Shadoe Huard responding to this post by me:
If you think iMessage is only a handy bonus, you’re missing the larger picture.
He says that iMessage will be a “game changer” — it could be, but not in it’s current form. Currently it is just going to be a nice bonus for being an iOS users. What would make it a “game changer” is if one of the following happens:
- It is integrated into Mac OS X.
- It is opened up so that other platforms can use it (Android mainly).
No matter how popular iOS is, it won’t every be on 100% of devices, thus it becomes hard for iMessage to be a wild success in the same way that Text messaging is. If, and only if, iMessage becomes universal, that’s when it will really matter.