General What's the difference between using email and phone number for iMessages?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by MacrumoursUser, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. MacrumoursUser macrumors 6502

    MacrumoursUser

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    Right now I use my iCloud email for all devices (including my iMac), but I noticed I have an option to start my iMessage conversations using phone number on my iPhone. What's the difference?
     
  2. The Oak macrumors newbie

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    My wife does not have a text feature to her cell plan. But she does have data.

    I have a text feature on my iPhone.

    If I text via email address ... it goes as an iMessage and hence we can "text" all day.

    If I text as a phone number she will not be able to text back.

    Same thing with iPads that cannot "text".
     
  3. chezhoy macrumors regular

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    I personally thinks it's better to use email than phone number, esp if you use iMessage on iPhone, iPad and/or MacBook since your MacBook and iPad aren't phones.
     
  4. sflomenb macrumors 6502a

    sflomenb

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    There is actually no difference. Your messages will go to any device. Example, I have an iPhone, iPad and Mac. Someone sends an iMessage to my phone number or email and it goes to all of my devices

    The real difference is when you message someone, do you want them to see your phone number or email?
     
  5. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Yep, I prefer my phone # since I don't use my iCloud email, and my Apple ID is not my gmail account.
     

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