Help make my iphone 5s messaging not horrible?
February 16, 2014 8:11 PM Subscribe
A convoluted story about failing to get an iPhone 5S to successfully do all messaging over SMS/MMS rather than iMessage. I would like a way to keep my cellular network turned off, but still be able to send and receive messages without constant errors.
posted by Buckt to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hey, I'd love some help with some problems I've been having. I got an iphone 5s last week, and I have a very restricted data plan (300mb). Because of that, I hoped to just keep the data network off most of the time - I have wifi most places, and so far that hasn't been a problem at all. Except for everything involving messaging. I have unlimited text messages, and in principle those messages don't require the data network at all; they send over SMS (cellular network). So I was hoping that I could send everything over text and simply disable iMessage. This doesn't seem to work, as other people's phones default to sending messages over iMessage rather than texts, and so when I did that I simply failed to receive a bunch of messages. People were getting errors, my mom was confused, etc. etc.
So I turned iMessage back on. Now many messages (especially group & photo messages) default to being sent over iMessage rather than text, which means that if I'm not connected to a wifi network (or the network is acting up), my messages simply fail to send, despite the fact that I have the "Send as SMS (when iMessage is unavailable)" setting enabled on my phone. It might just be that I'm not good with IOS 6, but thus far when a message fails to send, about half of the time I can't find any option to force it to send as SMS/MMS.
And finally, I assume due to some nonsense involving this stuff, in my texting history for each contact, even though I currently have iMessage turned on, all of the texts that were originally sent or received over iMessage are missing. Some of these conversations are literally 7 years old, and I've always enjoyed looking back through them from time to time, so it makes me sad to think that these issues with iMessage mean that this history will be forever lost.
Can you help me? Is there any way I can get messaging to work in a reasonable way with my cell network turned off? I feel like this problem wouldn't exist without iMessage, like if I were using an Android phone. So maybe I could jailbreak my phone and spoof it to report itself as a non-iPhone, so that iPhone users always default to sending me messages over SMS? Or maybe there's some better way to deal with these issues? Many thanks!