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    Default At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    I am considering jumping to the LG G2 from my work granted iphone 5. I am not new to Android so I understand I can get group messaging with Textra or Go SMS. I really like the quick pop up feature that has been shown off using the stock messaging app, but heard on an XDA forum that the AT&T version of the G2 does not handle group messages correctly. The Verizon version has the options in settings to use MMS for group, but from what I hear the AT&T version does not have that setting.

    Can anyone who has the AT&T version give some insight on their experience with the stock messaging app? If you send a group message, do you get all the replies in the same group thread? Or do they come back separately under each contact? Thanks for all the help!
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    I have the AT&T version, you are correct there is no group mms setting in the stock messaging app. While you can send a group message to multiple contacts, the replies come back individually by contact and not in the group thread. I like the stock messaging app in all other respects so I have no desire to use an alternative but would like the group responses in the same thread as well. In any event it's not a real problem for me just a minor inconvenience. In all other respects its a great phone and I am really enjoying having it. Hope this helps you.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    One other point to note on the sending of a group message, I checked and the recipients receive the message as an individual text as well. In other words, when you send a text to multiple contacts like you would for a group message, each person who gets it sees it as an individual message to them and not as you would normally in a group text if you follow what I mean.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    Quote Originally Posted by mhunter6378 View Post
    One other point to note on the sending of a group message, I checked and the recipients receive the message as an individual text as well. In other words, when you send a text to multiple contacts like you would for a group message, each person who gets it sees it as an individual message to them and not as you would normally in a group text if you follow what I mean.
    Thanks for your help mhunter. That's unfortunate that such a basic function was overlooked on the AT&T version. I know it's not a deal breaker, but having to use a 3rd part app will take away the stock messaging features I like (quick reply notification and unread count on the app icon).

    I know these can be achieved through different launcher add-ons, but then I think (not totally sure) I would lose the knock on/off feature. Thanks again!
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    That will not work for me....anyone else confirm this? I have been told that wasn't the case by att.
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    I just got the new G2 and I can confirm. This is super annoying and feels like a step backwards. I plan on making noise to AT&T and LG until they get their $&!## together. The fact that someone said they can do it on Verizon makes me even angrier. AT&T FAIL. LG FAIL.

    Just an update: after I posted this I emailed LG. I may email AT&T as well asking if this feature will be added soon. No answer yet, but if not I'm getting a new phone. I know I can download apps that will do the same, but they won't have the functionality of the native app. Basically this, combined with the fact that their quick window case wasn't available upon release when they began touting it weeks ago has really put a bad taste in my mouth for LG.

    Too bad, the screen is beautiful and battery life amazing. But then I'm sure the same can be said for the Note 3...
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    Is this an LG or AT&T issue? I wasn't able to group message in my galaxy 3 either. A lot of my friends and iPhone group messages and I hate not being able to message everyone back
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    Quote Originally Posted by kollarism View Post
    Is this an LG or AT&T issue? I wasn't able to group message in my galaxy 3 either. A lot of my friends and iPhone group messages and I hate not being able to message everyone back
    Good question. Could be a combination of both. For those of you who love this device but use group messaging a lot, I'd suggest you all call/email AT&T support regarding the issue. The more they hear from people the more likely they are to change it if it's possible.
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    Response from LG:

    "We apologize for all the inconveniences this may have caused. Phones are manufactured for the carriers bade [sic] on their specifications and features they request. By the moment there is not information if the AT&T version will get this feature or not. If there’s any update released for this phone with this option you will get a notification directly on your phone."

    In that case I'm returning the phone since I'm still within my window. It may seem a minor issue that I can address with third party apps, but that's an annoying fix that never seems to work as well and it's been an on-going issue for long enough (just read a few of these android forums) that any carrier / manufacturer that has not fixed / addressed this issue is not doing their job. Unfortunately I'm too tied to AT&T to leave them, but I'll def let them know I'm unhappy.

    Sorry LG, was a great phone for a few days...
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    Why not download textra and see if you want to keep the phone with group features from that app?

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    And here is AT&T's response:

    "I can definitely understand your concerns and frustration regarding the LG G2 not being able to send/receive group text messages and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you today.
    I do apologize that we do not have any information regarding when an update will be available to resolve this issue. I would recommend checking the LG website for possible information. "

    And that's the extent of it. Basically just told me I'm SOL.

    To oldschoolsig, I have no interest in downloading a third party app for a feature that is part and parcel to today's phones. Even if I were to do that it would not send the message I want to AT&T and LG.

