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  1. Click's Avatar
    So I have a question that I'm sure has been answered but I have not found the magical word combination to enter into Google or TiPb's search that gives me the answer. So again I apologize if this has been answered before.

    I started using iMessage as soon as iOS5 came out and didn't have any issues. All of a sudden my wife was not receiving any of my text(I'm on WiFi, she is not) when she was at work. I know that (if working properly) once I send the message to my wife and she is not on wifi it should push through as a normal text but she wasn't getting anything.

    So when she got home I tested sending her a message and it went through as an iMessage and all was fine. So I turned wifi off on my phone and her's and I was STILL able to send an iMessage. I had the understanding that if the phone(s) is not on wifi that it should send as a normal text.

    So I deleted our home wifi off the 2 iPhones and had my wife stay at home and I went to the store. Sent a couple text and they came through as iMessages. I was able to see when she read and was replying to my texts. Baffled by this I then set up my wife's iPad(wifi only) for iMessage and still left my wifi off on my iPhone and I was able to send and receive from the iPad.

    So my question is, Is it really sending via iMessage or is it sending as a text but cloaked as iMessage?

    Like I said I'm sure this was explained somewhere and I just can't find it but does anyone know how I am able to still send iMessages even though I'm not connected to any wifi?

    Also I'm still having hit or miss issues with my wife not getting texts when she is at work. I'm still trying to figure that out

    Thanks for any info.


    Quick Edit: We are using our phone numbers not email for iMessage.
    Last edited by Click; 11-23-2011 at 08:45 PM.
    11-23-2011 08:22 PM
  2. E_Brown's Avatar
    As long as there is a data connection 3G or wifi, it will send as iMessage. It doesn't have to be on wifi.

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    11-23-2011 08:59 PM
  3. toomanyphones's Avatar
    Her phone doesn't have to be on wifi to get iMessage, just data service. If no data is available on one device then it go as reg text. She might just be getting spotty service at work or she is too busy to text and just ignore them.
    11-23-2011 09:04 PM
  4. Click's Avatar
    OK, Thanks for the help. I feel like an *****. Like I said I was always under the impression that iMessage only worked via wifi. Whats even worse is I found this on Apple's site.

    Again thanks for the help and sorry for posting a dumb question. :o
    11-23-2011 09:12 PM
  5. big9erfan's Avatar
    Not exactly sure what you linked to, but the description of iMessage says "send unlimited Text messages via wifi or 3G" *shrug*
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    11-23-2011 10:40 PM