does imessage use my data plan?

If I send a text it automatically sends it as an imessage to other friends with iphones. Does this use my data plan or is it ENTIRELY FREE?

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  • iMessage allows you to send unlimited text, photos, videos, locations, and contacts using Wi-Fi or cellular data* from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac running OS X Mountain Lion. For more information on how to use iMessage, see the user guide for your iOS device.

    You need a valid Apple ID to use iMessage on iPad, iPod touch, and OS X Mountain Lion. You need a valid phone number or Apple ID to use iMessage on iPhone.

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    • Answered by Jon C
    • 15-Nov-2013