Apple plans to launch a new platform Wednesday that could put a big dent in wireless carriers' bottom line.
Introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, iMessage lets users on iOS devices chat with one another like they would send a text message. Like the BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage allows them to bypass the SMS text-messaging network--along with carriers' texting charges.
Instead of routing the text message over the cellular network using SMS, it sends the message over a wireless Internet data connection. The service itself is not tied to any carriers and is designed to work on the … Read more