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Using a cell phone, how do I instant message another cell

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Using a cell phone, how do I instant message another cell phone user WITHOUT using my cell plan's data allocation (i. e. using only a local WiFi connection), when the user I want to talk to DOES NOT have an account with any IM service provider (i. e. WhatsApp, Viber, etc.)?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Smartphones
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

Hi there and welcome

You would then just send a text message. This does not use Data, but part of the Text service.

The IM apps all DO use data or Wifi (one of the two)

Every phone can receive a text message. This is separate to data.