iMessage to iMessage + International Charges?

Black Magic

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Are there international charges if you are on ATT sending and receiving iMessage texts to an iMessage user in Europe? Please advise. I will be reaching out to ATT tomorrow as well.
 

RockstarSR

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iMessage works over internet. It has absolutely nothing to do with your telecom provider. You can use iMessage even after removing the SIM from your phone.
 
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avanpelt

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Provided you are not on a legacy plan with AT&T, international SMS to a whole bunch of countries is also included with pretty much all (if not all) of their plans that have been introduced in the past two years or so. So, even if the occasional iMessage (blue bubble) gets forwarded as an SMS message (green bubble), you still shouldn't get any international charges.
 

Mlrollin91

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Something has not been mentioned that is very important.

If you are connected to any cellular network, yes iMessage will cost you because it uses data. If you are on WiFi and not connected to cellular, then you will be fine.

So AT&T will charge you if you send and receive iMessages on cellular.
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Provided you are not on a legacy plan with AT&T, international SMS to a whole bunch of countries is also included with pretty much all (if not all) of their plans that have been introduced in the past two years or so. So, even if the occasional iMessage (blue bubble) gets forwarded as an SMS message (green bubble), you still shouldn't get any international charges.
Thats not if you are roaming. That is sending international messages from the US to 170+ countries. If you are roaming, the SMS is like $.25 per message sent/received.
 

avanpelt

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Thats not if you are roaming. That is sending international messages from the US to 170+ countries. If you are roaming, the SMS is like $.25 per message sent/received.
I understand that, but I didn't think the OP said anything about trying to send messages to someone in Europe while the OP was also in Europe. The OP is trying to message someone who is in Europe while the OP is in the U.S....at least that's how I understood it.
 
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Mlrollin91

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I understand that, but I didn't think the OP said anything about trying to send messages to someone in Europe while the OP was also in Europe. The OP is trying to someone who is in Europe while the OP is in the U.S....at least that's how I understood it.
My apologies. I read it the other way. Rereading it I believe you are right.

That would make the first part of my post moot. Sorry all.
 

ucfgrad93

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My daughter recently spent 18 months in Spain and we used WhatsApp to message her without any charges for either of us.
 

Black Magic

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Just to clarify, I am in the US and my buddy is in Australia. I am currently on a mobile share plan. Again, I will reach out to ATT today after work to confirm.
 

bradl

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Just to clarify, I am in the US and my buddy is in Australia. I am currently on a mobile share plan. Again, I will reach out to ATT today after work to confirm.
You should be okay. I have a number of friends in Australia thanks to studying abroad there, and have used iMessage to talk to them. That goes over data, which is part of your plan, so you will not be charged for the text going via iMessage to your friends down there. If anything, it is only part and parcel with the data portion of your plan, which you already pay for each month.

I'm on ATT, and can confirm that.

BL.
 
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Just to clarify, I am in the US and my buddy is in Australia. I am currently on a mobile share plan. Again, I will reach out to ATT today after work to confirm.
iMessage is data, just like web browsing, email, or iCloud sync. So if your plan includes data, or if you're on wifi, iMessage is free. As another member said, if there's a data problem and it falls back to SMS you'll pay whatever your plan is for international SMS.
 
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Black Magic

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iMessage is data, just like web browsing, email, or iCloud sync. So if your plan includes data, or if you're on wifi, iMessage is free. As another member said, if there's a data problem and it falls back to SMS you'll pay whatever your plan is for international SMS.

Thank you!