iMessage.. A potential bill disaster

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Enjoylife1788, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Enjoylife1788 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys,

    I really liked Apple's idea of combining SMS with iMessage, but having said that, I just realised that it could be a bill disaster. Just imagine, if the person you are trying to talk to is facing some data issues, and all the iMessages are sent as SMSs.

    I am from India and what if i am trying to iMessage someone in a foreign country. And if all my iMessages are sent as SMSs, I will be doomed. Its like 5 Ruppes- Indian Currency- per message. To put things into perspective, 5 Rupees is 10 times the charge of a normal national SMS here. Thats a lot..And specially for students like me. Also, it would be a big waste as there are other free alternatives.

    Also, at times we are talking on iMessage because its free. Otherwise, we could easily use whatsapp and other 3rd party services.

    This is what I just realised..

    Please let me know what you guys fee. Also, I am sure not all countries have unlimited texting plans...
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Simple,

    Blue Bubble = iMessage (Free)
    Green Bubble = SMS/MMS (not free)

    What color are you getting when texting?
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  4. OllyW Moderator

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    Go into Settings/Messages and set 'Send As SMS' to off .
     
  5. Enjoylife1788 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wont that completely turn my SMS off.. Or only as a failover option???

    I would want to send SMS too to people who dont have iPhones.

    Edit: Ok got it. It doesnt turn texting off. Just that it doesnt resort to sms when imessage fails. right????

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    I did read about that. If its blue, its iMessage and it its green, its sms. But i Have read about cases when inspite of showing blue bubble, it sends as a sms when the recipient doesnt have data or wifi on.

    So how to deal with that???
     
  6. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Its only a Failover option, if it can't be sent as an iMessage, it won't send it at all.
     
  7. Enjoylife1788 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Perfect..Exactly, what i wanted..Thank you all guys for your replies... :)
     
  8. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    So if it's turned off and the iMessage doesn't go through at all does it just give us a failed exclamation mark?
     
  9. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Yes.

    SMS is supposed to be the failover option if an iMessage doesn't go through within (I think) 2 minutes, turn that off and the other only failover option will be to Turn off iMessage entirely and rely only on SMS.
     

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