iMessage Curse and that lawsuit
Have iPhone, use iMessage, get new non-iPhone and no more sms for your contacts.
Apple is in trouble. A US court granted a class action regarding the iMessage idiocy.
It could have been so nice and peachy: Apple introduces a system that allows for an alternative to network SMS at almost no cost to the user. The end. "Happily ever after..." etc.
But no. The problem: people who used iMessage to send sms type messages to their contacts did not realise that when you take your sim card to use a phone that isn't an iPhone (Android, WP, BB), well... your friends and business clients and your ambulance chasing lawyer suddenly won't get those sms messages anymore.
Apple, so the outcriers, did not explain the process properly. Because: when you use iMessage, and then you stop using iMessage because you switch to a non iOS phone, you need to deregister your phone number from Apple's clutches.
Easy enough. IF you know.
The issue, again: plaintiffs argue they did not know, because Apple did not explain it. No warning popup, no little tutorial. Nothing...
In fact, even now, aeons later there still is no warning system in place.
True that - in the last two weeks I set up an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 5S that both came with iOS 8. Both had iMessage enabled as default. And no explanation. No popup...
Apple's stance: a) we saved people money by offering an alternative to costly SMS services. b) we haz a page to deregister your phone number from iMessage. c) people are lazy and ignorant ****, and we can't be at fault for the gene pool's
lack of chlorine... (well, something more legalese along those lines....)
We can argue the point here. Or not.
Can I sue Whatsapp because my skype and Viber friends don't get my messages?
Hmmmm..... Ridiculous, right?
But: what about blind consumerism? Is that Apple's fault?
And what about other services? How many popups and warnings should there be during the setup of a new phone?
IF you used iMessage in the past, and you no longer want to use it EVER AGAIN, or you switch to Android or WP or BB, VISIT Apple's "selfsove" page to deregister to your number! Then hope for the best.