Wireless telecom industries are really worried with Apple’s iMessage. ‘iMessage’ will be released this week and will allow iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners to send unlimited messages for free.
Problem for Telecom Operators
The major corporations in the telecom industry are worried that making money of messages will soon be diluted. This free unlimited messaging will be possible in iOS 5 devices only i.e. only iOS 5 devices can send messages and only iOS 5 gadgets can receive them. Apple which has always known to revolutionize the technology will take another major step this time with the absence of Steve Jobs.
The text messaging makes about $20 billion. Now companies like Verizon, which makes $7 billion from text messaging alone every year, will face challenges.
RIM Messenger’s Effect
Research in Motion’s (RIM) messenger for Blackberry phones is also similar to Apple’s iMessage. RIM’s success in creating a messenger for Smartphone probably led to Apple’s creation. Since blackberry owners are hesitant to move to other phones due to this service, Apple has come up with a similar option as well to help make these conversions.
It is remained to be seen how successful Apple’s messaging service is. If however the iMessage does become popular then all text messages in future could in fact be free.