Being charged for iMessages

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Darrent54, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Darrent54 macrumors member

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    Have noticed I've been charges for a few iMessages. As when sending a link. Anyone help?
     
  2. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Charged from whom ? Sure you didn't send an SMS ?
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    You can't be charged for iMessages (blue), only text messages (green). The only charge you have regarding iMessages is your data plan which covers all Internet usage on your device.
     
  4. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Settings > Messages > Send as SMS...

    ... consider turning that off.
     
  5. tygrubb macrumors regular

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    Probably some random bug in the iMessage service.

    A week or so ago every iMessage between one of my friends and I always double-sent as an iMessage and as a regular SMS. Went away after a few days on its own. Thankfully I didn't go over my texting plan limit, but it was worrisome.

    Maybe something similar is happening to you?
     
  6. Darrent54 thread starter macrumors member

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    I am on unlimited Internet. I checked my bill and its charged me for a multi iMessage to a few friends. Also I sent my wife an iMessage via her email and got changed for that. I have now disabled iMessage and mms
     
  7. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    You haven't been charged for iMessages.
     
  8. Resist macrumors 68030

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    The OP is confused about how iMessage works.

    When using the iPhone Messages app anytime your sent messages are showing in a blue bubble and the text line you type in says "iMessage", then they are free. But if your they are in a green bubble and the text line says "Text Message", then they are sent as regular SMS text messages and subject to your carrier's billing plan.

    Now I have had situations where a message I sent was initially shown as an iMessage, but within seconds changed to a regular SMS text.
     
  9. Knockoutjosie macrumors 6502

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    Shouldn't iMessages suppose to be free :eek:

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    Shouldn't iMessages be free :eek:
     
  10. L-Tuned macrumors regular

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    yeah I am sure he's confused. It's my coworker who turned off her iMessage and sent me a couple of text (green) and I told her don't send me no more until you turn "blue" and he was like "what's the difference?" lmao
     
  11. tygrubb macrumors regular

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    As others have pointed out several times already, It seems people may be thinking that they are sending iMessages and either a) it's really a regular text and they don't know the difference, or b) the iMessage service is failing somehow and sending as an SMS instead.

    I personally have noticed an error where my messages were sent both as iMessages and as regular SMS texts. The iMessages didn't count against my txt limit, but the actual texts did. Yes, I was sending and receiving duplicates--and had I already gone over my texting plan limit, I would have been charged for those duplicate SMS texts. I suspect something similar is happening to OP.

    This was obviously some error in the iMessage service. It is notorious for weird problems such as this. Until Apple fixes it on their end, there's not much any of us can do.

    The moral of the story is that Apple is not very experienced with the cloud and online services, and until they hire or otherwise buy that experience and totally re-vamp their back-end, we're going to see weird ***** like this and we'll just have to live with it.

    With the recent management shake-up, I'm very optimistic about this stuff getting sorted out in the near future.
     

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