The Apple iPhone 4 is well known for its versatility. Whilst the sky is the limit in terms of what it can truly do, thanks to the hardware and applications obtainable, many people overlook how it roles as a communication device.
In this article I will look at the various messaging formats offered by the Apple iPhone 4.
It is a given that the iPhone 4 roles superbly when it comes to making phone calls and sending MSM and MMS messages. But there are more and ever creative ways of staying in touch, with applications regularly being released, which harness the strength of the handset’s hardware.
FaceTime is an application which allows users to take advantage of the built in front facing camera on the iPhone 4. It allows users to carry out video calls (via Wi-Fi), as long as the person they are contacting has an iPhone 4 (or iPhone 4S) and a Wi-Fi connection. If these conditions are met, you can carry out a video call, which is the closest you can digitally come to having a confront to confront conversation.
WhatsApp is a very popular messaging application, which essentially allows users to send SMS and MMS messages, without the associated charges. WhatsApp is obtainable on several platforms. The iOS version works on iPhones, and is obtainable from the AppStore, but several other smartphone platforms are supported, such as Android, Blackberry and Nokia’s Ovi. It has a few noteworthy features such as group chat, where a conversation between more than two contacts can be carried out. WhatsApp recently announced that for the first time, a staggering 1 billion messages were sent using the app in a single day. To use WhatsApp you require a 3G or Wi-Fi connection.
The above is just a small example of what messaging platforms are obtainable for the iPhone 4. Of course we must not forget the impact that social networking sites have had on smartphone messaging habits. Nowadays, it is just as easy for smartphone users to open their Facebook or Twitter app and send a message or tweet as it is to send a text message.
It will be interesting to see how far the imaginations of app developers will go when it comes to finding the next big thing in the world of smartphone messaging platforms. Hopefully this article has opened your eyes to the various ways that one can utilise to communicate with their contacts. The iPhone 4 is the perfect showcase foe the versatility of smartphones in terms of messaging and many other areas. Since the release of the new iPhone 4S, several UK networks has started offering reduced tariffs, so now is the perfect time to get your hands on a great smartphone for a great price.