Do you know you can send text, image, and video for FREE with iMessage? iMessage is a free service from Apple. Communications between iMessage users are free via WiFi. You can have iMessage on iPhone, iPod, iPAD, and your MAC computer with OS X Mountain Lion.
How to set up iMessage?
Usually, iPhone automatically turns on iMessage during activation. If not, turn it “On”. If you want to have the ability to send text when there is no WiFi, set “Send as SMS” to “On”. This lets you send text via your cell phone’s cellular plan when iMessage service is not available, for example, text to someone with a cell phone other than iPhone.
Next to “Receive At”, you probably will see you phone number. If not, you can put your phone number there. You can also add an email address to receive messages. In fact, you can add more than one email addresses to receive messages.
“MMS Messaging” lets you send image and video files, in addition to texts. “Group Messaging” allows communications among more than two persons.
Setting up on iPAD is similar. You need iOS 6 to add a phone number to receive messages. Otherwise, you can use the email address associated with you Apple ID.
Now you have iMessage set up, whenever you want to send a message (text or image), just tap on the “Message” button.
How to tell it is FREE?
I do want to warn you, messages over iMessage are only free when you use WiFi. The easy way to tell if your message is free is by the color of the text bubble. If the text bubble is blue, it is free. If the text bubble is green, it is not free. You can see the example below. The one on the left is free, the one on the right is not.