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iMessages...whats the point? (Longish)

by andy2373    Apr 5, 2012, 1:55 PM

As I understood it iMessages were free. Yet my iMessages were/are being pulled out of my text allotment with VZW.
Yes the message bubbles were blue, yes it says iMessage where you enter text, yes I was on a data network 3G/Wi-Fi, yes iMessages is turned on in settings, and yes the others have iOS 5 devices.
Well is as many weeks I called VZW because I'm fast approaching my text message limit and they assure me this isn't possible. "Well I'm looking at my text message details right now and there are about 65 messages registered without any description as to what they are. Domestic text, MMS, etc." VZW "That can't be possible, iMessages use data not SMS. Let me fill out a trouble ticket. But in the mean time for $7 more a month you could get unlimited texts therefore this wouldn't be a problem." And so on and so forth. The rep even suggested I send an iMessage and check my account in an hour or so and see if the text count had gone up.
So A. I opted for the unlimited text for $7 more. B. I did send an iMessage and check my account an hour later. And guess what, not only didn't the iMessage register but the original 65 iMessages in question disappeared. Shocked
So I'm left wondering if this is some sort of scam, oversight, technical glitch, etc?

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