Wi-Fi SMS with next firmware update?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by skinnylegs, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. skinnylegs macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2006
    San Diego
    Rumors be rumors but.....

    A "number of sources" are claiming that Wi-Fi SMS will be available with the next firmware update. Sounds pretty tasty to me.
  2. Bootsie macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2008
    Sorry newbie question, but what is wi-fi SMS?
  3. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    if are talking about being able to text MSG people using wi fi instead of paying the regular text MSG fee I just don t think its going to happen I hear apple profits from people a plans as well so it would make no sense for them to do that. There are widgets and websites that you can do that with though. Maybe someo e will make an app that allows this when the new sdk is released but I doubt really really doubt apple will do this. Sorry foe the typos I m at the dentist on my touch
  4. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    the only place I've seen WIFI SMS is on Arn's report ... but the link he attached to that said nothing about it ... it said iChat through WIFI ...

    Where does anyone talk about Wifi SMS?
  5. skinnylegs thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2006
    San Diego
    In essence, it would allow for iChat or some form of it on the iPhone when you are on Wi-Fi. iPhone have internet connectivity either on AT&T's proprietary EDGE network or when you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot.
  6. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    That makes absolutely no sense. Why would you send SMS over wifi? there's no real benefit, plus the iPhone doesn't support UMA so how would they even do it?

    It's possible the rumor got chewed up and spit back out and it's an ichat reference, but I can't see why SMS would show up over wifi. It's not exactly a high bandwith drain for AT&T and they'd probably have to drop prices or offer "unlimited wifi" sms which they'd never do. I call a big FAKE on that rumor.
  7. HBK Carl macrumors member

    HBK Carl

    Feb 18, 2008
    Wales, UK
    I understand the new firmware will feature iChat over WIFI only, thats it, this would make sense as we all use iChat often at our desktops, and then we can use SMS when out and about so as to not eat into network SMS profits
  8. salimdao macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2007
    Anaheim, CA
    i would hate to have iChat restricted to WiFi only. the Sidekick 3 can do IM without WiFi.
  9. AndrewMoyer macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    Confirmed: iPhone SMS over Wi-Fi

    The other day my cable modem was malfunctioning, so I went to text a friend to see if the whole cable system was down. Oddly enough, my texts were all failing to send also.

    After thinking it over for a bit, I decided I would disable Wi-Fi on my Phone and see if it mattered -- it did. I turned Wi-Fi back on and the texts were failing again.

    It then dawned on me that the iPhone must be attempting to use Wi-Fi to send text messages when available.

    What sense does this make? None to a customer, because AT&T isn't going to treat it any differently than one sent over the cellular network. The only benefit there would be faster transmitting, especially in the case of MMS messages.

    But to AT&T, it makes a lot of sense because the text message doesn't have to use their cellular infrastructure, and thus is practically free to them. The shady thing here however is that they are going to still treat it the same way on your cellphone bill, and you could be hit with text overages even though technically they are providing less of a service.

    I guess I can accept this (do I have much of a choice?), but the disappointing part of it is that when Wi-Fi SMS timed out, it didn't fall back on cellular SMS.
  10. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    You are 100% wrong. SMS messages do NOT go through WIFI on the iPhone.

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