Data must be ON to send texts?

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  1. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

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    Would their be any reason why, at times, I must have data ON to send texts? Usually, I can turn data OFF and have texts sent. I thought texting were part of the voice plan which would not require data - strange.
     
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    If I turn off cellular data I can still send texts with no problem.

    Iphone 6 Plus on T-Mobile.
     
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    This. A text message (green bubble) does not need data.
     
  5. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Strange… I'm looking at a recent text I tried sending earlier and they are all in green bubbles which I had to turn ON data to send.
     
  6. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    1) Make sure you have iMessage on
    2) Make sure you're sending messages to other iPhones

    Awesome username, btw
     
  7. Jeff R macrumors 6502

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    Plain text messaging (SMS) will work with data turned off. Anything more than SMS like MMS (picture/video/audio messages), group messaging or iMessage will require data.
     
  8. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hey thanks!!! I did have iMessage OFF. No wonder all my text bubbles were green.

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  9. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    Text messages require your cellular data in order to send and receive. Same as a phone call. Data must be turned on. iMessage does not. iMessage simply requires Wi-fi.
     
  10. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Unfortunately this is one of the problems with the Imessage/Text on iphones.

    If you switch off Imessage the system should just send everything as SMS.

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    This is incorrect SMS text message do not require data they are sent on the voice link. Only Imessages are sent on Data. There is no difference between Carrier data and WIFI as far as the phone is concerned.
     
  11. cmichaelb, Mar 18, 2015
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    cmichaelb macrumors 68020

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    This^ Beat me to the punch. iMessages=Data. SMS=Voice
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Seems like you got it mostly reversed.
     

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