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How iMessage Will Burst the SMS Bubble of Canada’s ‘Big 3′ Carriers

I’ve been dreaming of a native instant messaging app for iOS for the longest time, so when iMessage was announced I was extremely pleased. iMessage is Apple’s foray into the messaging scene. With the expensive rates Canadians pay for SMS, iMessages is going to make a massive dent into the lucrative SMS coffers of the ‘Big 3′ carriers in Canada.

iMessage is coming in iOS 5, and will be free for all iOS users. Currently, its been available to test for developers using iOS 5 beta.

Here are the features of iMessage:
– Send unlimited text messages over 3G and WiFi via any iOS device
– Send text, photos, videos, locations, contacts
– Group chat
– Delivery receipts, optional read receipts, typing indication
– Encryption for messages
– Continue conversations from one iOS to another
– Built into the Messages app
– Set multiple email addresses to receive iMessages

My first experience with iMessage, was an eye opener. I wasn’t sure how to use the damn thing. Eventually, I discovered iMessage was built right in to the Messages app. This is important. No more launching a separate app for messaging, like WhatsApp or BBM on Blackberry. Integration with the Messages app is brilliant. So off I went testing it with some iOS 5 beta friends.

Once You Start an iMessage, It Replaces the Option to Send SMS

When you attempt to send a message to any user, iMessage automatically detects if they are on iOS 5, and seamlessly switches from SMS to iMessage. Once that happens–you will never have the option to SMS that user unless you turn off iMessage in Settings. So if you previously texted back and forth with a friend 100 times a day, that would eat out of your SMS plan. The moment you both start an iMessage, SMS literally disappears forever.

Left: iMessage (blue); Right: SMS (green).

How will iMessage eat into the profits of the ‘Big 3′ carriers? Many ways. Think of the people who text the most–teenagers that send over 100 texts per day. Once a group of friends all utilize iOS 5, texting plans will no longer be necessary. Even texting internationally will now be free. Pay As You Go users on iOS 5 will be smiling right about now too. All for free, on all of your devices thanks to Apple. With rumours of Google starting their own built in messaging service, carriers should be worried.

Once iOS 5 will be released this Fall, and iPhones are updated to the latest firmware, the gradual decline of SMS and rise of iMessage will be the dagger into the hearts of the ‘Big 3′ carriers. Third party apps like WhatsApp, Kik, and Beluga are great–but it’s a pain to get friends to install apps on their phones. With the seamless integration of iMessage, that chore is eliminated.

Are you looking forward to iMessage? What is your texting plan right now?

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  • http://twitter.com/macdonst Simon MacDonald

    I’m certainly looking forward to iMessaging.  I currently subscribe to an unlimited texting plan from Rogers but it is most certainly overkill with the amount of texting I do monthly.  Once I go to iOS 5 I see no reason to even have a texting plan anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/macdonst Simon MacDonald

    I’m certainly looking forward to iMessaging.  I currently subscribe to an unlimited texting plan from Rogers but it is most certainly overkill with the amount of texting I do monthly.  Once I go to iOS 5 I see no reason to even have a texting plan anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/macdonst Simon MacDonald

    I’m certainly looking forward to iMessaging.  I currently subscribe to an unlimited texting plan from Rogers but it is most certainly overkill with the amount of texting I do monthly.  Once I go to iOS 5 I see no reason to even have a texting plan anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/macdonst Simon MacDonald

    I’m certainly looking forward to iMessaging.  I currently subscribe to an unlimited texting plan from Rogers but it is most certainly overkill with the amount of texting I do monthly.  Once I go to iOS 5 I see no reason to even have a texting plan anymore.

  • Chris

    They’ll find a way to still make their free money…

  • Chris

    They’ll find a way to still make their free money…

  • Chris Withers

    First, an observation: this isn’t a dagger. As long as you text with anybody who has a blackberry, android or feature phone, you’ll still require an SMS plan. Otherwise you end up paying 0.25 per message when you want to talk to someone outside your circle. The carriers will either roll it into plans, or raise prices, and nothing will be gained.