    If enough people return their phones then next time maybe they'll pay a little more attention and do better. If everyone accepts it and uses work-arounds then there is no incentive to change their shoddy way of doing business.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    Quote Originally Posted by afdave View Post
    And here is AT&T's response:

    "I can definitely understand your concerns and frustration regarding the LG G2 not being able to send/receive group text messages and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you today.
    I do apologize that we do not have any information regarding when an update will be available to resolve this issue. I would recommend checking the LG website for possible information. "

    And that's the extent of it. Basically just told me I'm SOL.

    To oldschoolsig, I have no interest in downloading a third party app for a feature that is part and parcel to today's phones. Even if I were to do that it would not send the message I want to AT&T and LG.

    If enough people return their phones then next time maybe they'll pay a little more attention and do better. If everyone accepts it and uses work-arounds then there is no incentive to change their shoddy way of doing business.
    Do as you wish,but it seems that the point of android is largely the ability to use third party apps and not be locked into what the carrier decides. I like textra almost as well as imessage,which was my favorite feature the last 5 years on Its.
    Fight the power

    Sent from my LG-D800 using Tapatalk 4
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    I was pissed to find out there was no group text feature too...

    then I downloaded textra...and all was well

    I am sure with an update we will see the native app gain that functionality, but until then, textra is pretty awesome.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    Textra is as good or better than stock app. Cleaner ui, group mms, quick reply popup. You don't really sacrifice anything by going to textra

    Sent from my XT1058 using Tapatalk 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by aggie View Post
    Textra is as good or better than stock app. Cleaner ui, group mms, quick reply popup. You don't really sacrifice anything by going to textra

    Sent from my XT1058 using Tapatalk 4
    See.....an aggie and a red raider agree on this😀

    Sent from my LG-D800 using Tapatalk 4
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    I know that group messaging with the stock app works on the verizon network and not on at&t. I'm on At&t with my Galaxy s3 and after trying a few of the aftermarket apps I ended up using the at&t messaging app. I think this might be a deliberate ploy to get us to use their app (which works pretty well but requires that they get access to all of your contacts among other things). who knows if any of the other paid messaging apps request that from them via some partnership agreement. they are after all a business designed to make money. I'm guessing that after realizing that their paid bundled apps like the at&t navigation app were going suffer in sales due to the free google apps like google maps, they may have looked at other ways of getting paid.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    That sounds about right, djwellz. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I wouldn't put anything past AT&T.
    @oldschoolsig: I ended up trying textra and found I could get it to do pretty much everything as the stock app and so I ended up keeping the G2, but ... I changed a notification tone for texts on one of my contacts and now have been unable to change it back no matter what I do (see my post in another thread for everything I tried). Don't know if its Textra, LG, or what, but my last option is going to be a factory reset. Ridic.
    I'm waiting on a response from Textra.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    I tried textra but couldn't get used to it. I really like the pop up on the stock sms. I think the group message is an AT&T issue, because it didn't work on my galaxy 3 either.
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    I had group text with my Nokia 920 on AT&T...sounds like it's just something they forgot to add to this phone. It is strange to me that they don't have it and doesn't make any sense.

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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    I was on the verge of returning the phone over this issue, but Textra seems to have solved the problem. I do miss having a number bubble notification, rather than an icon in the notification bar. Is there a way to get this with Textra, or is there another messaging app that does this?
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    Well I had an HTC Inspire with AT&T for quite awhile and really liked it but knew it was time for an upgrade soon and then dropped it in the ocean...so it was time. Thing was every one else in the family had gone to iPhones and had the group messaging. I was using Handscent, which I liked ok and after updating it just before dropping phone in ocean they had added Group messaging option. So I told my son to suck it...I didn't want an iPhone and now that I could do group messaging with them that was the only thing making me lean toward the iPhone. So I got the LG G2, liked the size, camera, just about everything about it and it was cheaper than the HTC One I wanted. Of course no Group messaging again. And I like the look of the native messaging app on the G2 but installed Handscent so I could get group messaging back...but it still doesn't work. So I've got to say this is an AT&T/LG thing together. Anyway thanks for the tip on Textra. I'm going to give it a try.
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    I was very disappointed when I found out my LG G2 did not have any group text. I have been using a program for about a year and for me I love it and it lets you group text right from your computer. It is called AirDroid, Its like have you phone on your computer screen. I have been using the free version and it does everything I need it to. Hope this helps!
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    The Samsung Note 1 has no group msging either, and oh man pisses you right off. Does Textra work good? I was looking into getting it. Thanks so much!
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    Default Re: At&t group messaging with the stock app?

    Textra works great... imo it's the best one out there and currently using it.

    i believe though group messaging was working with the last kitkat update. i believe i tried it but still didnt like the ui over textra and went back to textra.

    Quote Originally Posted by zelzs81 View Post
    The Samsung Note 1 has no group msging either, and oh man pisses you right off. Does Textra work good? I was looking into getting it. Thanks so much!

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