Yet another iMessage question (its different!)

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by braaains, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. braaains macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2011
    Hi all,

    I'm fairly certain no one else has asked this question!

    I've noticed that if I disable iMessage on my phone, everyone else with an iPhone will still attempt to send messages over iMessage (because as far as their phone/apple is concerned, I'm set up to use iMessage). Does anyone know if eventually the apple servers will decide that I'm no longer using it and get everyone else with iOS5 to default to sending texts to my number? Also when a message falls back to SMS, is there a time period before new messages are attempted over iMessage again, or will the next message attempt iMessage first?

    Similarly, what happens if an iOS5 user decides to switch to android. Because their number is still linked to their apple id and set to receive iMessages, will every iOS5 phone attempt to send iMessages forever, even though the recipient will never receive them? Meaning that at best (if SMS fallback is enabled), there will be a 5 minute delay before receiving all texts?

    Hopefully that makes sense! I've got no intention of stopping using iMessage or switching to android, I'm just the sort of person who needs to know how everything works :D


    Just found this....
  2. mustang1908 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    I've been experimenting with iMessage after reading your post.

    This is a serious problem. If you disable iMessage, when others who have iMessage enabled try to text you it just won't get to you. If you switch to a phone that does not have iOS 5, same thing happens. The only way that iOS 5 users can text a phone number that has been associated with an Apple ID for iMessage purposes is to disable iMessage. Of course, if they disable iMessage then they have the problem of people not being able to text them!!

    Apple, please fix this!
  3. dotme macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
  4. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    The only way I've seen this fixed is to turn off iMessage, eject your SIM, Erase all content and settings, then perform a DFU restore as new and NOT activate it afterwards. This isn't really much of a fix moreso than it is dissociating the iPhone from your account.

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