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Old December 4th, 2011, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've had my phone for a long time and just ignored that I couldn't send pictures through a text. Then I realized I could post here and hope someone could help me. I don't have a data plan either if that makes any difference, but anyway when i try to send one or receive one it just says the service is unavailable right now or can't download right now. Anyone have this as well, or know how to fix it?

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Old December 4th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've had my phone for a long time and just ignored that I couldn't send pictures through a text. Then I realized I could post here and hope someone could help me. I don't have a data plan either if that makes any difference, but anyway when i try to send one or receive one it just says the service is unavailable right now or can't download right now. Anyone have this as well, or know how to fix it?
You need data enabled to send MMS. I have a data plan - if i turn data off on my phone, texts can be sent and received, but not MMS. When I turn data on, MMS sends find.

Sorry dude (or dudess...).
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Old December 4th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Haha just dude, so I tryed with my wi-fi and it doesn't work. So basically I have to have a data plan or this feature won't work, if I understand correctly?
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Haha just dude, so I tryed with my wi-fi and it doesn't work. So basically I have to have a data plan or this feature won't work, if I understand correctly?
Yeah - you're screwed.

From the technical side: I'm not quite sure all the network details about MMS, but it gets associated with a standard text message in order to inform the recipient of delivery. If you're on wifi, that means that the text message goes out over the mobile network while the pic would have to go out over wifi. Seems that doesn't work.

(On a related note, text messages don't use the data plan because they are not proper data... they are essentially running on a sub-band of the normal digital voice connection, iirc.)

What you could do is use an app like Google+ (they have an automatic photo upload thing, which works over wifi, and links to picasa) and then text the link.

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Hey guys, I've had my phone for a long time and just ignored that I couldn't send pictures through a text. Then I realized I could post here and hope someone could help me. I don't have a data plan either if that makes any difference, but anyway when i try to send one or receive one it just says the service is unavailable right now or can't download right now. Anyone have this as well, or know how to fix it?
you should try Handcent Sms,, if you download the app and sign up for handcent services then click on mms+ you will be able to send any type of mms over wifi but the only drawback is its more complicated for the recipient to open it
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Thanks guys for the clearing up of this subject, and I've used handcent in the past, but lately it's been force closing alot so unistalled. I'll give it a go once they update again. Anyway It wasn't a big deal, but really appreciate the help.
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I use gosms and I can send pics that way in the form of a link that gets sent to the recipient.
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hey i hav a question. i know i need to turn on data in order to send mms but in my contract it says that i hav unlimited photo messaging so will i get factured if i send mms via the data? thanks
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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hey i hav a question. i know i need to turn on data in order to send mms but in my contract it says that i hav unlimited photo messaging so will i get factured if i send mms via the data? thanks
If you use an APN setting that doesn't logon to your data plan, but has MMS configured, it would work.

Non TELUS devices: set up data*|* Phones and devices*|* Support*|* TELUS Mobility

This link has some information concerning this...

Otherwise here's the MMS settings:

Name: TELUS SP
APN: sp.telus.com (Blank this out if possible)
Proxy: 74.49.0.18 (This too)
Port: 80 (This too)
Username: <Not set>
Password: <Not set
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: http://aliasredirect.net/proxy/mmsc
MMS Proxy: 74.49.0.18
MMS Port: 80
MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0
MCC: 302
MNC: 220
APN type: mms

But no, if you have unlimited photo texting, they shouldn't charge you for data.
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You need data enabled to send MMS. I have a data plan - if i turn data off on my phone, texts can be sent and received, but not MMS. When I turn data on, MMS sends find.

Sorry dude (or dudess...).
THANKS SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS! It sucks though because I don't have much data on my plan but I'm glad I now know why it never worked for years now. Initially on my Motorola Milestone and now on my Samsung Galaxy S2 X. Damn carriers. *sigh*
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