Is the sms between iphones free under any plan?

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Is the sms between iphones free under any plan?

I was told that sms between iphones under att plan is free.  could anyone verify this?  thanks.

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jianlin wrote:

I was told that sms between iphones under att plan is free.  could anyone verify this?  thanks.


 Iphones use Imessage, which utilize data to transfer between iphones so there is no need for a text message system. but tosend text messages to any other phone it utilizes sms which is chargable if you do not have a text plan. SMS is not free

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wingrider01 wrote:

jianlin wrote:

I was told that sms between iphones under att plan is free.  could anyone verify this?  thanks.


 Iphones use Imessage, which utilize data to transfer between iphones so there is no need for a text message system. but tosend text messages to any other phone it utilizes sms which is chargable if you do not have a text plan. SMS is not free


As Wingrider said, SMS messages are not free but iMessage messages are (except for whatever data they use). The iphone will send via iMessage when sending to another iphone or Apple device but will revert to SMS if iMessage is not available unless you go to Settings/Messages and set "Send as SMS" to off. You need to make sure other iphone users do they same thing.

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Hi,

 

I was told by an ATT representative that iMessage is only free when you are on Wifi.

 

Suppose the Sender is on Wifi and the Receiver is on CellularData. I was told that the Sender will NOT be charged but the Recevier will be charged. Can someone confirm?

 

Thanks!

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user5678 wrote:

Hi,

 

I was told by an ATT representative that iMessage is only free when you are on Wifi.

 

Suppose the Sender is on Wifi and the Receiver is on CellularData. I was told that the Sender will NOT be charged but the Recevier will be charged. Can someone confirm?

 

Thanks!


No, neither sender or receiver is charged. The receiver will use up some of their data plan but there is no extra charge unless they go over their data plan, but that would be for additional data, not a charge for the iMessage. 

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user5678 wrote:

Hi,

 

I was told by an ATT representative that iMessage is only free when you are on Wifi.

 

Suppose the Sender is on Wifi and the Receiver is on CellularData. I was told that the Sender will NOT be charged but the Recevier will be charged. Can someone confirm?

 

Thanks!

 


 Imessage only utilizes data when you are communicating apple device to apple device. If the receiving device is not on wifi then it uses the cellular data, if the recieving device is not an apple product it utilizes sms/mms texting plan.  So yes the recieving device will be dinged on the data plan
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I was told by an ATT representive Reciever will be charged and she gave me the Apple contact number to confirm. I have 3 months of bills to show I am being charged.

 

How about if the Receiver has:

1. iMessage turned ON,

2. "Send as SMS" turned OFF

3. Cellular Data turned OFF

4. No Wifi

 

Now if the Sender on Wifi sends an iMessage will the Receiver be charged? I guess this is what is happening in our case.

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Both Sender and Receiver are using iPhone5

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If the sender has "send as SMS" turned on the message will be sent as SMS due to the receiver having no data signal so the receiver will receive the message as a SMS and be charged.
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But the Sender (me) does NOT have "Send as SMS" turned ON. Still the Receiver gets the message as SMS and is charged
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I would think if the sender had "send as SMS" turned off the message would never be sent.
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gphipps wrote:
I would think if the sender had "send as SMS" turned off the message would never be sent.

That is only true if the sending phone knows that the receiving phone can be reached by iMessage. In other words, even with "send as SMS" off, you can still send an SMS to a non-iPhone. If the sending iPhone does not know that the receiving phone is iMessage capable, it will send as SMS. 

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user5678 wrote:
But the Sender (me) does NOT have "Send as SMS" turned ON. Still the Receiver gets the message as SMS and is charged

When you send to them, what color is the outgoing message? Blue means it was sent as an iMessage. Green means it was sent as SMS. Also, what exactly are they being charged? Is it $0.20 or do they just see it as data usage?

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The ones that I am being charged for are Green. The ones that I am NOT being charged for are Blue. Why would a iPhone-2-iPhone txt via iMessage ever be Green?

We are on a "pay as you use" plan for text so we are being charged $0.20 per message.

The only thing that makes sense to me is that if you have "Cellular Data" OFF & No WiFi, you will get charged for msgs via iDevice/iMessage.
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Does the sender have your number listed as an iPhone? If not and the receiver has no data signal the senders phone has no way of knowing the receiver is an iPhone and thus doesn't use iMessage.
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