    Second, a question: how does imessage work internationally? I have data roaming off, naturally, so when I cross the border, do I lose iMessage functionality, or will I have to pay roaming fees of some kind?

  • Chris Withers

    First, an observation: this isn’t a dagger. As long as you text with anybody who has a blackberry, android or feature phone, you’ll still require an SMS plan. Otherwise you end up paying 0.25 per message when you want to talk to someone outside your circle. The carriers will either roll it into plans, or raise prices, and nothing will be gained.

    Second, a question: how does imessage work internationally? I have data roaming off, naturally, so when I cross the border, do I lose iMessage functionality, or will I have to pay roaming fees of some kind?

  • http://twitter.com/britbloke007 Mark Naylor

    I’m looking forward to it too as I have a lot of family in England. Currently I use WhatsApp to msg them and it works great, but having an integrated iMessage will be even better.

    However, I don’t think it will have a huge impact on RoBelUs. Think of all the phones out there, particularly in the hands of teenagers, and they’re usually cheaper non-smartphones made by different manufacturers (LG, Samsung, Nokia, etc). To communicate amongst these devices you’re forced to use SMS, plus you would need to have a data plan to use iMessage which is a big expense to a poor teenager!

  • http://twitter.com/britbloke007 Mark Naylor

    I’m looking forward to it too as I have a lot of family in England. Currently I use WhatsApp to msg them and it works great, but having an integrated iMessage will be even better.

    However, I don’t think it will have a huge impact on RoBelUs. Think of all the phones out there, particularly in the hands of teenagers, and they’re usually cheaper non-smartphones made by different manufacturers (LG, Samsung, Nokia, etc). To communicate amongst these devices you’re forced to use SMS, plus you would need to have a data plan to use iMessage which is a big expense to a poor teenager!

  • Paul

    The criminals at Rogers will figure out another way to get that money back.  You can guarantee on that!  I can’t wait to drop my texting plan, and giving Rogers the big FU!

  • Paul

    The criminals at Rogers will figure out another way to get that money back.  You can guarantee on that!  I can’t wait to drop my texting plan, and giving Rogers the big FU!

  • Paul

    The criminals at Rogers will figure out another way to get that money back.  You can guarantee on that!  I can’t wait to drop my texting plan, and giving Rogers the big FU!

  • Paul

    The criminals at Rogers will figure out another way to get that money back.  You can guarantee on that!  I can’t wait to drop my texting plan, and giving Rogers the big FU!

  • Anonymous

    You’re funny Gary. You must have next to zero friends on Blackberry or Android. Unfortunately for me I’m still hoping for a really good cross platform messaging service. I’m sure I’ll probably end up using iMessage exclusively with my iPhone buddies but it still sucks having more then a few messaging services on my phone.

  • Anonymous

    You’re funny Gary. You must have next to zero friends on Blackberry or Android. Unfortunately for me I’m still hoping for a really good cross platform messaging service. I’m sure I’ll probably end up using iMessage exclusively with my iPhone buddies but it still sucks having more then a few messaging services on my phone.

  • Anonymous

    You’re funny Gary. You must have next to zero friends on Blackberry or Android. Unfortunately for me I’m still hoping for a really good cross platform messaging service. I’m sure I’ll probably end up using iMessage exclusively with my iPhone buddies but it still sucks having more then a few messaging services on my phone.

  • Anonymous

    You’re funny Gary. You must have next to zero friends on Blackberry or Android. Unfortunately for me I’m still hoping for a really good cross platform messaging service. I’m sure I’ll probably end up using iMessage exclusively with my iPhone buddies but it still sucks having more then a few messaging services on my phone.

  • alamarco

    Good question. What happens if we cross the border and start roaming? I always toggle my data off so I don’t get charged. I would hope that iMessage would switch to SMS if no data connection is present instead of having to manually turn it off.

