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I have a new iPad air wifi no cellular and set up iMessage but I cannot send messages to non iPad or iPhone users from Messages. It always tries to send the message but every time, it just stops and outputs that it has not been delivered. When I turn iMessage off every time I want to send a text message it asks to login. I can send messages on my iPhone to the same people that I want to message to using my iPad, with no problem.

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iMessage is a service that allows you to send text message to other iDevice that has iMessage enabled. (iMessages aren't SMS). It has to be on the send messages from your iPad. –  Matthieu Riegler Nov 4 '13 at 0:29
    
Vic, please grammar check your question before posting. We appreciate questions that are clear, concise, and eloquent. –  XAleXOwnZX Nov 4 '13 at 1:26

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iMessage is actually an instant messaging service, like Google Talk or AOL Instant Messenger, except iMessage is made by Apple and is only for Apple products. Only an iPhone with cellular can send SMS messages as well, and can automatically associate phone numbers of registered iMessage users with iMessage accounts, so if you try to use the app to send a text to a phone number registered to an iPhone, it will send an iMessage instead. iPads cannot send SMS messages to non-Apple devices nor an iMessage to a phone number not registered with iMessage from a Wi-Fi-only device.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3529

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Obviously, since it's NOT cellular, there won't be a place to put in a SIM card to text message non Apple users. What iMessage uses is something like WhatsApp, just that it has to be directly connected live to the recipient. It will send iMessages - and other devices at this time of writing is NOT compatible with iMessage (except Apple Devices and macs updated to Lion or newer)

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There is no need to embolden the not's, and the tone of this is condescending. Try to be more factual, and helpful. It may be more useful to mention that only sim-cards have access to the gsm netwrok to send SMS messages –  wrossmck Feb 19 at 23:08

After 3 visits to an Apple store Genius Bar, I was finally informed that Ipad Air messaging only works when sending or receiving text messages with other apple products. This, in my opinion, makes it essentially useless. Since most of my messaging contacts do not have apple products, I turned off my iPad Air messaging and simply use my iPhone for all of my text messaging. I consider this to be a design flaw in iPad Air which will hopefully be recognized and corrected sometime in the near future.

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There are apps to bridge the gap. Try WhatsApp for one or Simple SMS or Real SMS or any of the dozens of SMS apps for iPad on the store. –  bmike Mar 5 at 0:22

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