First of all, we have to make it clear that iMessage is simply not what will replace the text messages that we are all familiar with today. On one hand, we have its limitation to work only on iOS devices and potentially Macs in the future. So, unless everybody in the world owns an iPhone, good old texting is still going to be around.
profits that they make from selling texting plans to their subscribers. Apple designed iMessage to be seamlessly integrated with its regular messaging app and gave it the ability to determine whether the person that you are texting can receive iMessages or not. Thanks to that, users will have no troubles avoiding charges for text messages at any possible moment, sometimes without even realizing it. It is interesting to know that none of the carriers were aware of iMessage up until it got introduced mere days ago. Call it intuition, if you will, but something tells us that they were not happy to find out that their profits from texting could be in danger. Will carriers step in and limit the usage of the free service in some way?
iMessage is integrated with the standard iOS messaging app
Now that one major smartphone platform will have its own integrated messaging system, could we possibly get a similar functionality in Android and Windows Phone devices in the future? Nobody knows at this moment, but there may be a trend forming before our eyes. If iMessage picks up in popularity enough to make smartphone users drop their old handsets in favor of the iPhone, Google and Microsoft might adopt the idea and develop alternatives of their own.
So, even though iMessage will be yet another reason to own an iOS device, it is not very likely to witness too major of an impact by it at this time, and it is still too early to write off plain old text messages completely. However, if you have an entirely different opinion on the matter, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.