    If it doesn’t do this already, maybe someone with a dev account can suggest this to Apple.

  • pascyyy

    I’m sure this has been said by others on other sites but there is one problem with iMessage, BBM and whatever google comes up with that will keep SMS working for the time being. They are platform dependent. SMS isn’t. If apple, rim and google truly cared about helping consumers they would work together to make an open standard and all abide by it. Their real purpose is to lock people into their platform (which I understand). Dont get me wrong. I’m looking forward to iOS 5 and have friends that have iOS devices that I’ll be communicating with. I also have a lot of friends that have blackberrys and some that have android. For them, I’ll need to use whatsapp or else SMS.

    I will say this much though. The seamless integration into Messages.app is a great touch.

  • Josh

    The carriers will just increase the cost of the data plans to make up for the loss in text message revenues.

  • Josh

    The carriers will just increase the cost of the data plans to make up for the loss in text message revenues.

  • pascyyy

    I’m sure this has been said by others on other sites but there is one problem with iMessage, BBM and whatever google comes up with that will keep SMS working for the time being. They are platform dependent. SMS isn’t. If apple, rim and google truly cared about helping consumers they would work together to make an open standard and all abide by it. Their real purpose is to lock people into their platform (which I understand). Dont get me wrong. I’m looking forward to iOS 5 and have friends that have iOS devices that I’ll be communicating with. I also have a lot of friends that have blackberrys and some that have android. For them, I’ll need to use whatsapp or else SMS.

    I will say this much though. The seamless integration into Messages.app is a great touch.

  • alamarco

    Good question. What happens if we cross the border and start roaming? I always toggle my data off so I don’t get charged. I would hope that iMessage would switch to SMS if no data connection is present instead of having to manually turn it off.

    If it doesn’t do this already, maybe someone with a dev account can suggest this to Apple.

  • alamarco

    Good question. What happens if we cross the border and start roaming? I always toggle my data off so I don’t get charged. I would hope that iMessage would switch to SMS if no data connection is present instead of having to manually turn it off.

    If it doesn’t do this already, maybe someone with a dev account can suggest this to Apple.

  • Josh

    The carriers will just increase the cost of the data plans to make up for the loss in text message revenues.

  • pascyyy

    I’m sure this has been said by others on other sites but there is one problem with iMessage, BBM and whatever google comes up with that will keep SMS working for the time being. They are platform dependent. SMS isn’t. If apple, rim and google truly cared about helping consumers they would work together to make an open standard and all abide by it. Their real purpose is to lock people into their platform (which I understand). Dont get me wrong. I’m looking forward to iOS 5 and have friends that have iOS devices that I’ll be communicating with. I also have a lot of friends that have blackberrys and some that have android. For them, I’ll need to use whatsapp or else SMS.

    I will say this much though. The seamless integration into Messages.app is a great touch.

  • Josh

    The carriers will just increase the cost of the data plans to make up for the loss in text message revenues.

  • pascyyy

    I’m sure this has been said by others on other sites but there is one problem with iMessage, BBM and whatever google comes up with that will keep SMS working for the time being. They are platform dependent. SMS isn’t. If apple, rim and google truly cared about helping consumers they would work together to make an open standard and all abide by it. Their real purpose is to lock people into their platform (which I understand). Dont get me wrong. I’m looking forward to iOS 5 and have friends that have iOS devices that I’ll be communicating with. I also have a lot of friends that have blackberrys and some that have android. For them, I’ll need to use whatsapp or else SMS.

    I will say this much though. The seamless integration into Messages.app is a great touch.

  • alamarco

    Good question. What happens if we cross the border and start roaming? I always toggle my data off so I don’t get charged. I would hope that iMessage would switch to SMS if no data connection is present instead of having to manually turn it off.

    If it doesn’t do this already, maybe someone with a dev account can suggest this to Apple.

