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 05-16-2018 02:07 PM
offroad1994
 
Where are we all with using Apple IMESSAGE as a choice? Or turning that off and always using the cell tower providing cell service to text ?

1) does Apple IMESSAGE servers get overloaded? Does the app on an iPhone fail to connect to iMessage servers, and just delay texts?

2) does a cell tower provider for text services always work for you? Why go through a third party like Apple, when the cellist provider does text well enough ?



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 05-16-2018 03:49 PM
high technology
 
iMessage uses data, whether Wi-Fi or cellular data. We never encounter iMessage issues, and if you’re using an MVNO they doesn’t support Wi-Fi calling/texting, then iMessage is a good thing. It also shows if a message was delivered (or read if the recipient has that option enabled), which regular text messaging doesn’t do.
 
 05-16-2018 04:00 PM
SoNic67
 
SMS over cell tower works even when you have "only" 2G signal, that's the biggest advantage.
There are 1000 apps that do the same thing outside of walls of Apple. WhatsApp, Hangouts for example.
 
 05-16-2018 04:03 PM
clocks11 
 
I use Google Voice for all texting.
 
 05-16-2018 06:56 PM
anthonysjenning
 
Originally posted by offroad1994:
Where are we all with using Apple IMESSAGE as a choice? Or turning that off and always using the cell tower providing cell service to text ?

1) does Apple IMESSAGE servers get overloaded? Does the app on an iPhone fail to connect to iMessage servers, and just delay texts?

2) does a cell tower provider for text services always work for you? Why go through a third party like Apple, when the cellist provider does text well enough ?

Sometimes I feel I'm eternally tethered to iMessage. Good stuff: it's encrypted end-to-end; I collect payments from friends and neighbors via Apple Pay Cash in iMessage; most of my texting is iMessage so I can now pay as you go for SMS, since those amount to about 10 messages a month at 1 cent each on Tello. Bad stuff: There goes that ten cents to Tello. SMS good stuff: nearly everyone on Earth with a mobile phone has it. Bad stuff: unencrypted; your provider will hand your messages over to the government in half-a-heartbeat.

I've never had any technical/server overload issues with iMessage. SMS messages sometimes disappear into the ether... Also with SMS you're limited to the 140/160 characters before messages get broken up. You can send super-long iMessages and attachments (songs, documents, etc).
 
 05-16-2018 08:14 PM
offroad1994
 
Originally posted by anthonysjenning:
Sometimes I feel I'm eternally tethered to iMessage. Good stuff: it's encrypted end-to-end; I collect payments from friends and neighbors via Apple Pay Cash in iMessage; most of my texting is iMessage so I can now pay as you go for SMS, since those amount to about 10 messages a month at 1 cent each on Tello. Bad stuff: There goes that ten cents to Tello. SMS good stuff: nearly everyone on Earth with a mobile phone has it. Bad stuff: unencrypted; your provider will hand your messages over to the government in half-a-heartbeat.

I've never had any technical/server overload issues with iMessage. SMS messages sometimes disappear into the ether... Also with SMS you're limited to the 140/160 characters before messages get broken up. You can send super-long iMessages and attachments (songs, documents, etc).


Great points.


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