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Comment: Re:It's all about the Phone Number ID (Score 1) 136

by Macrat (#48355159) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

The option is given when you set up a device for iMessage. It explicitly asks how you want to be contacted. By number, by email(s)/AppleIDs, or all of the above

It does not. It only asks if you want to use OTHER ids that you have set up. Your phone number becoming an id isn't optional.

Comment: Re:It's all about the Phone Number ID (Score 1) 136

by Macrat (#48355149) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

You can, just go into the imessage settings. In fact you are specifically asked if you want to add your phone number to imessage when you set up your phone.

Incorrect.

Your phone number is used to create an ID immediately when you turn on iMessage. You have no choice in the matter.

Comment: It's all about the Phone Number ID (Score 1) 136

by Macrat (#48353787) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

The real issue is that you can't opt out of automatically having your phone number become and account/id in iMessage.

I want to use iMessage on my iPhone, but only with regular iCloud accounts, not with the phone number being used to create an account.

Unfortunately, the iOS team doesn't give the user that option.

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