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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:30

iOS instant messaging upsets telecoms

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Takes the SMS money away
Telecoms in Europe can make some 12 to 20 percent of their total revenue on SMS, and no wonder they were not big fans of an iPhone 5 iOS feature called iMessages.

Apple wants to connect all iOS users and let them talk to each other. This would not be so bad, if this wouldn’t mean that telecoms will lose the SMS and MMS money to Apple. Apple’s basic idea is that you can send unlimited number of messages via WiFi or 3G from iPhone, iPad or iPod to anyone with these devices.

iMessage is built in the Message application and instead of shooting off an SMS you will be able to send an “Apple SMS” and save a few cents on each message. This makes Apple’s case and necessity to become the part of Apple inner circle much better, but will cost telecoms some money.

We are quite sure that telecoms won’t be able to change much, but how knows maybe some brave one might end up blocking the app, at least over its 3G. We expect iOS5 to appear this fall for iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, once the latter launches, which is sometime between August and never if you ask analysts.
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+2 #1 Bl0bb3r 2011-07-13 12:00
I remember Nokia having something like Push2Talk,a walkie-talkie like feature... Orange wiped it out of every phone.

Be sure one of iPee's 5 bullet points won't show up in the end.
+7 #2 master811 2011-07-13 13:01
Erm surely this is no different from BlackBerry Messenger?
+5 #3 Exodite 2011-07-13 13:27
As long as it's iPhone-to-iPhone only I doubt it'll be that much money to the carriers.

Anyway, people that text a lot are probably already using WhatsApp or similar services.
+8 #4 fed44 2011-07-13 14:25
Sometimes I get the feeling Apple isn't good at the "making friends game"
+11 #5 Deanjo 2011-07-13 14:57
Screw the carriers. When they can justify charging even a penny for a maximum of 160 bytes of data they are still screwing over the customer. One webpage load can easily exceed what even the most avid texter can consume in bandwidth in a year.
+1 #6 Ollie 2011-07-13 22:13
*shrugs* there's already apps like Handcent on Android that can send both SMS and MMS over the net instead of OTA. Good luck to the carriers blocking stuff like that, I know they wouldn't, but Apple could just make it available as an app rather than part of the core OS, that way carriers couldn't block it.
0 #7 RChes 2011-07-15 05:58
but how knows maybe some brave one might end up blocking the app, at least over its 3G.
how knows??? I think you mean who knows.

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