iMessage is a huge deal

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Honza, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Honza macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    When iMessage came out in iOS 5, I remember thinking that it wasn't that big of a deal, especially if you had unlimited text messaging. Now I understand how smart Apple is by coming up with iMessage.

    My wife dropped her iPhone in water and to save money, we got her an Android phone - all she wants to do is to send pictures and videos amongst her family members. I realize now that since she doesn't have iMessage, any video she gets from family members is going to look awful and blurry. The way that iMessage is seamlessly integrated with the regular texting app is such a huge deal. It's pretty much impossible to convince a group of people (including 50+ year olds) to use a separate service to text message (because they don't understand MMS limits). To my wife (and the ordinary user) it is unfathomable that you can't send decent video through texting, probably because "it just worked" with her iPhone. For me, I know that if I need to send a video to someone, I'll use email or a specific app that I know the person will have, etc. But when you get people used to the that the regular messaging app will do it all, it's hard to convince them to have anything else.

    Very smart, Apple.
  2. unlimitedx macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    I felt iMessage was a big deal when it first came out. It led to carriers phasing out limited texting and pushed users to pay for unlimited texting or pay per text
  3. Beeplance macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    In my country, whatsapp is more popular than any other messaging service, including imessage.

    Just a trend, I suppose.
  4. Bugeyeblue macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2011
    What country?
  5. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    What's app is huge here too. Imessage is great apple to apple but what's app is cross platform that is a huge deal when chatting with him apple users.
  6. Subu macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2013

    Still I feel iMessage is a huge deal but very under marketed by apple

    Look how bb made a fuss of bbm
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I totally agree. It has allowed my mom and some other older relatives to use texting without getting hit per text or spending $5 per month like I do.

    I'm also in agreement with the person who said apps like iMessage have pushed the carriers into making text messaging "free." In reality, the carriers have just jacked up prices and thrown in unlimited of the cheap stuff -- voice, text.
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I was thinking about getting unlimited texting until iMessage came out and I realized that two thirds of my friends and family have iPhones. I stuck with my 1500/$15 plan and should have downgraded to the 1000/$10 plan when I had the chance.
  9. rsnapeuk macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    I started looking at alternative devices with the likes of Android and Windows phones/tablets - and when I actually thought about one of the core features I require of a smartphone - iMessage plays a major factor.

    If I'm honest I don't really use many applications on my iPhone 5 - its more of a bridge between my iPad and Macbook when I'm on the move.

    The ability to pick up a message where you left off is an excellent feature - and I find it so much easier to converse with people with iMessage.
  10. bohbot16, Feb 9, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013

    bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    iMessage is indeed brilliant in the fact that you don't have to be aware of it to use it. This has the effect of making iMessage much more useful for each existing iPhone owner as more are added.

    It's a network phenomenon named Metcalfe's Law.'s_law
  11. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    It's also useful in the fact that it allows me to send messages in areas where Verizon has poor or no service by using wifi.
  12. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    I really like iMessages alot, im always having group chats with my friends who have iMessage and im always sending videos and pictures and your right its impossible to send videos and other things over text messages. iMessage is really a underrated feature imo and its one extreme advantage of iOS over Android


    Yeah thats actually how I feel, iMessage is so well built in and intergrated seamlessly its amazing, its actually quite astonishing that Android doesnt have a iMessage equivalent in its core system. You would think Google would want to merge there services together better
  13. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    Same here.
  14. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    WhatsApp or Viber is better than iMessage because it is cross platform.
  15. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    It's really a missed opportunity that Google didn't integrate Android's texting app with Google Talk, considering the popularity of the IM service. Then again, I wouldn't have realized to merge IM and SMS into a single interface either.
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I didn't think it was a big deal when it came out either. But now I really like it. I get annoyed when I text my wife and it doesn't go via iMessage but a normal text.
  17. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I message is great indeed. I use it all the time and while I don't think it's anything to get a hard on for, it has its benefits
  18. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Great thing about iMessage is its automatic. You use the same texting app for iMessage as well as standard messaging. It detects which to use. So this feature is very nice the average user.

    Using whatsapp is also nice as its cross platform. But your average user isn't going to install a separate app and use it. Again, we're talking about your average user.
    Most of us here are not average.....or normal. ;)
  19. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    You'll find the average user does install WhatsApp. Take a look at where it is in the App Store rankings.
  20. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    It's a huge deal if your friends and family members use an ios product. If they dont, not really.
  21. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    I disagree. Your younger crowd might, but they aren't average as they're born into the technology age. Thus they are more technical as a matter of default. While this does not disclude them from the term "average" it does show that the majority of them are more savy than the average user. In which terms would preclude them.
    I can honestly say of all the persons I know that have whatsapp, 99% of them are under 23 years old.
  22. Prime85 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    iMessage let's me send and receive texts from my Mac and iPhone which is very convenient. Whatsapp cannot do that!
  23. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    So are you saying that downloading an application onto an iPhone something folk only 23 years or younger do?

    Next thing you'll be telling me the older generations don't know what Twitter is!
  24. Subu macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2013
    IMHO what's app is so popular because people including many iphone users do not knapp how good iMessage is

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