Text Messaging and iOS 5

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Text Messaging and iOS 5

Since most of the people I text are running iOS 5 on their phones, I am thinking about getting rid of my texting plan.  I have two questions before I do this though:

 

1.  What is the going rate for individual texts?  I've seen three rates - $.20, $.25, and $.30 floating around AT&T's site.

2.  Is there any circumstance where text messages between devices running iOS 5 would count as a text and not as data?

 

Thanks,

Pam

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ACE - Expert

Re: Text Messaging and iOS 5

iMessage uses data instead of text between iPhones. As long as both phones are using iMessage, there is no text cost, just uses data to transfer the messages.
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lossy61 wrote:

2.  Is there any circumstance where text messages between devices running iOS 5 would count as a text and not as data?

 


In the message settings, there is an option to "Send as SMS" if iMessage is not available. Make sure that is set to "Off" to avoid sending as text and not data.

 

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Re: Text Messaging and iOS 5

The pay-per-use rate for text messages being sent or received is $0.20 per text message and $0.25 for MMS messages.

Hope this helps.

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I have the iphone4s.  5.00 for 200 messages.

which would be best deal instead of paying

for each message. im not even sure at&t

offers a plan without a texing plan

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Sonic1519 wrote:

I have the iphone4s.  5.00 for 200 messages.

which would be best deal instead of paying

for each message. im not even sure at&t

offers a plan without a texing plan


The only current text messaging plans from AT&T are the $20 individual unlimited text messaging plan and the pay per use text messaging "plan".  The other plans are grandfathered, and no longer available to customers who don't already have them. 

 

AT&T does allow customers to have voice and/or data without a text messaging plan.  I don't have a text messaging plan and have text messages blocked on my line so that I don't get hit with pay per use charges from text messages from people who don't know me well.

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Master

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21stNow is correct. AT&T dropped both of their 200 and 1000 messages plans earlier this year. The OP only has two choices - pay the pay-per-use rate or go with unlimited. I bet I can guess which decision they think would sound like a better deal.

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My plan charges $.20 for text msgs and $.30 for MMSing photos. I have my new iPhone 4S setting adjusted to show "Send as SMS" turned OFF  - BUT, I'm still seeing the same charges posted to my account for texts I sent or received between other family members who also have iPhones with AT&T accounts. They all register as texts and not as data on my account. Where/when does free texting apply? 

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The messages must be sent as iMessage.  iMessages show as blue bubbles in the messaging app.

 

iMessage only works on iDevice running iOS5 and higher.  If your friends/relatives with iDevices have not upgraded those devices to iOS5, then there is no way to use iMessage to communicate with them.

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ACE - Expert

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scotpond wrote:

My plan charges $.20 for text msgs and $.30 for MMSing photos. I have my new iPhone 4S setting adjusted to show "Send as SMS" turned OFF  - BUT, I'm still seeing the same charges posted to my account for texts I sent or received between other family members who also have iPhones with AT&T accounts. They all register as texts and not as data on my account. Where/when does free texting apply? 


Make sure that they all have iMessage turned on in their Messaging Settings.

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Re: Text Messaging and iOS 5

Thanks everyone!  One last thing...

 

I assume if I turn off the "Send as SMS" option if iMessage is not available, I will still be able to send regular test messages to those people not running iOS 5?

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Re: Text Messaging and iOS 5

That's correct!
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