  • Anonymous

    Well I would still use SMS for the 50% of friends who don’t have an iDevice.

    But I am curious for those with an iPhone iOS 5 but don’t have data all the time… Like prepaid customers. Wifi at home but SMS away. I hope that it would switch to SMS or have an option to force the message to send as SMS instead

  • Anonymous

    Well I would still use SMS for the 50% of friends who don’t have an iDevice.

    But I am curious for those with an iPhone iOS 5 but don’t have data all the time… Like prepaid customers. Wifi at home but SMS away. I hope that it would switch to SMS or have an option to force the message to send as SMS instead

  • Josh

    Great question, what will happen when we cross the border?

  • Anonymous

    Well I would still use SMS for the 50% of friends who don’t have an iDevice.

    But I am curious for those with an iPhone iOS 5 but don’t have data all the time… Like prepaid customers. Wifi at home but SMS away. I hope that it would switch to SMS or have an option to force the message to send as SMS instead

  • Josh

    Great question, what will happen when we cross the border?

  • Anonymous

    Well I would still use SMS for the 50% of friends who don’t have an iDevice.

    But I am curious for those with an iPhone iOS 5 but don’t have data all the time… Like prepaid customers. Wifi at home but SMS away. I hope that it would switch to SMS or have an option to force the message to send as SMS instead

  • Josh

    Great question, what will happen when we cross the border?

  • http://twitter.com/aSadhankar Aaron Sadhankar

    Only thing that’s annoying is that if the person you are messaging doesn’t have data (3G), they won’t get the message until they connect to wifi. The reason I use SMS is because it’s more or less instant.
    It would be nice if you could turn off iMessage per contact.

  • Setak

    I do not think this is a bad thing for carriers, it’s more of a vicious circle for  customers, who will pay more at the end. Here is my point: first, an unlimited texting plan doesn’t cost much a month, it’s more the voice and data plan that are expensive. Second, since a lot of people will switch from text messaging to iMessaging, text message will decrease, but iMessage will increase, and since wi-fi is not available everywhere, a lot of people who are not subscribed to a data plan will have to (if you wanna receive your messages no matter where you are), therefore they will be saving the text message plan’s fees but will pay a new fee, which is more expensive.

  • http://twitter.com/aSadhankar Aaron Sadhankar

    Only thing that’s annoying is that if the person you are messaging doesn’t have data (3G), they won’t get the message until they connect to wifi. The reason I use SMS is because it’s more or less instant.
    It would be nice if you could turn off iMessage per contact.

  • Josh

    Great question, what will happen when we cross the border?

  • http://twitter.com/aSadhankar Aaron Sadhankar

    Only thing that’s annoying is that if the person you are messaging doesn’t have data (3G), they won’t get the message until they connect to wifi. The reason I use SMS is because it’s more or less instant.
    It would be nice if you could turn off iMessage per contact.

  • http://twitter.com/aSadhankar Aaron Sadhankar

    Only thing that’s annoying is that if the person you are messaging doesn’t have data (3G), they won’t get the message until they connect to wifi. The reason I use SMS is because it’s more or less instant.
    It would be nice if you could turn off iMessage per contact.

  • Setak

    I do not think this is a bad thing for carriers, it’s more of a vicious circle for  customers, who will pay more at the end. Here is my point: first, an unlimited texting plan doesn’t cost much a month, it’s more the voice and data plan that are expensive. Second, since a lot of people will switch from text messaging to iMessaging, text message will decrease, but iMessage will increase, and since wi-fi is not available everywhere, a lot of people who are not subscribed to a data plan will have to (if you wanna receive your messages no matter where you are), therefore they will be saving the text message plan’s fees but will pay a new fee, which is more expensive.

