“A well-informed little birdie tells me that Apple’s phone carrier partners around the world found out about iMessages [sic] when we did: during today’s keynote,” John Gruber reports for Daring Fireball.
“iOS 5, which is due out this fall, features a new messaging service, allowing iPad and iPod touch users to ‘join the conversation,'” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider. “iMessage allows unlimited text messages via Wi-Fi or 3G from one mobile iOS device to another. Built right into the Messages app, users can send text, photos, videos, locations and contacts.”
Ong reports, “The news of Apple’s iMessage may have been quite the shock for wireless providers, which bring in substantial revenue from SMS plans. Gruber himself noted that he plans to cancel his SMS plan as soon as iMessage is available. The feature will also compete against a number of iOS apps that offer SMS-like functionality.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’re with Gruber on this: Our SMS plans will be cancelled the moment iMessage ships.
[Thanks to Gomer Pyle for the headline.]
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