iMessage charging

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by gpfradgley, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. gpfradgley macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys has any one checked their phone bill? I sent an iMessage. It was a photo and a video to my cousin. It was blue and sent via iMessage. I then noticed I had extra charges on my bill. The only explanation I can come up with is if you're in an area of poor 3G. The iMessage may fail and then go over MMS. Be carefull make sure you don't get a huge bill!
     
  2. hrl macrumors member

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  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    How was this not obvious? It has been known since day one that iMessages will be sent as normal MMS/SMS if it fails to send over the iMessage servers.
     
  4. EasyRyde macrumors newbie

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    Miles is correct. When your in the iMessage setting there is a "Send as SMS" which is Send as SMS when iMessage is unavailable.

    I am loving the iMessage
     
  5. Will69 macrumors regular

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    But if it is sent as SMS/MMS because iMessage failed, wouldn't the message be displayed as green ?
     
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    This is why you should turn off the send via sms is iMessage fails...it can get expensive ;)
     
  7. Peruvian macrumors regular

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    when you turn MMS off, can you still receive MMS messages sent to you via text?
     
  8. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    If you have text messaging why it charge unless you're over your alotted amount?
     
  9. r2shyyou macrumors 68000

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    I could be wrong here as it's been a while since I've not had MMS but I think that if you have MMS turned off and someone sends you a photo (or other media via text), you get a text containing a link to view the photo (or whatever) on the web.
     
  10. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    there isn't really a turn off sms option, its turn off fallback to sms...you can still send and receive sms messages to non-iphone users....but it won't slip an sms on you without your knowledge.
     
  11. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    I just today checked mine and found out why there was an error.

    I upgraded my 3Gs to iOS5 and gave it to my wife without contacting AT&T. At the same time I had bought my new 4s which of course came with iOS5.

    According to the guy at AT&T support, they needed to switch her 3Gs data plan over to the 4s Data Plan. There's no difference except in how it's billed internally. He said many but not all people upgrading are calling in with similar issues. According to him, he just didn't know but is pretty sure there's a good reason. Heck, for all I know, I missed a step in the whole upgrade process, I don't do anything but follow along with the onscreen prompts from Apple's install.

    In the end, he credited my bill, reset her plan to reflect the iOS4 data plan and then recalculated the current statement. I logged off AT&T online and logged back in with him on the phone and viola, my iMessages to her were indeed not being allocated as regular texts. I also show the $30 credit from last month
     

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