Apple Gives Wireless Carriers the Finger with iMessage for iOS

Posted on June 6, 2011 by

Apple introduced a new messaging service today that will be available in iOS 5. It’s called iMessage and will allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to send unlimited text messages over WiFi or 3G. It’s built into the Messages app and users can send text, photos, videos, locations and contacts. iMessage also supports delivery receipts and optional read receipts. Another cool feature is that you can start a conversation on one of your iOS devices and pick up where you left off on another.

Wireless carriers bring in substantial revenue from SMS plans, so I have a feeling they aren’t going to be happy about iMessage. I know I’m going to at least lower my SMS plan once iMessage is released, if not cancel it entirely. Most of my family and friends have iPhones or use Google Talk, so it’s really pointless to pay for the wireless carrier’s outrageously priced SMS plan, especially when I’m already paying for unlimited data.

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