I wrote a blog last Christmas “SMS is dead, long live IM” where I lamented the death of SMS, I really believed over the next few years that SMS would come under intense pressure from a number of sources like KIK, Ping Chat and many others. All of these have now been completly overtaken by Apple’s iMessage.
Not even one week after the release of IOS 5 I have received iMessage’s from both my sons iPod’s,they love this as it costs them nothing, plenty of messages backwards and forwards between friends Ipad’s and hundreds of iMessage’s from local and global friends, on my tests so far using MAXROAM I think you can have 250 messages for 1 MB of data and with carriers like Meteor charging 2c per MB for local usage in Ireland, well, thats a lot of messages.
The real key difference on the iPhone that has been upgraded to IOS 5 is the user doesn’t even have to think about it, the operating system does all the hard work, it knows that my contact is a fellow IOS5 user and sends the SMS using iMessage, this is huge, no thinking just transfer my message using the best method possible.
Just as a final tip, all iMessage’s will show up in blue in your iPhone.
Happy texting or not
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