  • Setak

    I do not think this is a bad thing for carriers, it’s more of a vicious circle for  customers, who will pay more at the end. Here is my point: first, an unlimited texting plan doesn’t cost much a month, it’s more the voice and data plan that are expensive. Second, since a lot of people will switch from text messaging to iMessaging, text message will decrease, but iMessage will increase, and since wi-fi is not available everywhere, a lot of people who are not subscribed to a data plan will have to (if you wanna receive your messages no matter where you are), therefore they will be saving the text message plan’s fees but will pay a new fee, which is more expensive.

  • Setak

    I do not think this is a bad thing for carriers, it’s more of a vicious circle for  customers, who will pay more at the end. Here is my point: first, an unlimited texting plan doesn’t cost much a month, it’s more the voice and data plan that are expensive. Second, since a lot of people will switch from text messaging to iMessaging, text message will decrease, but iMessage will increase, and since wi-fi is not available everywhere, a lot of people who are not subscribed to a data plan will have to (if you wanna receive your messages no matter where you are), therefore they will be saving the text message plan’s fees but will pay a new fee, which is more expensive.

  • Chrome262

    Ditto I might just go down to 250 a month for those few texted from non iPhone.

  • Chrome262

    Ditto I might just go down to 250 a month for those few texted from non iPhone.

  • Chrome262

    Ditto I might just go down to 250 a month for those few texted from non iPhone.

  • Chrome262

    Ditto I might just go down to 250 a month for those few texted from non iPhone.

  • iamlynda

    I am looking forward to iMessage – but I am sure Roger’s will find a way to increase prices – really they don’t even need to use iMessage as an excuse they can just make anything up (Buggers!!). I’ll still need to SMS about 50% of my friends & family as some are still not converted (I’m working on it though!!). I would like to know more about the program. I currently use BiteSMS and totally love it: quick replies, call and all the other “instant” features are wonderful – don’t have to actually openthe app to get or send messages. I know iMessage will continue to be worked on over the next couple months, hopefully they continue to make improvements. BiteSMS is the #1 reason why I jb my 3GS     ~ Cheers

  • iamlynda

    I am looking forward to iMessage – but I am sure Roger’s will find a way to increase prices – really they don’t even need to use iMessage as an excuse they can just make anything up (Buggers!!). I’ll still need to SMS about 50% of my friends & family as some are still not converted (I’m working on it though!!). I would like to know more about the program. I currently use BiteSMS and totally love it: quick replies, call and all the other “instant” features are wonderful – don’t have to actually openthe app to get or send messages. I know iMessage will continue to be worked on over the next couple months, hopefully they continue to make improvements. BiteSMS is the #1 reason why I jb my 3GS     ~ Cheers

  • Bruce

    All this BBM killer talk. I love my iphone as much as the next guy… ok no wait way more. And yes I was in wireless sales for 6 years… DATA .. come on people. ” oh i can cut my 10$ sms plan, YAY ” … ” yes i’d like the 20-30$ data plan please” 

    It’s self explanitory.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I unfriended all my non-iOS friends ages ago. No iPhone? See ya!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I unfriended all my non-iOS friends ages ago. No iPhone? See ya!

  • Tom

    You did not mention Viber in the list of apps that are there now, it’s integration with the Phone app is amazing and I find it’s free messaging system just as good as the built-in sms. It makes no difference to me whether I use this or that message app, they both work. And iphone 3G users are stuck with 4.2.1 and won’t have the iMessage, since it only comes with iOS 5, right? Also, the fact that unlike Skype or other VOIP apps Viber rings even if the app is not running, makes it indispensable. And if they ever get the Android Viber app (and eventually Blackberry Viber) up and running, there will be tons of users to talk to and message with. 

  • Tom

    You did not mention Viber in the list of apps that are there now, it’s integration with the Phone app is amazing and I find it’s free messaging system just as good as the built-in sms. It makes no difference to me whether I use this or that message app, they both work. And iphone 3G users are stuck with 4.2.1 and won’t have the iMessage, since it only comes with iOS 5, right? Also, the fact that unlike Skype or other VOIP apps Viber rings even if the app is not running, makes it indispensable. And if they ever get the Android Viber app (and eventually Blackberry Viber) up and running, there will be tons of users to talk to and message with. 

