SMS texting on the way out.
Apple unveiled the iMessage messaging service coming in iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011. iMessage allows you to easily send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. iMessages are automatically pushed to all your iOS 5 devices, making it easy to maintain one conversation across your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption.
The WSJ mentions in a report that Google has also already worked on a messaging application for Android. Looks like it is time we say good bye to the SMS. iMessage is also seen to compete with RIM's messaging service. It sure is yet another argument for enterprise users to go with an iPhone instead of a BlackBerry.
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The big open question is now how carriers will react to iMessage and similar services. They are used to charge us for SMS messages. It could be that iPhone plans will get more expensive again.