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The Apple Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by ChetB, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. humza

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    Do you guys have any suggestions for a good case for iPad air 2?
     


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    ethanm Stylish Dinosaur

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    Every time I take my phone out of its case I'm amazed by how ugly space grey is.

    Just ordered an NGP because I find the Dual Pro to be too bulky and the rubberized part is peeling in the corners and exposing the glossy plastic that it's adhered to.
     


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    you're in a bathroom, aren't you?
     


  4. ethanm

    ethanm Stylish Dinosaur

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    Ha no just a restaurant that mysteriously gets really poor reception. I have a theory that they are plutonium smugglers and have lined their roof with lead.
     
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    it's bent!
     


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    GreenFrog Stylish Dinosaur

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    Does anyone understand how the Apple Messages app on Mac laptops sends regular text messages? I understand how it could send iMessages through the internet.. but how does it send regular text messages to non-iPhone people without a cellular connection?

    It's not through my phone because I turned off Continuity..
     
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    Look up "SMS gateway".
     


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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    I've used a service called twilio to do some stuff at work. Basically gave me an api to their system so I could add SMS alerts to my programs.

    Believe it could do more than just send and receive texts (could also support calls and voice mails) and it was dirt cheap.

    Google voice has been able to do it for 4-5 years for free.
     


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    ethanm Stylish Dinosaur

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    Does anybody know if in a group text it sends iMessages to iPhones in the group and SMS to the rest?
     


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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    Sends MMS to the rest (which is notably different from an SMS)
     


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    ethanm Stylish Dinosaur

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    Well what I really want to know is in a group text with 5 iPhones and 2 non iPhones, am I sending out 7 texts a pop?
     


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    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Well anything sent to an iOS user is free. Not that it really matters much anymore since all the carriers are pushing all in plans these days with unlimited texting, but tiered data.
     


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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    May vary by provider, but I *think* you are sending 1 text.

    the 5 iphones go out as iMessages, and the 2 non-iphones go out as an MMS with all 7 people's numbers attached (unlike SMS, MMS can have multiple recipients). Pretty sure most carriers gave up on charging differently for MMS and SMS messages a long time ago.
     


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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    And yeah, like Mouse said...it is pretty much unlimited texting everywhere. I was on an old 200 text plan but was basically blowing through it every month (didn't care much as my employer covers it).

    That used to be more than enough since I mostly used my Google Voice number...but ever since iPhones led the charge in sending MMS instead of SMS, I had to switch to using my normal carrier (GV has issues with MMS).

    Tried to switch up my line to unlimited texting, and we ended up changing the whole family plan. Instead of shared rollover minutes and per-line data/texting, we now just have unlimited voice/texting and 3gb of shared data for a good chunk less than we were paying on the old system. My dad lost his grandfathered unlimited data...but our total usage is nowhere near it being worthwhile.
     


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