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The iMessages app is where all of your text messages and picture/video messages live. To create a new message, tap the writing icon in the top right-hand corner. In the top field, you can simply start typing the name of whomever you want to send the message to, and it will show you matching names from your contacts. To start typing the message, tap the ‘Text Message’ field and use the on-screen keyboard. If you want to send a picture or video, tap the camera icon on the left-hand side of the text field; from here, you can elect to either shoot the photo or video there and then, or select a photo or video that you’ve already taken.
Pay attention to the colour of the ‘Send’ button. The regular colour is green, which means it will be sent as a standard message that goes through your carrier, and you’ll be charged the regular rates for SMS and MMS. If the ‘Send’ button is blue, however, this means the person you’re sending the message to has a device running the latest iOS 5 operating system (this includes iPod touches and iPads), and any messages you send to them are essentially free. We say ‘essentially’, as you aren’t charged by your carrier to send them, however the data that’s used for sending the message comes out of your 3G data allowance. For text messaging, this is a negligible amount, but it can add up if you send a lot of photos and videos. Need to know more?
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