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Old 01-30-2015, 10:19 PM
 
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How come for one person it gets sent as an imessage while the others send as text message? What really is the difference? Also why isn't the other person receiving the messages until I change each specific message to send out as a text message? How can I just set it to always send text messages as default?
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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iMessages are exclusive to iPhones so if you send one to a Motorola, Samsung, Nokia (for example) phone it is sent/delivered as a standard text message. iPhone users can send all messages as a standard text message if they turn off the iMessage feature in their iPhone. No mystery here.
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Old 01-31-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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What dontaskwhy is the bottomline. But iMessage does something else as explained below (link). If you have unlimited text service, then you don't have to use iMessage if you don't want. But if you have limited text service from your provider, then you still can send text messages using Wi-Fi at home or at work, which in turn will avoid being overcharged by your cell service provider. iMessage just makes it possible for you to send text messages through the Apple networks instead of your service provider.

Since I have nationwide unlimited text and voice, I don't turn iMessage on at the iPhone's Settings. When I look at my "Messages" settings on the iPhone, iMessage is turned off, and MMS Messaging and Group Messaging are turned on.

http://www.ianswerguy.com/imessage-difference/

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Old 02-13-2015, 09:04 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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is this still a bug:
Be Wary of Group Messaging in iOS 5 If You Don't Want to Reply All

it's annoying getting a dozen replies to a joke your not a part of.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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is this still a bug:
Be Wary of Group Messaging in iOS 5 If You Don't Want to Reply All

it's annoying getting a dozen replies to a joke your not a part of.
Have you actually had this happen to you recently? That piece is from '09 and so I doubt the same preferences are still in play.

Do you actually have an iPhone? If so, have you visited the Preference section for iMessage and have you set the perimeters you desire?

No one I know even uses iOS 5 for actual phone/messaging use any longer.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Have you actually had this happen to you recently? That piece is from '09 and so I doubt the same preferences are still in play.

Do you actually have an iPhone? If so, have you visited the Preference section for iMessage and have you set the perimeters you desire?

No one I know even uses iOS 5 for actual phone/messaging use any longer.
This is still the way group messages work in iOS (and is the way they're supposed to work). iOS 8 gives the option to choose not to receive replies to group threads though and also whether to leave the group message conversation. So yes that article he posted is obsolete today.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:03 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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sorry, the last time I noticed it was for thanksgiving. I don't have an ifone. I saw the thread in the merged science and technology section and thought my anecdote was helpful to the op but obviously the bug has been fixed so their issue must be different.
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