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    When texting with friends that have imessage I've been having a good bit of them going across as normal text and was wondering what causes that to happen? If there isnt a wifi connection doesn't it just use 3g data? I know the people Im texting have access to wifi or 3g all the time so what causes these normal text that are costing me money?
    Last edited by SoCo46and2; 10-17-2011 at 03:17 PM.
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    I have the same issue, granted I have unlimited texts so I don't really mind.
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    When selecting the contact don't select their phone #, select their iMessage account name. That's what I do and haven't had any issues.
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    Lets hope i don't have to ask whats everyone's imessager account email address is.
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    Yeah you do. Unless there's another way which we don't know about.
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    I didn't do that at all. I just put the phone number in the contact and set it to iPhone instead of mobile and it comes through as an iMessage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCo46and2 View Post
    When texting with friends that have imessage I've been having a good bit of them going across as normal text and was wondering what causes that to happen? If there isnt a wifi connection doesn't it just use 3g data? I know the people Im texting have access to wifi or 3g all the time so what causes these normal text that are costing me money?
    I was wondering the same thing. It most definitely uses 3GI don't know why it occasionally decides it's send it as a text instead when I have perfectly good data coverage. I have personally switched off send as text message, and have had other parties send iMessages to my email address instead of phone number to help me avoid any charges.
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    Ok no, i didnt do any of that my iphone just detects who has ios5 and i turns blue lol only thing is that when my friend was in an area that had very bad signal they would send as texts.
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    It probably depends on apples servers. This routes through there servers like bbm does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCo46and2 View Post
    Lets hope i don't have to ask whats everyone's imessager account email address is.
    You can ask them to switch their caller id in the messages settings to their number instead of their apple id email. Had to do that with a buddy today.
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    it works like this:

    If Apple's servers are available... then it sends as an iMessage (Blue)
    when they are not avaialable.... it sends as a text (Green)

    you can turn this off so it wont ever send as a text if you want... (settings > messages > send as SMS)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCo46and2 View Post
    When texting with friends that have imessage I've been having a good bit of them going across as normal text and was wondering what causes that to happen? If there isnt a wifi connection doesn't it just use 3g data? I know the people Im texting have access to wifi or 3g all the time so what causes these normal text that are costing me money?
    They dont have iMessage on or it's not configured properly. If you want to send them an iMessage, it's best to use their Apple ID. Also, it takes some time for iMessage to verify that the recipient has iMessage
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCo46and2 View Post
    When texting with friends that have imessage I've been having a good bit of them going across as normal text and was wondering what causes that to happen? If there isnt a wifi connection doesn't it just use 3g data? I know the people Im texting have access to wifi or 3g all the time so what causes these normal text that are costing me money?
    Also, If they are with Verizon or Sprint: CDMA networks are unable to use voice and data at the same time. So, If the person you are trying to contact is on a phone call, this causes iPhone to send a text message instead of an iMessage (since iMessages are data).
    Last edited by richard_rsp; 10-18-2011 at 08:38 AM.

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