IMessage a foreign device. US to UK IPhone.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nickthebrit, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. nickthebrit macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    Hi there! I have a 4s and am wondering if anyone has had success imessaging a foreign device from the US. Specifically a uk iPhone. A lot of my friends are in the uk. Is there a right way to store their number? I know for sure that they have the 4s.

    Cant seem to get their number to 'turn blue'.

  2. sportsbbq macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    I use iMessage to text with my family and friends back in Australia with no issue.

    To text the UK, you will want 011 44 then the phone number.

    Hope this helps
  3. chrism88 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2011
    Midlands, UK
    Or try using the email address they have setup thier AppleID with
  4. nickthebrit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    Do I just type their email into the 'To' field? I guess I need to send them a regular text to find out their registered email.

    Also, can anyone confirm the exact way the uk number is written? Maybe this is my problem.

    Thanks for the great help so far!
  5. sportsbbq macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    This should be the correct way. Just add their number to the contact record. Also, it would have to be the email associated with their apple id I believe.
  6. farmermac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2009
    What country are you in ?
    My sister lives in Spain and I have her phone number as +34 xxx xxx from USA and it calls fine. 34 is Spain country code.

    I've iMessaged other international numbers and not reporting issues
  7. raymanster macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    I iMessaged a friend in the U.S. and he replied back via iMessage succesfully. Didn't do anything special, just chose his name from contacts and it must have recognised his email address as being iMessage ready.
  8. nickthebrit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I am in the USA with a US AT&T iPhone.

    Thanks for the help so far all. Will keep trying.


    Seems like +44 or 011 44 does not matter then.
  9. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    With cell phones, always use + instead of 011. This way should you leave the US, you can just dial out.
  10. kayl0rz macrumors member

    May 26, 2010
    +44 and drop the 0

    so for example if a UK number was 07812345678

    it would be +44787812345678
  11. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.

    I have friends in the UK and we iMessage all the time. We have found that it seems best to use the email address to send to. Whatever email address they're using as their Apple ID, we'll put into that person's contact info. Then when starting a message, you'll have the option to select which contact you want. At that point, select their email address. Your iMessage will go right through.

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