How to Set Up and Use iMessage

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lurch956

And if you open the settings and the selection "send as SMS" isn't there, what then?

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eve_evening

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October 19, 2011 at 1:53pm

I understand the purpose of what iMessage is supposed to do, but it just doesn't make sense when you are setting it up and get a message that says "Your carrier may charge for SMS messages used to activate iMessage." iMessage is supposed to be a free service to other iOS devices but yet your carrier may still charge you? Am I the only one confused about that?

…and on another note, I read that you can use iMessage on wifi or 3G… so if you use 3G for it then isn't the cost coming out of your data bucket? .…I didn't know if I was the only one confused about that.

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eve_evening

I understand the purpose of what iMessage is supposed to do, but it just doesn't make sense when you are setting it up and get a message that says "Your carrier may charge for SMS messages used to activate iMessage." iMessage is supposed to be a free service to other iOS devices but yet your carrier may still charge you? Am I the only one confused about that?

…and on another note, I read that you can use iMessage on wifi or 3G… so if you use 3G for it then isn't the cost coming out of your data bucket? .…I didn't know if I was the only one confused about that.

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Fedcis09

Your carrier will only charge you if you have the send as SMS turned on, and it goes through as an SMS instead of iMessage. Second, yes it does come from your data bucket over 3G as it is data being sent. It's basically blackberry messenger for iPhone, except they should have done it with a "pin" for each device versus and email.

There are many issues out there with setting it up. It has worked almost flawlessly for me, but my son's iPod still does not work with it. Every time that he tries to log in, it says that his account is already in use. Which is ridiculous because you can have the same send/receive email address attached to multiple devices.

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MacAddict4Life

To elaborate, "Send as SMS" will cause your messages to iMessages users to be sent as text messages if there is no data connection currently available. So if you have a net connection (be it cell or Wifi) you are not sending a text. But if you have a cell connection and no data connection (which happens at the edge of cell tower range sometimes), it will go ahead and send it as a text. It does not sound like this will let you receive the message as a text when you have no data connection, which would mean iMessages replies will not arrive until you have a usable data connection.

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