imessage international

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Fontane, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Fontane macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    Hey guys, I recently got the iphone 5 and a new ipad too.
    I've been using a macbook air for nearly two years, but with the iphone 5 and ipad I'm just now really trying to figure out all the benefits of Apple software.

    So my question: I live in the U.S. and will be traveling to Europe for a few months. I plan to take my iphone 5 but disable the Verizon cellular data and use wi-fi when available, and maybe a local sim if I can find one that fits.

    When I'm on wi-fi, can I use imessage to text for free with people back in the states who also have imessage? Do they have to be on wi-fi also, or just me?

    Also, the same goes for facetime. Can I use wi-fi overseas to use facetime with someone in the states and do they need to be on wi-fi (I think not for verizon, right?)?

    Thanks for any help you can give me. I've googled around but can't seem to piece together the answers to what I think are pretty simple questions.
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    You can iMessage them for free and they do not have to be on wifi, only have an active data connection. The same can be said about FaceTime.
  3. MozMan68 macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2010
    Right here...
    They should make an Apple commercial out of this post. ;)

    Seriously though, I think people fail to realize what a huge step iMessage and FaceTime was to driving people to the Apple ecosystem.
  4. Fontane thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    Excellent -- thank you!
  5. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    People in Europe have been using WhatsApp and Skype long before iMessage and Facetime were around. You do not have to have an iPhone to get these features...

    Nevertheless, iMessage and Facetime do work pretty smooth.

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