This is something that's been a problem for a while and I've finally become frustrated enough to ask the question Is there any way to send all messages as SMS, while still being able to receive iMessages? The "Send as SMS" option still tries to use iMessage first. This is a problem. Some of my contacts use both iOS and Android, and of course iMessage always goes to their iPhone, even if I'm responding to a message that they just sent from their Android. I also have one friend that doesn't have a data plan, so only receives iMessages when on Wi-Fi. I still want the ability to receive iMessages in case someone wants to send me one (I have a couple of friends overseas), but with 99% of my friends being covered by my unlimited SMS plan I don't see any reason why I shouldn't just send everything over SMS by default. That way they can receive it on an Android and when out of Wi-Fi coverage. Is there any way to do this? I can't find an option, but it seems like a bit of an oversight to not support this so am I missing something?