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Actually Gary doesn’t have friends. Just the folks under Granville bridge :)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Actually Gary doesn’t have friends. Just the folks under Granville bridge :)

  • Anonymous

    So what if someone has an iPhone on iOS 5 but they have no data plan..? How is iMessage going to work then.

  • Anonymous

    So what if someone has an iPhone on iOS 5 but they have no data plan..? How is iMessage going to work then.

  • Anonymous

    So what if someone has an iPhone on iOS 5 but they have no data plan..? How is iMessage going to work then.

  • Anonymous

    So what if someone has an iPhone on iOS 5 but they have no data plan..? How is iMessage going to work then.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Wifi

  • Anonymous

    Obviously if they loose money somwhere, they will try and get some somewhere else.

    Logic.

    Annoying as hell.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously if they loose money somwhere, they will try and get some somewhere else.

    Logic.

    Annoying as hell.

  • Anonymous

    I mean like say an iPhone user has no data. But another iPhone user sends em a message, does that mean they won’t get it until they go on Wifi? Since iOS will switch all messages to iMessage if the other person is using iOS 5.

  • Anonymous

    I mean like say an iPhone user has no data. But another iPhone user sends em a message, does that mean they won’t get it until they go on Wifi? Since iOS will switch all messages to iMessage if the other person is using iOS 5.

  • Anonymous

    I mean like say an iPhone user has no data. But another iPhone user sends em a message, does that mean they won’t get it until they go on Wifi? Since iOS will switch all messages to iMessage if the other person is using iOS 5.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Correct.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Correct.

  • Danyo

    iMessage, very interesting.. But how much data will this new feature eat up? I’m on a 500mb data plan and I usually use 480mb a month. =S

  • Danyo

    iMessage, very interesting.. But how much data will this new feature eat up? I’m on a 500mb data plan and I usually use 480mb a month. =S

  • Danyo

    iMessage, very interesting.. But how much data will this new feature eat up? I’m on a 500mb data plan and I usually use 480mb a month. =S

  • Danyo

    iMessage, very interesting.. But how much data will this new feature eat up? I’m on a 500mb data plan and I usually use 480mb a month. =S

  • Musumekiller

    Hi Everyone, bear in mind one thing, if you are away from internet zone (camping, up north, underground), Imessage won’t work.  While compare to sms, it requires very little receiption compare to anything over data.  I don’t think you can remove your sms plan, but you can probably reduce your sms plan unless you are willing to pay per text.  I work in downtown Toronto and I can’t get access to 3g most of the time when I am inside the building, underground or on Go Train.   Roger’s 3G is really a piece of sh_t. 

  • Musumekiller

    Hi Everyone, bear in mind one thing, if you are away from internet zone (camping, up north, underground), Imessage won’t work.  While compare to sms, it requires very little receiption compare to anything over data.  I don’t think you can remove your sms plan, but you can probably reduce your sms plan unless you are willing to pay per text.  I work in downtown Toronto and I can’t get access to 3g most of the time when I am inside the building, underground or on Go Train.   Roger’s 3G is really a piece of sh_t. 

  • http://twitter.com/stevendavis Steven Davis

    Of the 15 people I text on a regular basis. 4 have iPhones, 2 have Android phones, 3 have BlackBerrys, and the rest still have dumb phones. Explain to me how this kills off SMS? There are 11 people whom I cannot communicate with via iMessage… so I still need to rely on SMS. I’m not a heavy SMS user, but if you use your example of the teenager who loves to text, if they even have 2-3 friends who don’t have iPhones, they’re still going to need a pretty hefty SMS plan.

    The only way this works is if there is one UNIVERSALLY excepted texting application across all mobile OSs, and they need to be installed on the phone when you buy it. But that’s never going to happen, so there is still plenty of opportunities for service providers to gouge us with texting plans.

