How to use my original number for iMessage and text with pre-paid number?

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  1. funnyatleast macrumors member

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    Currently I have a SPRINT US IPHONE 5 (unlocked) under a Sprint contract. I am traveling to Grenada (island) for a couple of months.

    In Grenada I am going to get a prepaid SIM which would gives me a new phone number. Would I be able to keep texting through my imessage SPRINT number if I have the prepaid sim card in the phone?

    So essentially I want to use my prepaid for everything, but I want to be able to text my friends in the US using my SPRINT US number that is tied to my apple ID.
     
  2. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    No. You can use your Apple ID or your new temporary number.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You cannot use the old US number while using another sim from another carrier.
    You can do it using your apple ID though.
     
  4. funnyatleast thread starter macrumors member

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    thats exactly what i want!

    so i just have to leave my apple ID attached? But when texting how do i chose which one to use when imessaging
     
  5. preyan macrumors 6502

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    The person on the other side receiving the text should see your email address linked to your AppleID. Though when it comes to sending a text message, the other person will see your new number ;)
     
  6. funnyatleast thread starter macrumors member

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    First of all thank you everyone for the responses.

    My prepaid card WILL NOT have data. My campus has wifi everywhere.

    I just wanted to clear this up.
    When I text my US imessage friend they will see my email address.

    What happens when my US imessage friend, imessages my original phone number? I mainly want to make sure that I will receive those imessages (phone/comp)

    I hope all this makes sense, if not I will make a more descriptive post.
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You will not get the messages if he sends them to your phone number.
    You will only receive it if he sends imessages from Apple devices only to your apple ID email. So make sure he uses your email and not your US phone number.
    And you will only be able to send and receive those messages when you're connected to wifi since you wont have data away from wifi.
     
  8. preyan macrumors 6502

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    Tell your friends to delete your number and only have your email address in their contacts. That way, they won't make the mistake if texting you instead ;)
     
  9. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    iMessage is not much different than a text message when changing number.

    So if you change your number:
    • You will not be able to send messages from your old number
    • You will not be able to receive messages sent to your old number
     
  10. funnyatleast thread starter macrumors member

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    last question, i am assuming once i take out the sim card, my phone number can't even be reached through computer imessage correct?
     
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    Would it be possible to iMessage via a US number while using another carrier abroad by keeping your US sim in another iPhone in the US and have iMessage logged in on that phone?
     
  13. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    Correct. Only by your Apple ID.

    When you activate iMessage on a new sim card, your iPhone sends a text message to Apple to verify the number. So when you take it out/replaces it, you can no longer be reached by phone number.
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
     
  15. Cergman macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure? When I got my T-Mobile test drive phone I was able to log into my Apple ID on there and iMessage with my phone number while I just left my AT&T 5s on my desk all week.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    100% sure.
    If you have another simcard inside with a different phone number you cannot receive imessages send to that old phone number that is not active inside that phone.
    You can receive imessages send to your apple ID. Not your phone number.
     
  17. Cergman macrumors 6502a

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    But I'd have a secondary iPhone activated with my current AT&T sim and a different one in my main phone so that would still activate iMessage, right?
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Im not really sure what you're asking or how you think this will work.
    You will only receive imessages from that phone number on the iphone that has that simcard active with that particular phone number and installed inside the phone.
    Not on any other devices besides that one using that phone number actively.
     
  19. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah this should still work with a secondary iPhone. As long as your US phone number is listed as one of the options to receive iMessage with, it should be fine.

    But you can run the risk of receiving/sending international text message if it reverts to SMS for some reason. Safer to just send iMessage through Apple ID over number.
     
  20. preyan macrumors 6502

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    You get iMessage (which uses data) and a text message (which uses a SIM card/phone number). You can take out your SIM card and still use iMessage, but remember, people can then only contact you at the email your Apple ID is on eg. joesoap@hotmail.com
     
  21. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    Good to know. How does one activate the Apple ID for text messages abroad? Is this in Settings somewhere?
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, just go to settings/messages/send & receive/ add an email.
     
  23. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    As long as both iPhones are associated to the same iCloud account and are enabled for iMessage, then yes. You can even set the US number as the default to start new conversations with. Remember to disable "Send as SMS" to avoid racking charges for international messaging.
     
  24. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    thanks! :d
     
  25. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Just wanted to chime in as I did exactly this (Sent and received imessages from a phone number that was tied to a different SIM).

    To do this on the new phone I had to log in with iMessage and enable sending and receiving from the other #.

    Under the iMessage settings you can go in and select to receive from your other numbers. You can even go in and set it to start conversations from your other #.

    For those using test drive from t-mobile and do this, please remember to deactivate iMessages before turning in the phone otherwise that number will still be tied to your iMessage account.
     

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