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Cell phone capabilities - "Text messages" vs. "Instant messaging"?

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Cell phone capabilities - "Text messages" vs. "Instant messaging"?

CharlieSpencer
I have no practical reason to ask this question; I'm just seeking general knowledge.

I heard a cell phone ad on the tube this weekend. Among other features the ad mentioned "text and IM". Here's my stupid question, keeping in mind I've never used either (or a cell phone, for that matter):

What's the difference between text messaging and instant messaging?

Thanks.
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    Pringles86

    The difference between text messaging and Instant Messaging are that you need the person's phone number for a text message. Whereas in instant messaging, you can sign in to a program (aol, yahoo, msn...) and send a message to their screen name with your screen name.

    I believe that is the only difference between them when referring to cell phones.

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    jmcguire

    Text messages go to a cell phone via the recipient's phone number. Does IM go to a cell phone also?

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    ThumbsUp2

    if the recipient has enabled that feature.

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    shiny_topadm

    would be that "text messages" are similar to email, in that you are sending a message to an inbox to be read later; "instant messages" usually have both parties connected "now" so a bi-directional link is established and you can have more of a conversation / dialog in real time.

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    CharlieSpencer

    "'instant messages' usually have both parties connected "now" ... and you can have more of a conversation ..."

    If I'm using a phone for this, what's the advantage of IM over making a voice call? It seems to me that would be easier than wearing out my thumbs.

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    Pringles86

    If you are texting or IMing, you can do it in places where you shouldn't be talking. Library, meeting, class, work... You also have more of a chance to think of something to say. If you are on the phone and there is a long silence, the other person notices. If there is a long delay in responded to an IM or text, that is understandable for numerous reasons (the person is busy, they are slow at typing, or even lag time going over the air).

    Voice calls are typically faster since most people can talk faster than they can text. I still prefer texting though since I can send a reply when I am not so busy.

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    rkuhn

    Get back into the biz of technical advice. :)

    Apparently, the world is passing you by...BTW, I agree, cell phones are a pain in the arse and I DEFINITELY don't want IM, texting, cams, etc.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I don't understand the urge to be in constant contact. Maybe it's because I didn't grow up with the capability, so I don't miss what I never had. I was never a big user of the telephone to begin with, and e-mail is a tool I use almost exclusively at work. My only experience with IM was a trial installation within the IT department for the summer three years ago, and we couldn't find a use for it. I've never sent a text message, unless e-mail counts. Based on what little I know about them, I guess I don't see an application of either IM or text messaging that would benefit me either personally or professionally.

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    carter_k

    I resisted cell phones for the longest because I didn't want an electronic leash around my neck that people could jerk. I have been successful in just not giving out my cell number to people I don't want to hear from. Now I love using a cell phone.

    I have story after story where I tried some new technology and either adopted it or dumped it. In one case, I dumped it, came back and tried it again, and adopted it.

    Once you dig in your heels and refuse to try anything new, you put yourself in a dangerous position of being left behind: by your employer, by your coworkers--friendly and not so friendly, by clients (if that applies), and possibly by your friends and family (in this case, in terms of communication with you). Think carefully about what that might mean.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I'm not refusing to try a cell phone, but I'm not willing to pay what I consider a lot of money to try it.

    In short, I'm not a user of voice communications in my personal life. I talk to my parents for five or ten minutes once a week, and my sister and an aunt for about the same once or twice a month. This hasn't change since the late '80's. I guess I don't have as much to say as others. Other than making medical appointments or ordering pizza, I don't make any local calls from my home phone. My wife uses the phone less than I do.

    If my employer wants to pay for a cell phone, I'll be happy to tote it around. I think it would be an ill-advised expense, since historically they've only tried to reach me about once every 30 months or so. Even at corporate cellular contract rates that several hundred dollars per call. I'm not sure how I'm being left behind by my co-workers; there's a phone right here on my desk, there's e-mail, and I wouldn't give a personal phone number out to them anyway. If I had business client other than co-workers this might be a different issue, but I don't so it isn't.

    "It's hard to understand the value of something until you try it"

    It's a telephone that I can carry with me. If I spent all my time looking for pay phones, maybe it would have some value to me.

    "Now I love using a cell phone."

    Okay, your turn. What do you like about it that you didn't realize before you had one?

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    shakeeiil

    Bothe Text messaging and Instant messaging are used for transmitting text but the way they send text from one position to other is different, and that only diffrence is that Instant messaging uses some softwares like MSN meenger, Yahoo messenger, AOL or GoogleTalk and uses UDP to send the data packets but the Text messagages is alittle broder meanings and they transmittion could be done by SIP, Short messaging service, GPRS etc.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Most of your reply was realted the technical differences. I'm looking for the practical differences for the daily user. Thanks anyway.

