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Lifeisabeach

 
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Location: Wilmington, NC
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You have the option to receive iMessages using your phone number and/or email address. I have my cell # and my email address set. I just did a little experiment to see what would happen if my phone was offline. I used my wife's iPhone to send texts using my phone # while it was in airplane mode (essentially mimicking it not having a SIM in), and I got the texts not only on my iMac, but on my iPhone after turning airplane mode off. So, you should have no issue continuing to receive iMessages while in another country as long as you have an email address set for receiving them, not just a phone #.

As for SMS, anyone not using iMessage will need your overseas # to send texts. However, I don't know if additional charges would apply when sending SMS to an overseas number, or receiving for that matter. Check into that carefully, or consider alternatives to SMS.

I have no idea about Skype. You could consider using FaceTime instead for the iOS users.
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