Messages defaults to use of iMessage, and falls back to SMS if the recipient does not support iMessage. Why change that behavior? iMessage doesn't count as SMS, so people without unlimited texting can still use iMessage without limitation.
Outdated information not relevant to the OP.There is one teensy, but major caveat.
If you have a contact that has an iPhone and you message them it keeps that contact as iMessage. If they then switch to something other then an iPhone and forget to turn off iMessage on their phone before getting rid of it you will have a very hard time sending them texts.
You will receive their texts, but your phone will try to send an iMessage to then and fail.
I believe this is actually a fault on Apples server system and not between the 2 phones themselves.
iMessage has many useful features that standard SMS does not provide (at least as it's implemented on iOS).
Outdated and irrelevant?Outdated information not relevant to the OP.
Apple has released a utility to resolve this issue.
And what about the massive amount of people who are not tech savvy and not aware of the situation? The ones that do not know they THEY have to fix the problem.This article was updated on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. PT :Apple recently released a new web tool to help iPhone owners deregister phone numbers from iMessage. All you have to do is enter your phone number and Apple will send you a 6-digit code to confirm deregistration. The tool can be accessed by clicking on this link.
Yes. At the time the thread began, the relevant fixing utility had already been released.Outdated and irrelevant?
They will Google for "remove phone number from iMessage" or a similar phrase and click on the top hit.And what about the massive amount of people who are not tech savvy and not aware of the situation? The ones that do not know they THEY have to fix the problem.