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How do I get text messaging to work on my ipad3?

Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by elle_sc, Aug 9, 2012.

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    My wi-fi is on but when I send something I keep getting delivery failure?????
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    If you are using the Messages app, it can only send to other iOS devices, and only if the recipient's device has been registered/signed-in in Messages' settings.
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    Everything it's difficult on this iPad....

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    The confusion with Messages on the iPad is that a lot of people expect it to work just like SMS does on a Phone. SMS is a phone based service, and only SMS works like SMS. On the iPad Messages only uses iMessage (Apples' chat service), not SMS. At least for now.

    Other messages service (like iMessage) require an internet connection and the same (or compatible) app on each device or computer. Messages is that kind of app, and since the app is only available on Apple computers and devices it's somewhat limited. Just like FaceTime.

    There is a bit more confusion in that the Messages app on the iPhone can use both SMS and iMessages (because it's a phone). It can be configured to use the most efficient service, depending on who/what you are trying to communicate with.
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    Thank u so much! Any recommendations on one of the free text messaging apps?
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    No, I'm afraid I don't use one. Maybe somebody else who does will chime in.
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    HeyWire Free Texting has good reviews at the App Store.
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    In the UK HeyWire only works if the person you are sending to has the app as well, seriously annoying grrrrrrrr

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