iMessage and wifi clarification

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by greganpace, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. greganpace macrumors regular

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    I can't seem to find the answer I'm looking for in any of the threads, but I recently moved to an area that has very bad cellular coverage. We are in a basement, and the only place I get service is if I leave my cell phone on a window sill. Since I have wifi, I should be able to use iMessage to send and receive texts without service, correct? meaning 0 bars, no service (as opposed to no data service) And is it just limited to iPhones or can it be any phone?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    iMessage is only between iOS devices and it will work on Wifi with no cell service.
     
  3. Spink10 Suspended

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    You can only iMessage those running iOS 5 - iphone,ipad,ipod

    It works with wifi - my wifi only iPad does iMessage over wifi
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    There are other apps that works like 'iMessage' also, like Whatsapp, Skype, Ping etc that are also available on other platforms. These should all work over WiFi to.
     
  5. greganpace thread starter macrumors regular

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    My wife also uses iMessage on her iPhone, but my texts still won't send...
     
  6. Spink10 Suspended

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    I really like using Whatsapp
     
  7. greganpace thread starter macrumors regular

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    So if I use these, I send/receive messages through any of the above at home, I get out and use iMessage, they will be synced, right?
     
  8. Spink10 Suspended

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    These are separate apps - iMessage uses the normal messaging app (native app)
     
  9. greganpace thread starter macrumors regular

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    Right, but I am just wondering if I have to totally convert to whatsapp for all future texting or if I can use both.
     
  10. stridemat Moderator

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    ^^^^ What this guy said ^^^^

    Different apps, but they may fulfil your need better if you message people who aren't on iOS.


    Yes, you can continue to use both.
     
  11. greganpace thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does Whatsapp send to any device or just other Whatsapp users like iMessage? App store implies it is the latter, which doesn't really fix my problem. Am I out of luck for an easy replacement?
     
  12. stridemat Moderator

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    It can send to any other users who have whatsapp installed. However it's available on more platforms then just iOS.

    Skype is also available on more platforms, and available on the computer.
     

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