iMessage: What happens when....? (Regarding unlocked 3GS with no data plan)

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by PaulDoFish, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. PaulDoFish macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Okay, so I have an iPhone 3GS unlocked on T-Mobile. I do not have a data plan. (If someone asks me why I have an iPhone with no data plan, I am a jobless student who got this phone as a gift, and cannot afford data :p)

    My question is, if I am having a conversation with a friend through iMessage on our iPhones, and then leave my house (no more wifi), will my friend's iPhone know that I am not connected to iMessage anymore and start sending through SMS? Or will I not receive any more messages from any iOS 5 users until I reconnect back to wifi?

    I really want to use iMessage because I also own an iPad. (If someone asks how I can afford an iPad but not a data plan, this was also a gift :p)

    Thanks in advance!!! :D
  2. PaulDoFish thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Never mind. I found out.

    An iPhone will not know that the recipient is not connected to the internet, and will continue sending iMessages.

    So in my case, if a friend and I both have iMessage enabled, and they try to text me, I will not receive any messages from them until I am connected to wifi.

    So if anyone out there is using an iPhone with no data plan/mobile wifi on iOS 5, I recommend you turn off iMessage so you don't miss out on important text messages.

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