Originally Posted by noexpectations
One big problem with iMessage: It is only on IOS devices. Most of the world is still not on IOS (though IOS market share continues to improve). iMessage only makes sense when you know that everyone you text with (now and in the future) is on IOS. That will never happen.
Telco text messaging (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint) is device agnostic....this is a great feature and they know it...which is why they continue to raise prices.
I guess I can always use iMessage and join a pay-per-use text plan.
Exactly. Text messaging works no matter what phone or network you are sending.
Originally Posted by gwlaw99
Get a google voice account and never pay for texting again.
Originally Posted by tmoore44
Google voice all the way. Never looked back.
Until google decides to charge for it. Also, last I checked you cant do international texting on Google Voice
Originally Posted by jsmythe00
IOS app Beejive. you can text most phones. Some cheap phones on sub networks like ntelos...wont allow ext to go through. But for your avg smart phone it's a non issue.
There's also a dozen and one text app thats a good workaround...google voice, IM+ pro...even YIM.
All these "text app replacements" rely upon you getting the people you text to all to join their communications network -- or you getting a 2nd phone number via the service so all your friends/Colleagues are given the task to deal with your multiple number (i.e. X number for voice, oh and if I want to text i need to use Y) Pain in the butt. SMS is good because it works with everyone from the get go. All messaging services are replacing the money you would spend with the carrier to provide the service, with you spending some time use an external service or convincing people to switch to an alternative instant message medium.
At the end of the day, SMS won't disappear because it's the only way that exists that always works no matter what the network or phone a person happens to use. So either pay your carrier with cash, or you pay with your time to use the alternatives.