iPhone users have the unique ability to choose their messaging platform for sending texts. There are a lot of PROS to utilizing the iMessage application, but things can get tricky for Apple users who have limited data and/or texting plans. Here, we have spelled out the PROS and CONS of the iMessaging platform, to help you make a better informed decision (for your wallet and your data plan) when sending your texts.
PROS TO USING IMESSAGE
- iMessage doesn’t cost anything to use. All text, picture and video messages are free.
- iMessage can often be quicker than SMS Messaging.
- It sends high quality photos, as opposed to the compressed pictures received through MMS messages.
- It maintains group conversations, so everyone replies to everyone in a group.
- If iMessage fails, it sends your text as an SMS text anyways. This is to prevent you from losing the message entirely.
- With iMessage, you are able to see if your message was “delivered” or “read.” With SMS Messaging, you get an error 30 minutes later saying “error did not send”.
- iMessage can be used internationally, as it uses your data and does not operate out of the text messaging application. These international texts are also free, and allow for further use of your iPhone when overseas.
- iOS Users can see when someone is responding to an iMessage with a gray response bubble.
- Users can also send and receive contact information and locations with their fellow Apple users.
- If you are running iOS 5 or higher, iMessage can be synced across all of your Apple devices.
CONS TO USING IMESSAGE
- iMessage is iOS compatible only, so it can only be used with iPads, iPods or iPhones.
- iMessage uses your data connection, so messages sent and received will come out of your data allowance when not using Wi-Fi. (Please note: carriers stress this feature does not use much data at all. Most of your phone’s messaging data usage is from photo and video messages. The transmission of text-only messages are measured in tiny kilobytes. This means that text messages sent using a data connection barely even dent data consumption levels on the smallest of plans)
- There is no option to disable iMessage from sending messages over cellular data, while keeping it enabled for Wi-Fi connections. You are forced to turn the feature off entirely and fall back to SMS Messaging. While this may work to avoid additional cellular data consumption, it can create overspending problems for those who do not have a generous texting plan.
The best solution for those users with a limited data plans, but heavily utilize multimedia based iMessages, would be to monitor your usage from time-to-time. Always be sure to connect to a Wi-Fi network whenever one is available.
Please remember that you can always cut back on sending photos and videos, or selectively send them as an SMS message instead. Just keep in mind that the SMS/MMS quality of images and movies is abysmal when compared to those sent through iMessage.