    Even if this magical future were to become a reality, cell companies would just bump up the cost of data plans for iPhone users.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You’re mean. At least I know how to hook up a simple mic to a computer. :P

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You’re mean. At least I know how to hook up a simple mic to a computer. :P

  • Phil

    Gary, you state “unlimited text…” but on the next line “Send pictures…” . Why wouldn’t pictures be free too?

  • Phil

    Gary, you state “unlimited text…” but on the next line “Send pictures…” . Why wouldn’t pictures be free too?

  • Phil

    Gary, you state “unlimited text…” but on the next line “Send pictures…” . Why wouldn’t pictures be free too?

  • Phil

    Gary, you state “unlimited text…” but on the next line “Send pictures…” . Why wouldn’t pictures be free too?

  • Phil

    Free over wifi, for pictures…

  • Phil

    Free over wifi, for pictures…

  • Phil

    Free over wifi, for pictures…

  • Phil

    Free over wifi, for pictures…

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Pictures and videos are free too.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Pictures and videos are free too.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Pictures and videos are free too.

  • omar

    When an iMessage fails, you get teh option to try again, send as text or cancel

  • omar

    When an iMessage fails, you get teh option to try again, send as text or cancel

  • omar

    When an iMessage fails, you get teh option to try again, send as text or cancel

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    :-(

  • Travis

    Eff the carriers….we’ve been taking it up the butt long enough. Hopefully someday soon apple will create a total network thru data and no more roaming….would be awesome all you’d pay for is data. Sweet.

  • Tony

    Live Profile

  • Tony

    Live Profile

  • Anonymous

    lol. Thats the attitude I got when I told my friends I was switching from BB to iPhone… they fking hated me… i still get flack!

  • Anonymous

    lol. Thats the attitude I got when I told my friends I was switching from BB to iPhone… they fking hated me… i still get flack!

  • Anonymous

    that would be DAFT!

  • Anonymous

    that would be DAFT!

  • Anonymous

    that would be DAFT!

  • TeenWolf

    My wife has a blackberry for work and she also has an iPod touch. So if we start a conversation through imessage then she sends me a text will my reply go to her blackberry or iPod? Can someone with the beta installed test this scenario for me. Thx

  • TeenWolf

    My wife has a blackberry for work and she also has an iPod touch. So if we start a conversation through imessage then she sends me a text will my reply go to her blackberry or iPod? Can someone with the beta installed test this scenario for me. Thx

  • TeenWolf

    My wife has a blackberry for work and she also has an iPod touch. So if we start a conversation through imessage then she sends me a text will my reply go to her blackberry or iPod? Can someone with the beta installed test this scenario for me. Thx

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    If you send the message to her Apple ID, the iPod. iPod touch has no phone number.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    If you send the message to her Apple ID, the iPod. iPod touch has no phone number.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    If you send the message to her Apple ID, the iPod. iPod touch has no phone number.

  • TeenWolf

    But imessage is supposedly seamless with the message app so if I send a message to my wife as a contact won’t it by default be to an immesage. Or will I see 2 separate conversations in the message app?

  • TeenWolf

    But imessage is supposedly seamless with the message app so if I send a message to my wife as a contact won’t it by default be to an immesage. Or will I see 2 separate conversations in the message app?

  • TeenWolf

    But imessage is supposedly seamless with the message app so if I send a message to my wife as a contact won’t it by default be to an immesage. Or will I see 2 separate conversations in the message app?

  • TeenWolf

    But imessage is supposedly seamless with the message app so if I send a message to my wife as a contact won’t it by default be to an immesage. Or will I see 2 separate conversations in the message app?

  • TeenWolf

    But imessage is supposedly seamless with the message app so if I send a message to my wife as a contact won’t it by default be to an immesage. Or will I see 2 separate conversations in the message app?

