Anyone else underwhelmed with this?
I was expecting something like BBM where you could add people using a unique code. I don't really see the point if you have to have their phone number to begin with.
Am I missing the point here?
- 10-12-2011, 04:01 PM #2
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You don't see the point if you have to have their phone number to begin with? So you'd rather have to have someone's PIN number, a combination of numbers, letters, bar codes? And if you want to call them, get there phone number, as well?
It's set up this way because it is so easy to use. No asking around what people's PINs are, if they have a blackberry, asking for new PINs when you get a new phone. Like Steve says, "It just works".
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- 10-12-2011, 04:51 PM #17iPhone Intermediate
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The reason iMessage is so good is that for those of us without iPhones, using something like an iPod touch or iPad with 3G (or Wi-Fi), you can text people who don't have a phone number.
Also, if the majority of iDevice users have iOS 5, you can see when they type, when they read your message, etc. It's a great feature which will shed more light as time passes. It's great on my iPad because I don't have to be limited only to a phone.
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- 10-12-2011, 04:51 PM #18
It isn't bbm for sure, but back when they did it in beta testing I knew that it was just going to be like texting in the application. It isn't anything special just tells you if they read the message. It is just texting.
- 10-12-2011, 05:00 PM #19iPhone Intermediate
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I am not super excited about imessage but I am ready to be surprised
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- 10-12-2011, 05:12 PM #20
Ok here is my issue. Say I update my old iPhone to iOS5 (or iPod touch), basically any device that I only use over wifi, then one of my friends who has an iOS5 device goes to send me a message, it's going to default to an iMessage right? (since the email address they have for me is the one I use for my Apple ID). This is all well and good if I am at home with my iPod Touch on wifi, but what if I'm not? If I'm out and about or without wifi access that message won't be received by me until I get home (or get wifi access somewhere). As I understand, you can choose to switch from an iMessage to normal sms by selecting the contact's phone number instead of Apple ID, but how does the sender know when the recipient is able to receive iMessages or not i.e. has a network connection. If I'm sending a message to someone who I know uses an iPod touch on iOS5 and has another cell phone and I want them to receive the message asap, I'm always going to chose sms as with iMessage I wont know how long it will be until they have a network connection.
- 10-12-2011, 05:12 PM #21iPhone Intermediate
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I work in an area where I can't get cell signal (underground, no AT&T antennas) but I get great wifi. I'm hoping at least I will be able to text friends with iPhones! Not like I text all day at work, but it would be nice to be able to if I wanted to.
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Nevermind, fixed itself.
Rob I think its using the email address and phone number so the messages can be pushed to ipad/ipod touch users. I think if both devices are on (ipad/ipod + iphone) both will receive it since it uses the 2 methods.