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    asmarketinfo

    IM is normally use pc to pc vs cell to cell as in texting. However, nowaday it doesn't matter, you can pc to cell with texting and vice versa. Guess the question what is convenient for your application and work place?
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6902379270204769711

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    Pringles86

    The difference between text messaging and Instant Messaging are that you need the person's phone number for a text message. Whereas in instant messaging, you can sign in to a program (aol, yahoo, msn...) and send a message to their screen name with your screen name.

    I believe that is the only difference between them when referring to cell phones.

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    jmcguire

    Text messages go to a cell phone via the recipient's phone number. Does IM go to a cell phone also?

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    ThumbsUp2

    if the recipient has enabled that feature.

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    shiny_topadm

    would be that "text messages" are similar to email, in that you are sending a message to an inbox to be read later; "instant messages" usually have both parties connected "now" so a bi-directional link is established and you can have more of a conversation / dialog in real time.

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    CharlieSpencer

    "'instant messages' usually have both parties connected "now" ... and you can have more of a conversation ..."

    If I'm using a phone for this, what's the advantage of IM over making a voice call? It seems to me that would be easier than wearing out my thumbs.

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    Pringles86

    If you are texting or IMing, you can do it in places where you shouldn't be talking. Library, meeting, class, work... You also have more of a chance to think of something to say. If you are on the phone and there is a long silence, the other person notices. If there is a long delay in responded to an IM or text, that is understandable for numerous reasons (the person is busy, they are slow at typing, or even lag time going over the air).

    Voice calls are typically faster since most people can talk faster than they can text. I still prefer texting though since I can send a reply when I am not so busy.

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    rkuhn

    Get back into the biz of technical advice. :)

    Apparently, the world is passing you by...BTW, I agree, cell phones are a pain in the arse and I DEFINITELY don't want IM, texting, cams, etc.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I don't understand the urge to be in constant contact. Maybe it's because I didn't grow up with the capability, so I don't miss what I never had. I was never a big user of the telephone to begin with, and e-mail is a tool I use almost exclusively at work. My only experience with IM was a trial installation within the IT department for the summer three years ago, and we couldn't find a use for it. I've never sent a text message, unless e-mail counts. Based on what little I know about them, I guess I don't see an application of either IM or text messaging that would benefit me either personally or professionally.

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    carter_k

    I resisted cell phones for the longest because I didn't want an electronic leash around my neck that people could jerk. I have been successful in just not giving out my cell number to people I don't want to hear from. Now I love using a cell phone.

    I have story after story where I tried some new technology and either adopted it or dumped it. In one case, I dumped it, came back and tried it again, and adopted it.

    Once you dig in your heels and refuse to try anything new, you put yourself in a dangerous position of being left behind: by your employer, by your coworkers--friendly and not so friendly, by clients (if that applies), and possibly by your friends and family (in this case, in terms of communication with you). Think carefully about what that might mean.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I'm not refusing to try a cell phone, but I'm not willing to pay what I consider a lot of money to try it.

    In short, I'm not a user of voice communications in my personal life. I talk to my parents for five or ten minutes once a week, and my sister and an aunt for about the same once or twice a month. This hasn't change since the late '80's. I guess I don't have as much to say as others. Other than making medical appointments or ordering pizza, I don't make any local calls from my home phone. My wife uses the phone less than I do.

    If my employer wants to pay for a cell phone, I'll be happy to tote it around. I think it would be an ill-advised expense, since historically they've only tried to reach me about once every 30 months or so. Even at corporate cellular contract rates that several hundred dollars per call. I'm not sure how I'm being left behind by my co-workers; there's a phone right here on my desk, there's e-mail, and I wouldn't give a personal phone number out to them anyway. If I had business client other than co-workers this might be a different issue, but I don't so it isn't.

    "It's hard to understand the value of something until you try it"

    It's a telephone that I can carry with me. If I spent all my time looking for pay phones, maybe it would have some value to me.

    "Now I love using a cell phone."

    Okay, your turn. What do you like about it that you didn't realize before you had one?

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    shakeeiil

    Bothe Text messaging and Instant messaging are used for transmitting text but the way they send text from one position to other is different, and that only diffrence is that Instant messaging uses some softwares like MSN meenger, Yahoo messenger, AOL or GoogleTalk and uses UDP to send the data packets but the Text messagages is alittle broder meanings and they transmittion could be done by SIP, Short messaging service, GPRS etc.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Most of your reply was realted the technical differences. I'm looking for the practical differences for the daily user. Thanks anyway.

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    asmarketinfo

    IM is normally use pc to pc vs cell to cell as in texting. However, nowaday it doesn't matter, you can pc to cell with texting and vice versa. Guess the question what is convenient for your application and work place?
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6902379270204769711