Originally Posted by ConradJoe
Somehow, ISTM that even if all the iDevices suddenly stopped using SMS services (which ain't ever gonna happen), 5% is not much of a "threat".
The stats show that iOS device owners send an average amount of text messages: iOS has about 5% of the phone market, and their owners send about 5% of text traffic.
However, the text traffic is more profitable than phone or data. The real threat would be if iMessage were to ever become an open standard. Apple promised FaceTime as an open standard at one point (although I wonder what happened to that). If iMessage became an open standard and spread to other platforms, it could become significant.
In fact, it almost has to do that to be of any use. I can't imagine many people using SMS for texting and switching to iMessage only when texting another iOS 5.0 user. Just too much of a pain to remember who is using what - and too little advantage. So I expect iMessage to either flop or spread outside of iOS 5.
Originally Posted by alcstarheel
She's saying if you don't have a texting plan that would be your per\\text price compared to the data being sent. Some people don't have text plans and are willing to pay the $0.20 each.
The example was someone spending $1500 on SMS. That's 7500 messages at $0.20. Do you know ANYONE who would send that many messages in a month who doesn't have a text plan? That would be inordinately stupid.
Even if there might be one or two people out there crazy enough to do it, it's silly to use such an extreme example. It just has no bearing in the real world and is the worst kind of fluff that tries to pass as journalism.
And the entire premise is flawed. If you can only message with other iOS 5 users, you will still need a text plan, anyway, so it probably won't save you any money (certainly not the people who already have unlimited text plans).