iMessage and Texting?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by alecthemacboi96, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. alecthemacboi96 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    So i just got the new iPhone 5s and I'm loving! But the only problem i have is with iMessage. I can't seem to receive messages from my friends who have iPhones while I'm not connected to wifi. I don't get the message until I'm connected to wifi again, which is sorta pointless if they need to text me while I'm out. The same goes vice verse.

    For example I'm at home messaging my bud and i have to go out for a bit. I stop getting his messages once i leave to house and then get them all at once when i get back.

    Is there anyway that their iMessage can be converted to a sms while I'm out. I know theres an option in settings, but that only works if i send the message not my friend. So a little help would be appreciated thanks.

    P.S i keep my data off because its only 250mb per month split between 3 other phones so yea ill hopefully have that changed
  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    It's cuz your data's off. Sorry but you might need to go into settings and turn if iMessage until you get more data.
  3. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Either turn off iMessage permanently or turn off iMessage each time you go out, then turn it back on when you get home.

    They're your only two options without data unfortunately :(
  4. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    This. iMessages don't take up a lot data. Maybe just turn it on when you're meeting your friends.
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I believe you can also selectively enable or disable what apps can use cell data, so you could potentially leave it on but disable it for most apps except Messages and maybe a few others you might need.
  6. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
    waste of nice hardware

    Why do you have an iphone 5s and only 250mb/month?

    That´s like buying a ferrari and only put a soda can worth of gas in it every month.

    They are both designed for (and deserves) a lot more ;)
  7. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    If you are on WiFi a lot and can save a lot of money with having a little data, why not?
  8. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
    The iphone is the most data-hungry phone ever made, seems like a miss match to have the lowest data plan possible. It ruins the experience a bit.

    I use at least 10GB, and this month i´m approaching 20GB..
    But I might use my new phone to much :)
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    To each his/her own. Some can certainly be more then fine using almost no mobile data based on what they use it all for and perhaps availability of WiFi and other factors, while others might be using exponentially more mobile and WiFi data than typical users who use a GB or two every month.
  10. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    I use less than 380 MB of data per month, and us WiFi most of the time since WiFi is just about everywhere I go. This saves $$ for those that do not want to waste good money like the OP is doing. Nothing wrong with that on a very good iPhone. Some also do not have unlimited data plans either. ;)
  11. divergirl macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2012
    Not everyone has a great need for a big data plan. I pay $3 a month for 100mb and I love it; it's truly all I need. I can do much web surfing on Opera Mini for very little data, and I can pretty much read as many emails and send as many iMessages as I'd like. Plus, really the only times I don't have Wi-Fi are when I'm out somewhere and I try to use that time socializing anyway. :)
  12. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    If there were such a setting under your control it could actually be a big pain for your friends if they wanted, for example, to send you photos via iMessage. Normally, an iMessage photo sent using a phone's data plan will cost next to nothing. The same message sent as an MMS can cost an arm and a leg. The operators love dirty little scams like that as it's easy money for them.

    Glad to hear you're thinking of finding a better data plan. Hopefully, it won't be too long before tiny allowances like 250MB per month are history.
  13. alecthemacboi96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    Yeah i have wifi most of the time anyways but its only on the odd occasion when I'm out and can't get wifi i guess i would have to use my data. Since iMessage does not take up a lot of data i guess ill just leave it on and limit everything else.

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