I think this was the best tool apple ever created for the iPhone and definitely displays how technology brings the world closer. In my opinion BlackBerry’s BBM network doesn’t even compare! iMessage is already fully integrated into your normal text message button so you don’t have to remember which contacts have it or not!
Not only can you send regular text, photo, and video messages with iMessage, but contacts, voice memos, and locations as well.
Now I can “SMS” with all my friends and family all over the world as much as I want… the best part, its free! As long as you have an apple devices that has iOS5 or higher, who doesn’t? (ipod touch, iphone, ipad, ipad mini, imac, macbook, and macbook air)
Lets get started!
How to setup iMessage on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch:
1. Open Settings
2. Scroll down and click Messages
3. Slide iMessage to On (if it isn’t already)
Now your good to go!
How to set up iMessage on your Mac
1. Messages on your Mac
2. Click on the *Messages** menu and choose Preferences (or just type CMD+,)
3. Make sure the Enable this account is checked.
So now that your all set-up its time to test iMessage. Note that if your cell phone plan does not include data you can only use iMessage over WiFi.
Here is how to tell if you are sending iMessages or just regular texts. The message bubbles that you send are now blue on an iphone and remain green if you are just regular texting. Also the little bar where you type your message will also switch to say iMessage.
Be aware that when you leave the country your cellular data will automatically turn off to save you carrier roaming fees and since iMessage uses data messages will automatically turn back to texts and you will be charged international texting fees. If roaming is turned on you will be charged for using data which in most cases is more expensive. A good thing to know is that you can turn you iPhone into airplane mode but keep wifi settings on. Most large cities have plenty of “hot spots” so you will still be able to iMessage with other iPhone users back home.
If you are still a little confused email me for more details!