Using iMessage while abroad

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Alexaaa, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Alexaaa macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Hi I'm currently abroad in Italy for three months so I suspended my cell phone plan back in the US. I have WiFi in my apartment so obviously I can send iMessages when I'm at home. If I get sent iMessages when I leave my apartment and I'm not longer connected to WiFi, will I still receive my iMessages when I reconnect to WiFi? This is the one concept I'm confused about. Thanks so much!
  2. Richardgm macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Yep. The messages will be sent when you reconnect.
  3. GoSh4rks macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Are you sure? I'm not. Assuming that you are using a phone number as your iMessage account, wouldn't iMessages sent from an iPhone failover to SMS?
  4. chriscl macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2008
    Stuttgart, Germany
    If you have cell service in Italy (i.e. you are unlocked and using an Italian SIM) then you can - if you wish - send iMessages as SMS. If you are "roaming" onto an Italian network (like TIM or similar) then you can send iMessages as SMS.

    From your post though, I read it as you don't have a "working" SIM in your phone?

    If so, as you have no service, then the messages won't be sent, until you have a data connection again - in your case, WiFi.
  5. melb00m macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    If somebody tries to send you an iMessage while you don't have data, the sender's phone will always detect the situation and either switch to regular text messages, or notify the sender that the message could not be transmitted.

    In any case, no message will not be transmitted without informing the sender that it was unable to be delivered. But it won't wait in queue until you have data again.
  6. Alexaaa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Thanks so much!

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