- 09-19-2012, 07:09 AM #1
I just noticed WP7 or 8 has no equivalent to iPhone's iMessage or BlackBerry Messenger.
Why is that?
It's not an important feature for me; more of a curiosity. Maybe the trend is to go away from proprietary chat apps?
- 09-19-2012, 07:19 AM #2
Maybe they preferred to have chat open to everyone instead of just their own users? I mean it's a smart move if you ask me. Because more people own androids than they own iphones. So why even limit yourself. Apple is very good at limiting folks. It's what they do best.
- 09-19-2012, 07:36 AM #5
- 09-19-2012, 07:41 AM #7
I use IM+ to connect to AIM (yes AOL) and yahoo. It uses the data connection. I can understand why someone would want to not use SMS, I don't understand the need for a proprietary system.
IM+ could use some work I know.
- 09-19-2012, 07:44 AM #9
To the OP, I think the the trend is cross OS messing now and and there are many good apps out there. We use GroupMe and our group has WP, Android, and iOS users. So a dedicated chat wouldn't work for us.
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- 09-19-2012, 07:54 AM #10
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- 09-19-2012, 09:56 AM #16
The only reason I have text plan is because I use it a lot. But I could be using a IM program for the same purpose. I have a 400 a month voice plan and only use about 100 minutes a month. I wished they offered a 150 minute plan.
Most people with these smartphones really use them for facebook and web browsing and don't really know how to take advantage of a smartphone true features, so I'm stuck getting text messages saying "hi". :(
- 09-19-2012, 02:24 PM #17
I prefer cross-platform IM apps, since I have friends who have iPhones/Androids/BlackBerrys. I have unlimited SMS, but many of my friends do not.
The app I like is WhatsApp, since it is cross-platform and uses data.
01-04-2013, 09:25 AM #18
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unless you have unlimited talk and text and limited data such as we do on Verizon. I hate IM+ and it seems to be the best of the worse. I just came over from an android to a lumia 822, love the phone, the reboot issue is getting troublesome though. my only real complaints are in regards to the apps. I know it is early in the game and things will get better, but damn, could we not at least have a good yahoo IM app???? the Facebook chat works nice integrated and Skype seems decent, never really used it before.
- 01-04-2013, 10:04 AM #19
WP8 does have "proprietary chat." It has Windows Live Messenger. Also Windows Live Messenger is getting folded into Skype so eventually it will be that.
I, too, only use SMS which some Facebook sprinkled in there. SMS is the only thing that 100% of all my family/friends/coworkers have.
I don't praise Apple that often, but I do totally love how iChat works. You just simply send somebody a SMS and if they are on an iOS device it goes out the data connection via iChat and if not, it does a SMS. Pretty damn simple indeed.
- 01-04-2013, 10:31 AM #20
01-04-2013, 10:33 AM #21
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I was really happy using Kik on WP7, but I can't seem to make the live tile update on WP8. I was on a limited texting plan, and using Kik was my way of keeping my sms under 200. When I went to my L920, I got my wife a L820 and we switched to one of the new shared data plans that has unlimited talk, unlimited text and of course limited data. Now I don't mind just using sms, but the group feature and the speed is not as good as Kik or something similar. I think the carriers are now realizing that data is where they can "exploit" the customers for more money and are limiting that on the new plans as opposed to limiting talk and text. By giving us an unlimited plan except for data, they get you back into using their network for voice and messaging instead of looking to use chat program or a VOIP service. I still have people that I message frequently that don't have unlimited sms though, and it would be nice if there was something that integrated into WP8 and was also cross platform.
- 01-04-2013, 11:04 AM #24
Go to Messaging
Open a conversation with someone you know that has a Windows Phone, or start a new conversation with that person
If you open an existing conversation, tap on the "Switch" icon at the bottom of the screen (the two arrows, facing left and right) and select "Messenger." Now you're sending them a WLMessenger message.
If you start a new conversation, start typing in the contact's name. You should see contacts appear via autocomplete, and there should be an option to send it to their telephone number or to them as a "Messenger" message.
01-04-2013, 11:34 AM #25
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