Will Easyroam kick in if I send texts while I'm on wifi?

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My family will be travelling to Florida nest month.  I'm only going to add easyroam to one of our iPhones, mainly for calling back home, and for GPS using Google Maps when we are driving  to and from the airport.  Most places that we will be, have WiFi.  Will easyroam kick in if I send a text while on WiFi?  Does it matter if it's imessage or regular texts? I don't want to be paying $7 a day to send a few texts, on days I don't need the cellular network.
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Timo Tuokkola, Mobile Master

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Text messages do not use wifi, they are always sent through the cellular network. iMessages will use the Wifi connection, but may still incur charges since they typically fall back to sending as sms if there is trouble sending via imessage. You'd need to put the phone in airplane mode and manually turn on just the wifi.
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You can also turn off "send as sms" under settings>messages
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Great advice, thanks!  That's what I'll do.  I'll just have to actually remember to do it when I'm there!
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David, Mobile Master

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Get a dedicated GPS app which allows you to download maps to your phone befor you travel. Saves data while travelling. I prefer Copilot Live, and others have recommended Here Maps. If you are sending SMS only, the $5 for 100 SMS pay-per-use rate is reasonable.
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That's a great idea.  I would never of thought of that.  I'll definitely test out one of those apps.   Yeah $5 for 100 texts should be plenty for me, seeing we'll all be together most of the time anyways!  Thanks!
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Watch you billing cycle if using 100 texts for $5 because it is only per billing cycle and then starts over. Also make sure easy roam isn't on your account or you will be charged easy roam rates.
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Good point.  Luckily this trip falls within the same billing period.  I think I may pass on the easyroam if I can get one of the GPS apps up and running on my phone.  Thanks!