iMessage to SMS over WiFi?

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  1. MadDogMike macrumors newbie

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    So, I was on a plane the other day, connected to the WiFi and I received a text from a friend. I replied and he said he received it.

    I didn't think about it at the time, but later I realized, "Hey, he doesn't have an iPhone, he has an Android!" And sure enough, my messages to him are green and the text field says "Text Message," not iMessage. So how could that work? Did Apple come up with some new way to actually SMS over WiFi that I'm not aware of?
     
  2. SSAJ macrumors 6502

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    You are probably not on airplane mode
     
  3. MadDogMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was in airplane mode, and I was over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    What carrier are you with? Some support SMS over wifi
     
  5. MadDogMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's Verizon. I thought only T-Mobile had free texting over GoGo WiFi. Verizon does have it's own "Messages+" app that will text over WiFi, but I was using the native iOS iMessage app.
     
  6. BearBert macrumors regular

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    It is because you have WIFi calling enabled. I use this almost everyday when at the gym, it's located in the basement of a commercial building where nobody gets any signal. Luckily they have complimentary wifi. I just put my phone in airplane mode and turn on the Wifi. I know T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon can do this.

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  7. MadDogMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh cool, I use WiFi Calling all the time when I'm overseas but I didn't know enabling it also enables texts over WiFi. Pretty slick!
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, texts, calls, visual voicemail messages and mms messages all go via wifi when using wifi calling.
     
  9. G.McGilli macrumors regular

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    Just curious - but is this any different than when that I use imessage on my Mac connected with Ethernet to send all my text messages when at my desk to Apple and Non-Apple devices?
     
  10. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    A bit, yes - the feature you are using is called 'Text Message Forwarding' which allows your other devices to send SMS messages via your iPhone using its normal cellular connection.

    Here, the OP didn't have a cellular connection, but did have Wi-Fi calling, and the SMS was sent successfully via Wi-Fi.
     

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