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Alright. A quick story line about my situation, I've been reading a lot of similar problems but not quite the same. So maybe somebody can clue me in on a possible fix, easiest as possible. I would GREATLY appreciate that.
I've had the Samsung Galaxy S (Rogers) since the day it came out. Months later, I hated the reception it was giving, so I had to get a new phone from a different carrier, so I chose Bell (since I've many an issue from Telus in my younger teenage days). And so I naturally kept my samsung as a spare emergency phone and tucked it away to never be used again, dropped the bill to 20 a month and that was that.
So now I live in a different town 2 hours away from where I used to live, and my iPhone has been a great phone as far as everything goes. My girlfriend has been needing a new phone as her old flip phone is about to bite the dust. To save us both a lot of money and time, it was easier just to add unlimited texting to the rogers samsung and change the number to a local, as opposed to adding a new phone to my plan.
That was done in a matter of minutes, no hassle. Checked the samsung about a half hour after the changing the number, and all was changed just fine.
Tested it to see if it would send texts. Perfect. My iPhone 4 received it nearly instantiously. BUT, when I send the samsung a text, it sends it as an iMessage? ***, why? It makes no sense in any way, nor should it EVER make sense. But, it is what it is. Here's the kicker. My iPhone 4 has NO problem sending a call to the Android. So that's at least a little bit of good news. It's just the iMessage having issues, because the Android doesn't have it lol.
This isn't just MY iPhone 4, her brother also has one (same fully updated iOS), and we asked him to send my Android a text, but his also does the same thing. He gets the texts, but sends them as an iMessage. So this is a problem, and a huge issue to not just ME, but a LOT of people it seems.
Any ideas? And sorry for the long story, just seemed easier to explain myself so everyone has a clear understanding of the situation.
Alright, I still don't have a fix, but somewhat a resolved issue for myself.
I phoned Rogers support to see if they had any idea, and someone suggested turning off iMessage, send a text to the Android, let the Android send one back, and add the number to your contacts list (hoping that it won't re-register it as an iPhone number), and then to turn iMessage back on.
Unfortunately, this didn't resolve the issue. After turning it back on, it started sending it as an iMessage all over again to the Android.
So for me, since I have unlimited texting/video messaging in my plan, I can simply leave it turned off (don't know for sure if this affects Facetime or not) and this fixes MY problem.
So to whoever has unlimited texting in their phone plan, just turn iMessage off. Done.
I wish I knew how to fix the issue to this particular problem, but I don't, and doesn't seem like anyone else does thus far.
If that doesn't work, then try deleting your girlfriend's contact card and making a new one: set it up with only her phone number first and try a text. If it doesn't go through then it might be an issue with the phone itself.
Has this personally worked for you? I've tried that, maybe twice now. I'm just not exactly sure what the issue is. It can't be the phone itself, as I've mentioned, her brother has the same phone and his is doing the exact same thing. Just sends iMessages. It's weird.
We're looking into considering "MightyText" but that requires data. Which means more money, but still is better than buying her an iPhone yet. Just need a solution to last one year lol.
Can she receive texts from a non-iPhone? If she can't then it's an issue with the Samsung.
And to be more specific, I've done exactly what you said. I even have her number under "mobile" and not "iphone" in the contacts.
I even tried turning on subject field as to send mms messages. But still sends everything as iMessages. Sigh...
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