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    Default Can you text internationally for free with iMessage?

    I have a friend in Europe and wondering if we can text without using Int rates to each other? Kinda like BBM. Thanks in advance!
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    Yes. As long as iMessage is set up
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    Sweet thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezzy View Post
    Sweet thanks!
    make sure you use a email with imessage because if a data connection isnt available it auto sends a text
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    Quote Originally Posted by noaim View Post
    make sure you use a email with imessage because if a data connection isnt available it auto sends a text
    Unless you turn that option off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by noaim View Post
    make sure you use a email with imessage because if a data connection isnt available it auto sends a text
    Yes, though it will send as SMS if the phone is not running iOS 5 as long as you have minimum data service, even if it is just 2G available you will be okay.

    I haven't been charged and I was sending and receiving on iMessage with just basic data service available but did get charged because the person wasn't updated with iOS 5.

    All in all it saved me $25 this week on international text messaging.
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    Yeah we've been making sure it says IMessage and not Text before we send any texts to each other as a safety net. Thanks for all the help on this everyone!
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    I'm liking iMessage but not all my friends have it set up so it's not super advantageous. It's a great idea, though. More people need iPhones! Thankfully I have unlimited texting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leharris22 View Post
    I'm liking iMessage but not all my friends have it set up so it's not super advantageous. It's a great idea, though. More people need iPhones! Thankfully I have unlimited texting.
    I have encouraged them all to update to iOS 5. Almost everybody I know is on iPhone. With iMessage, I have only used 15 texts this month and I am 7 days into my billing period.
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    Does this now mean that one will text iPhone users with imessage more
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    I'm in the U.S., and use iMessage to talk to an iPhone-using friend in Australia fairly frequently. It almost always works, but occasionally a message will be sent as a normal text message. It seems to happen whether I'm using 3G or WiFi. It may have to do with the receiver's connectivity, I suppose. It's a rare occurrence, but it is still something to keep in mind.

    Edit: And actually, I just received a message as SMS, and then received the same message as an iMessage. I guess technology isn't perfect, though.
    Last edited by JnCrWe; 01-30-2012 at 07:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezzy View Post
    I have a friend in Europe and wondering if we can text without using Int rates to each other? Kinda like BBM. Thanks in advance!
    Yes, but make sure you are actually sending an iMessage instead of an SMS. The send button will turn blue for iMessage
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    iMessage is all done via Wifi, so you should be alright
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    Quote Originally Posted by pizzafootbal View Post
    iMessage is all done via Wifi, so you should be alright
    iMessage uses your data connection, 3G or wifi. It is not dependent on wifi only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timhewitt View Post
    iMessage uses your data connection, 3G or wifi. It is not dependent on wifi only.
    That is not an issue though as it's not like making a long distance phone call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optic Dev View Post
    Yes, but make sure you are actually sending an iMessage instead of an SMS. The send button will turn blue for iMessage
    You just have to turn off sending as sms it will say "send as sms if imessage is unavailable" it is in settings under message.. my boyfriend is in london and that is how we talk unless its FaceTime or Skype...
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    Default Re: Can you text internationally for free with iMessage?

    This may be a silly question but I'm new to iphones:

    Will turning off that option (send as SMS when iMessage is unavailable) affect receiving text messages from other people? ie. will I not receive text messages from local friends who don't have iphones if I turn that option off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleyjean88 View Post
    This may be a silly question but I'm new to iphones:

    Will turning off that option (send as SMS when iMessage is unavailable) affect receiving text messages from other people? ie. will I not receive text messages from local friends who don't have iphones if I turn that option off?
    No, it only impacts sending messages.
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    It works well internationally. Make sure that if you are traveling internationally you have a international data plan. If not,it will only send SMS unless on wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezzy View Post
    Yeah we've been making sure it says IMessage and not Text before we send any texts to each other as a safety net. Thanks for all the help on this everyone!
    Quote Originally Posted by JnCrWe View Post
    I'm in the U.S., and use iMessage to talk to an iPhone-using friend in Australia fairly frequently. It almost always works, but occasionally a message will be sent as a normal text message. It seems to happen whether I'm using 3G or WiFi. It may have to do with the receiver's connectivity, I suppose. It's a rare occurrence, but it is still something to keep in mind.

    Edit: And actually, I just received a message as SMS, and then received the same message as an iMessage. I guess technology isn't perfect, though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Optic Dev View Post
    Yes, but make sure you are actually sending an iMessage instead of an SMS. The send button will turn blue for iMessage
    Interesting. I am wondering if there is a way to figure out WHO ALL out of my Phone book have iMessage / iPhone?

    Then I'd message them on iMessage instead of WhatsApp or SMS (Preference order: iMessage > WhatsApp (I can see who all are on my whatsapp) > SMS)
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnburn_in View Post
    Interesting. I am wondering if there is a way to figure out WHO ALL out of my Phone book have iMessage / iPhone?

    Then I'd message them on iMessage instead of WhatsApp or SMS (Preference order: iMessage > WhatsApp (I can see who all are on my whatsapp) > SMS)
    Initiate a text message via the Messages app and enter the recipient's phone number. If the number turns 'blue' then that person has an iOS device with iMessages enabled. However, if the number remains green, the text message will be sent via SMS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer571 View Post
    iMessage allows you to send unlimited text, photos, videos, locations, and contacts using Wi-Fi or cellular data. That statement came from Apple's website and can be viewed .
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    Default Re: Can you text internationally for free with iMessage?

    If you refuse to pay SMS, why not sending an email?

    => It's free, fast and multi-platform (more reliable if not iCloud). You can write only some words or a complete book. It is no more complicated to attach pictures, movies, or a document...
    Finally, the person who can receive an iMessage, have for sure also an email set on the device...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JnCrWe View Post
    I'm in the U.S., and use iMessage to talk to an iPhone-using friend in Australia fairly frequently. It almost always works, but occasionally a message will be sent as a normal text message. It seems to happen whether I'm using 3G or WiFi. It may have to do with the receiver's connectivity, I suppose. It's a rare occurrence, but it is still something to keep in mind.

    Edit: And actually, I just received a message as SMS, and then received the same message as an iMessage. I guess technology isn't perfect, though.
    Same here' I'm in the US and imessage a lot with someone from Australia, so far I've had about two messages send as sms, pretty consistent..
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    Default Re: Can you text internationally for free with iMessage?

    I have the iPad mini, is the iMessage still free if abroad? Or will it charge me ?
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