iMessage Came as a Surprise to Mobile Providers

Screen shot 2011-06-07 at 10.38.00 AM.pngiMessage, which is a new feature of iOS 5, that Apple announced yesterday, and will be available this fall along with the release of the OS. iMessage will allow iPad, and iPod touch users to, at least from a end-user point of view, allow them to text-message with other iOS device owners, even iPhone owners.

Well, the ever-informed John Gruber, reports that one of his sources claims that the wireless providers that carry the iPhone found out iMessage at the same time the general public did yesterday.

Needless to say, if your connected to the internet either Wi-Fi or 3G on an iOS device with iMessage, you can circumvent wireless carriers’ SMS plans. I’m sure they’re thrilled right about now.

But then again, what’s to stop Apple? Can the networks really do anything about it? They could tell Apple no, and risk losing the iPhone on their network. The inverse is also true, they told Apple “no” in regards to the embedded-SIM. This will be interesting.