Another feature of iOS 5 that my family is looking forward to is iMessage. We don’t like paying extra for text messaging, and nearly all our messages are to each other or people with iPhones. We couldn’t see spending $30 on family unlimited texting (although our stepson’s phone is provided by his father, and if he were on our plan, we’d have to use it) and instead have 200 messages for $5 each on our accounts, which we seldom use. Sometimes my wife will exceed that amount, but not often.
Our solution has been to use texting apps, such as TextNow, which has been okay, but increasingly flaky as iOS 5 approaches. We even paid the extra fee for permanent unlimited texting, but in the meantime, they’ve changed their terms of service so that ads now appear unless we pay to remove them. I still think that’s a little unethical for a “lifetime” subscription–but they see the writing on the wall with iOS 5 and so do we. Whenever iOS 5 is released, millions of iOS owners are going to delete those texting apps off their devices.
It’s a big deal–one of BlackBerry’s continued selling points is the BlackBerry-only messenger service. I think iMessage is going to be a HUGE selling point for kids and parents alike, for iPhones or iPod touches.
Once again, with Missouri’s new law in effect, I wouldn’t suggest that any teacher communicate directly back-and-forth with their students via text message, iMessage, or Facebook. I’m including this topic on this blog because these technology items go beyond the classroom into our personal lives.