Messages App Icon SMS (SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE) AND MMS (MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICE) SMS/MMS Text Messages|Traditional text messages are sent through the cellular provider. You cannot send or receive regular SMS/MMS text messages on a device that is not connected to a cellular network. Even if your iPad is 3G or 4G capable, it cannot send or receive traditional SMS text messages. Your cellular provider delivers text messages using the cellular control channel of your phone.
Text messaging turns 20 – but is it past its peak? * Short message service born on 3 December 1992 has made phone firms billions, but there are signs it is losing popularity. --- (I love text messages..)