picture messaging was activated?
  9. macrumors 65816


    Yes, it used to say sms below the icon, it changed once mms came to the iPhone.
  10. macrumors 65816


    The US has always been behind the rest of the world when it comes to SMSing. The US also uses texting instead of SMS.

    I've been back in the US for more than 3 years after spending almost 9 in SE Asia and I still call it SMS 90% of the time.

    Next episode, we'll get into the Metric system.
  11. M-5
    macrumors 6502a


    SMS - Short Message Service
    MMS - Multimedia Messaging Service

    The early iPhone firmwares had the icon that said "SMS" because it was limited to sending only text messages to your contacts. When Apple updated the app to allow sending photos, audio messages, video etc. they changed it to just say "Messages"
  12. macrumors Nehalem


    Lol :D
  13. macrumors 6502a


    ^^Come on people, really? Don't act like you knew it all along...we all gotta start somewhere. OP did say he was a noob...:rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 603


  15. macrumors 68020


    Actually, he said he was a "nub". LMAO :D

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