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MMS texting issues
May 7, 2014 1:34 PM   Subscribe

Is there a text app that lets me receive multimedia messages and group messages without using my data plan?

I have a limited data plan and keep 4g turned off most of the time. When I get texts from certain friends (most but not all people with smart phones) I get a notice saying I've been texted but I have to turn on the 4g network to receive the content. Likewise, to respond to a group text or MMS texts I have to turn the 4g network on.

I know its not a big use of data but having to turn 4g on and off all the time is annoying.
Is there a different text app or maybe a setting that I am missing? I have the 'only download files with WiFi' option turned on, but even with wifi enabled I still have to use 4g for MMS and group texts.

I am not in the position to switch the plan around (ie, unlimited data and limited voice/text) because the other people using the plan (mom and dad) mostly use voice calls and regular texting.

I'm using the newest Android OS on an LG G2.

Bonus Question: My dad's phone always responds to my texts with the incorrect area code (629 instead of 619), so there are two conversations stored- his responses and my responses- under separate numbers. The 629 number doesn't seem to be a real number at all. What is happening here? I've deleted the contact and related texts multiple times, and every time he responds to me the contact is created again.
posted by kittensofthenight to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
MMS uses the data connection as part of the specificiation, so there's really no way around this if you keep data turned off.
posted by dcjd at 3:51 PM on May 7


Does GroupMe work for you?
posted by thirdletter at 3:57 PM on May 7


I'll check groupme out, that looks great, as I primarily text with 2 different groups o' dudes.

Looks like it might work.
posted by kittensofthenight at 4:38 PM on May 7


You may also want to ask a dealer for your cell service, while MMS requires a data connection, some providers don’t count it towards your data usage (even if your phone calculates it that way).
posted by thebestsophist at 8:40 PM on May 7


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