Cancel Texting Plan, only use iMessage

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by warrenal, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. warrenal macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    I couldn't find a thread on cancelling your texting plan and only using iMessage. The majority of my friends have iPhone. But for those that don't, I will communicate via email. Has anyone done this successfully?

    Also, is there anyway to set it up where those without iMessage can have their incoming text sent to my email address so I can respond via email but they can continue to use it as a text?

    Any help or thought discussion would be great!
  2. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    I have not personally done this so I can't provide much insight other than that I don't know of a way to re-route texts to email. If there is no such way (others weighing in may have a solution) and depending on your carrier, you could be charged $0.20 to $0.30 per text, depending on whether is an SMS or MMS.
  3. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I have done part of what you're saying.

    I use iMessage exclusively and have my text plan cancelled. I also have a block on all incoming and outgoing texts to prevent me from being billed. Works perfect. I send as many iMessages as I want and receive for free.

    For everyone else I use the google voice app. Gives you a new number you can send receive txts at for free.

    As far as the email to text part. I'm pretty sure you can text to an email address from directly within the text app depending on your phone. You'd receive an email from phonenumber@carrier.etc.. some format like that.
  4. warrenal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    But you can turn off texting in your iPhone settings so you wouldn't be charged for any incoming SMS, right?


    Thanks. How did you block on all incoming and outgoing texts to prevent me from being billed?
  5. outz macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    you can tell the messages apps to only send as an imessage, but that doesn't stop incoming sms... for at&t i had to call them and ask to have all incoming/outgoing sms blocked.

    i did the same as the other poster... blocked sms, use imessage, and gv for those that don't have imessage.
  6. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    I'd just like to mention that there are apps such as Yahoo messenger which will sent free SMS messages. (YM can also send instant messages across different platforms)

    I believe you have to tell you carrier to block the messages. At least that's what I had to do with Verizon.
  7. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    I actually did the opposite and added text back to my plan so i didn't have to text the same person from two different apps when imessages don't go through. switching between the messaging app and the GV app got tiresome really fast.
  8. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    When you cancel your text plan just tell them to add:

    Text Message Opt-Out
    Picture/Video Message Opt-Out

    Make sure they add the picture/video message opt-out as well as these are separate and would be more costly than a text message when not having a plan.
  9. vettori macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Italy, near Venice
    This usually requires MMS however !
  10. techiegirl macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    I turned off "send as SMS" if iMessages isn't available. I also cancelled our family text messaging and changed to $5, 250 text package for 2 of our 5 lines. The other 3 lines, I have text messaging blocked.

    I'm using Google Voice app to send texts out and replies go to my email.
  11. beatlehead84 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2011
    Or depending on how many texts you receive, keep the texts on and pay per text. I still like to have the option to use sms and it's far cheaper to pay by the text for me than buying a plan. With iMessages I'll probably pay $3 a month now, if even that.
  12. Ruckus09 macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    But if you have a small data plan, wont imessage use a lot of your data? I have the 300mb package.
  13. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Nah, the average iMessage is only a few KiloBytes. You would need to send thousands in order to see any kind of dent in your data plan.

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