iMessage over 2G?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by sagecelt, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. sagecelt macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2012
    iMessage is intermittent when trying to contact my friends. Sometimes iMessage works but sometimes the message (to the same person) goesw SMS. Will it only work if both sender and receiver have either wi-fi or 3G available?
  2. Vizin, Jul 6, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    But the internet can be accessed over 2G, albit inferior to 3G internet (slow) it still works :)
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    if you're in spotty coverage, and it can't send the message over the data network in a set amount of time, I believe it's 30 seconds (you have no control over this time limit) it will default to SMS, so if your recipient is out of range at the time you send your message, it will roll-over to SMS.

    there is a setting in settings-> messages for "send as SMS" if you turn that off, it will prevent the roll-over, but may make the message fail.
  5. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    iMessage works over 2G, 3G, 4G, and WiFi, but only if (Internet) data is correctly functioning (ie: your device must have an IP address).
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    You need both to have some type of internet connection; if in a spotty area it may get sent/received by SMS too.
  7. Timshan0876 macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2012
    San Marino, Los Angeles, California
    I use iMessage in Shanghai China over EDGE.
    So, Im sure iMessage will work over anything you have. 2G, 3G blah blah
  8. RNVarma macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    I had been using iMessages through EDGE access on T-Mobile for a few years. It works through all Internet services.
  9. FileTran macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2012
  10. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    You both do not need to be on the same connection (ie. if you are on 3G, the recipient has to be on 3G). As long as you both have an internet connection (whether it's wi-fi, 3G or Edge), the iMessage should go through.
  11. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    wow, were you on the pre-pre-pre-release?

    iOS 5 was released 9 months ago, and announced about 13 months ago.

    since you're on the early release cycle, when's the :apple:TV getting apps?
  12. RNVarma macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    Haha, whoops, mistyped by a few years! I meant I've been using iMessage on T-Mobile ever since iOS 5 was released. :)

    I think I'll keep my Apple TV app information close to my chest; I don't want to unduly influence Apple stock.

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