  • Anonymous

    Like with data plans… Obviously… ;)

  • Anonymous

    Like with data plans… Obviously… ;)

  • Anonymous

    Like with data plans… Obviously… ;)

  • Anonymous

    Like with data plans… Obviously… ;)

  • Anonymous

    Like with data plans… Obviously… ;)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Just keep preaching how great the iPhone is and that they should switch. BB users love that stuff!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Just keep preaching how great the iPhone is and that they should switch. BB users love that stuff!

  • Phil

    Great, thank you. :)

  • Phil

    Great, thank you. :)

  • Nw_specialist

    The sender of the message will be notified that the message failed, they will then be prompted to send it to you as an SMS

  • Nw_specialist

    The sender of the message will be notified that the message failed, they will then be prompted to send it to you as an SMS

  • Nw_specialist

    The sender of the message will be notified that the message failed, they will then be prompted to send it to you as an SMS

  • SgtAdam

    I get unlimited texting for pretty much nothing.

  • Kirk

    Actually Aaron if the person that sends the message realizes that it’s not connecting to the other person that doesn’t have data imeesage automatically sends it as normal txt if it takes to long. It happened when I txted my friend and he turned off data because he was boarding a plane.

  • PriorSnowboarder

    I don’t think it’s that big if you have a good plan I have an unlimited local plan with unlimited long-distance to Canada and the USA and I have an unlimited USA and Canada texting plan and 6gb of data from Rogers and I only pay $75 a month, oh and it has call display too. I think it’s a great added feature to text a friend who owns an IPad or someone who doesn’t have a texting plan.

  • Anonymous

    Going to work great for me since all my close family are overseas and all have either an iphone or a ipad. 

  • Anonymous

    Going to work great for me since all my close family are overseas and all have either an iphone or a ipad. 

  • http://twitter.com/stevendavis Steven Davis

    Not universally accepted, not installed on devices out of the box, not on all mobile operating systems, and not available to those that use dumb phones. 

    They key, as I said above, is that the need to be accepted by the OS makers… so that usage can be 100% of users who use the phones, not just the people who’ve gone out and downloaded the application. That’s never going to happen, OS makers see these types of services as a way to bring in customers, not a means to help spur universal communication.

    The closest I can see to this becoming true, is if one of the OS makers decided to put their product in a competing app store. There was talk Blackberry was going to release BBM on Android & iOS, but we still haven’t seen that happen, and I doubt very much we’ll see Apple place iMessages in Android Market Place.

  • http://twitter.com/stevendavis Steven Davis

    Not universally accepted, not installed on devices out of the box, not on all mobile operating systems, and not available to those that use dumb phones. 

    They key, as I said above, is that the need to be accepted by the OS makers… so that usage can be 100% of users who use the phones, not just the people who’ve gone out and downloaded the application. That’s never going to happen, OS makers see these types of services as a way to bring in customers, not a means to help spur universal communication.

    The closest I can see to this becoming true, is if one of the OS makers decided to put their product in a competing app store. There was talk Blackberry was going to release BBM on Android & iOS, but we still haven’t seen that happen, and I doubt very much we’ll see Apple place iMessages in Android Market Place.

  • Fizzo20

    Text plans drop in price while data plans skyrocket. Simple.
    FU Rogers.

  • Fizzo20

    They’re still screwed while people are in wifi hotspots though

  • Jep888

    But the carriers are already giving unlimited texting in most of their plans.  iMessage won’t make much difference in how the big 3 operate so I don’t see how iMessage will break them.  I was in the US recently and they give much cheaper data plans which are unlimited.    The only way we will ever really get better deals is to open the competition to US carriers so it will force the big 3 to match the plans of  some real competitors.

  • Matt

    You already have to have a data package with an iPhone anyway so it doesn’t really matter… and data usage of an iMessage text will be like kilobytes if that so you could send hundreds of thousands and still not go over… why pay for data and texting when you can just pay for data… !!!