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    Question Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    I have no data plan...


    Using the stock Messaging app (green smiley face), I notice I cannot send
    nor receive images. I cant only send/receive text.


    To me this seems lame because I could do this with my iPhone as long as I was within WIFI.

    Does it work differently with Android?
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Yes. Images and such are sent via MMS, not SMS. MMS messages are sent (and received!) over a data connection.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by N4Newbie View Post
    Yes. Images and such are sent via MMS, not SMS. MMS messages are sent (and received!) over a data connection.
    Thanks, but then why can't I send/receive images when I'm connected to WIFI? When I'm connected to WIFI don't I have a data connection?
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    It has to be the carrier's data network. You could always email it or use any of the numerous messaging services out there.

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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    If you can get your friends to install WhatsApp you will be able to use that Wi-Fi connection.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by N4Newbie View Post
    If you can get your friends to install WhatsApp you will be able to use that Wi-Fi connection.
    I'm not crazy about WhatsApp because most of my family is not using that software.

    So basically using WIFI is not the same as using WIFI on an iPhone? Cause on the iPhone when I'm connected to WIFI, messaging acts the same as if I was on a data plan.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    You should still be able to send MMS with no data plan. You do need to set up your APN as if you had data, though.

    I have no data plan on my 'backup' phone and have no problem sending MMS. T-Mobile pay-by-the-minute, btw.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by saeufer View Post
    You should still be able to send MMS with no data plan. You do need to set up your APN as if you had data, though..
    Never heard of this...I guess some Googling will be in order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saeufer View Post
    You should still be able to send MMS with no data plan. You do need to set up your APN as if you had data, though.
    Maybe you could lead me in the right direction? I have no idea what changing the APN does?
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Not sure what an APN is either but if you get a third-party application you can use wifi to send and recieve images if supported. You probably can't unless the other party is also using the same application (i've used one before and i've never gotten images when people sent it)
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulDiM View Post
    Maybe you could lead me in the right direction? I have no idea what changing the APN does?
    The APN settings are how your phone knows how to send and receive data over the mobile network. Your phone will connect whether you have data service or not, but none of your 'web' data will work if you're not paying for it. MMS will work without a data plan so long as data is set up correctly. Look up your carrier's APN settings online and make sure your phone is set up correctly. For example, T-Mobile's settings are here: Support: APN settings for data and picture messaging (MMS): Android but ignore the line about "make sure there are no dashes in the phone number." It might matter on a few phones, but it never has on any phone I've ever used with T-Mobile, including the N4.
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    Does mobile data also need to be turned ON while I am within a Wifi?
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulDiM View Post
    I'm not crazy about WhatsApp because most of my family is not using that software.

    So basically using WIFI is not the same as using WIFI on an iPhone? Cause on the iPhone when I'm connected to WIFI, messaging acts the same as if I was on a data plan.
    What sort of plan are you on now? What plan was your iPhone on?

    You can do MMS without a true data plan so long as you do have some sort of plan which permits both SMS ("text") and MMS. Post-paid plans (what most of us are used to)
    typically bundle SMS and MMS together under one heading. Pre-paid plans seemingly do not.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    GO SMS says it is usable over wifi, don't know for certain, but check some other 3rd party text apps.

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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePurpleAndroid View Post
    GO SMS says it is usable over wifi, don't know for certain, but check some other 3rd party text apps.

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    Every time I send an mms using go SMS while connected to wi fi, it switches to my network to send the mms then switches back to wi fi after it is sent. SMS messages go through regularly while connected to wi fi though
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulDiM View Post
    Does mobile data also need to be turned ON while I am within a Wifi?
    Yes. You can't send MMS over wi-fi. (Well, not on the N4. T-Mobile branded phones can do it via wi-fi calling.)

    Quote Originally Posted by makaroni View Post
    Every time I send an mms using go SMS while connected to wi fi, it switches to my network to send the mms then switches back to wi fi after it is sent. SMS messages go through regularly while connected to wi fi though
    That's because SMS is a basic GSM function--it's sending over the cell network but doesn't need to turn data on to do it.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by saeufer View Post

    That's because SMS is a basic GSM function--it's sending over the cell network but doesn't need to turn data on to do it.
    Ok I gotcha

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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    My plan hasn't changed when I switched from iPhone to nexus 4.

    There seems to be a lot of android issues around MMS over wifi. I've been searching google and many people are experiencing it as well.

    I hate to say this, but Apple does a better job of handling MMS over Wi-Fi when you don't have a data plan
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Have you been sending mms messages from your iPhone to other iPhone users ? Maybe you've been using iMessage??

    IMessage is a feature to message between ios devices...



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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulDiM View Post
    My plan hasn't changed when I switched from iPhone to nexus 4.

    There seems to be a lot of android issues around MMS over wifi. I've been searching google and many people are experiencing it as well.

    I hate to say this, but Apple does a better job of handling MMS over Wi-Fi when you don't have a data plan
    That's because on your iPhone you have turned on imessage which sends your text over Wi-Fi through Apple's servers.

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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    So basically, unless your mobile carrier supports MMS over WiFi (T-Mobile branded phones, mostly) it is impossible. No exceptions. Not even an iPhone can send MMS over WiFi. Any media you send to another contact over WiFi would be using iMessage which is an Apple proprietary "whatsapp" service.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Would the APN thing work for att phones?
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulDiM View Post
    I have no data plan...


    Using the stock Messaging app (green smiley face), I notice I cannot send
    nor receive images. I cant only send/receive text.


    To me this seems lame because I could do this with my iPhone as long as I was within WIFI.

    Does it work differently with Android?
    So you were using a third party messanging App all along, like most of us do, but rushed to dump on Android?
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    When you are on the Iphone ... If you are connected to wifi you can send/receive picture messages. You do not have to have a data package. All the people that are stating that on the Iphone ppl that are receiving picture messages through wifi are able to because they are using Imessage or another 3rd party app. Well I hate to inform you guys that, that is completely wrong. I previously had the Iphone and was on a pay as you go plan and had no problem sending/receiving picture messages when I was connected to wifi. This is a real disappointment from Android. Android lacks in this.
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    Default Re: Does one need a data plan to send/receive images via Messaging?

    Like i said I have had the Iphone and now that I have tried the Android network I think the Iphone is a lot better but after all maybe I'm saying this because I haven't been on the Android network for very long and I kind of have a cheap phone .. I have the LG Optimus White aka the LG P970G but regardless my first issue was the sending/receiving of picture messages over wifi.
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