iMessage still works with just cellular data? (GPRS)

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Cloverfield

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So I was riding back home from work, practically in the middle of a field with no wifi, 3G or edge (just the round circle icon) and I sent a message to my mate and it still classed it as an iMessage, was blue and told me when he had read the message. I thought it needed wifi or 3G? If not that's pretty neat :D
 

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Thread moved.

It's great and quite crazy to see how many of your friends who have actually updated to iOS 5. iMessages must really annoy the networks.
 

Jmbaker429

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Well you have to be hooked to either wifi or the celular network or it wouldn't have sent. It will send as London as you have service and the Apple servers aren't too busy. If their overloaded then it defaults to the wireless carrier network to send the message.
 
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I just find it pointless personally. I have no need to text a ipod. But above that, they have found a way to take something you are already paying for and find a way to charge you again for it. Mine and my wife's text package is unlimited. My data is unlimited. However her's is not. When it sends via iMessage, it goes through the data package, thus charging her data plan for it. The didn't advertise this fact and if iMessage is on, then it defaults to iMessage, not the text message package. It took a while for us to catch that. I couldn't figure out why her data usage was so high all of a sudden and it ended up being iMessage.
 

Leo

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Do you never send pictures or video?

We do.
It's the only way I would, I get charged $0.25/message for every MMS I send, but iMessage makes that free for me without having to put MMS as an add-on to my already gigantic phone bill of $99/mo. We don't have unlimited data plans on Rogers, either.
 
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It's the only way I would, I get charged $0.25/message for every MMS I send, but iMessage makes that free for me without having to put MMS as an add-on to my already gigantic phone bill of $99/mo. We don't have unlimited data plans on Rogers, either.
For you, it would work out as long as your data isn't too high. Then the iMessages could put you over your limit if you sent pictures and video like we do.
 
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Ok then how many pictures do u have to send. Trying to understand your situation
It's not a question of how many we "have" to send. It's a matter of how many we WANT to send. And since we have unlimited MMS it shouldn't be an issue. We have a different use than maybe you do. Doesn't mean our use is any less important to us than yours is to you. We send quite a few to each other and we send quite a few to grandma down state and grandma in Florida of my son.

Combine that with normal data use and it can eat up a limited data plan pretty quick. The last video the wife sent to her mom was 15 meg and it was pretty short.

This information was provided by Apple when they announced iOS 5 at the WWDC last June.
They must not have done a good job at explaining how it worked on cellular devices or how it would effect your data plan because there is a huge thread on it on the ATT support forums and another on the Apple forums another on iFans another on iPhoneforums....I am sure there are more. There is quite a bit of discussion on this topic.