Is iMessage separate from SMS? Does it charge texting device to device?

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  1. bobright macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure how this works is it over wifi or is it identical to text and you're charged as a SMS?
     
  2. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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    It's not the same as SMS; it uses your data connection & so does not come out of your text / SMS allowance

    The clever thing is that it's accessed through the same app as SMS ('Messages') - the iPhone automagically detects whether there's an iMessage-capable device at the other end & uses iMessage if possible, otherwise it just uses standard SMS. The message text turns blue if it's using iMessage (instead of green) and it gives you a delivery time (something SMS can't).

    I think you have to turn iMessage on (sign into it with your Apple ID) in Settings > Messages before it will work though...
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Its going to be great to be able to message all my friends who have iPod Touches :D
     
  4. salacious macrumors 6502a

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    imessage uses wifi, one thing im not sure of though is that if the other person isnt using wifi on their phone will 3g connection accept the imessage?
     
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    Good question

    Anybody?
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Yeah if your on an iPhone/iPad that has 3G then iMessage can use your data connection.
     
  7. salacious macrumors 6502a

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    then the flaw of imessage must be that we cant send imessage using 3g?
     
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    You can.

    The only limitation is that you need two iDevices on 5.0 or later for iMessage to work.
     
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    iMessage works over whatever data connection your iOS device is on which includes WiFi and 3G.
     
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    If you send a pic via iMessage are you charged?
     
  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    iMessage uses data, whatever that data may be. If you're connected to WiFi, it'll use WiFi. If you're connected to 3G, it'll use 3G.
     
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    No, but it will use up the amount of data it takes the picture to be sent to the other device.
     
  13. AlexJaye macrumors regular

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    You can send iMessages over Wifi or 3G.
     
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    I have another question: How do I know wether I am sending a SMS or iMessage?

    Say I wanted to send a iMessage right now how would I go about it? If I go to the "messages" icon/app it would send via SMS wouldn't it??
     
  15. verwon macrumors 68030

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    They both use the same app. If the person you're messaging has iMessage, you'll see it in the spot where you type and the message bubble will turn blue, when you send. If its a text, it'll say text and the bubble will be green. You don't have to do anything special, the messages app does it for you.
     
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    If it's a known iOS5 device it's going to send automaticaly as an iMessage. When it's the first time it might take one text in my experience for my iPhone to reconize it. From then on, iMessage: blue text balloon, sms: green.

    First it's going to try to send an iMessage but when the receipient hasn't got any data connection, it's going to resend your text as an sms.
     
  17. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks guys last thing though when going to message and if I want it to register as iMessage, does it matter if it is sent to the contacts email or phone number?

    In other words even though I send a message to a contacts phone number if we're both on ios5 it'll be a iMessage right? Or does it need to be sent to en email for that?


    Thx
     
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    The contact's email address would need to be saved to the contact for an iMessage to be sent to an iPad or iPod touch.

    If you send an iMessage to a contact with a phone number and email address, the message will be sent to their phone as well as their iPad or iPod touch.

    If you have two iPhones on iOS 5, it'll automatically be sent as an iMessage.
     

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