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    Default A different texing problem

    Hi All. I have a ZTE Blade A462 cell phone with xtra. It usually works in SMS mode, whatever that is. I type a text in shortish it will "Send". If I make a longer one A message says "Changing to MMS (?) mode, when I press Send it wont go. Apparently it is too long. Can I change something to allow longer txts. Or make MMS ork. Thanks. PJ


    PS. In Settings it offerd a choice of


    Preferred network choiceme longr texts. PJ me to d me me meGSM/WCDMA/LTE AUTO (PRESET)

    GSM/WXDMA/AUTO

    WCDMA ONLY

    GSM ONLY


    Which setting would give me a longer text to send. Thanks. PJ
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    Default Re: A different texing problem

    SMS (Short Message Service) will only to send plain text messages up to (I think) 160 characters

    MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) will send messages including pictures, video, or audio content

    To enable MMS:

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Then go to ‘Wireless & networks’.
    3. Continue go to ‘Mobile Networks’.
    4. Then ‘Access Point Names’
    5. Click the Menu button’
    6. Then select ‘New APN’ Key
    7. Then press the radio button to select it.

    After doing this setting you should find that your phone start to send MMS.

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    Default Re: A different texing problem

    You need credit to send MMS, else send SMS texts in shorter bursts.

    You can send 2-3 SMS sized txts before it'll switch it to MMS.

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    Default Re: A different texing problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Kame View Post
    You need credit to send MMS, else send SMS texts in shorter bursts.

    You can send 2-3 SMS sized txts before it'll switch it to MMS.
    I am on a $10 a month text only. Doing what kame says will increase that, Yes? Also what is APN? I can also Email a message , my daughter can pick them off her phone. PJ
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    Default Re: A different texing problem

    As you say your plan is for Text Only.
    In other words you cannot call someone on the phone nor can you use Mobile Data which you would pay more for.

    I did not know Spark had a Text only plan I guess as an extra add-on for your Broadband service.
    Anyway to send MMS messages you would need a plan that included Mobile Data and I believe you may have to pay extra for MMS messages, with my Skinny plan it would cost me 40 cents per message so I presume Spark have something similar.

    As for Emails from your phone I would presume you are using WiFi to connect to your Broadband modem, so that is how your emails are going out.
    I also presume your daughter is using WiFi or Mobile Data to receive the emails.

    I only use Mobile Data when I am out somewhere, at home I always use WiFi.

    I deliberately did not mention WiFi hotspots, someone is sure to raise that option, just dont worry about them in your case.

    As for APN that means Access Point Name, just leave as is on Auto or it may also say Spark.

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    Default Re: A different texing problem

    MMS is not mobile data, it makes use of the same network as txting and is a paid for service, if you want to send multimedia, including videos, photos, large messages etc, you have to pay, no plan includes this option. Normally costs 50cents an MMS and is paid for at the time and even if it fails, you still pay.

    Most people will use other programs to send multimedia that uses your data instead.

    Just send shorter txts, that's why its the short message service, its only suppose to handle small messages.

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    Default Re: A different texing problem

    So. I will send short emails at bed time, or split them up into parts. Then do a weekly email with other topic & events, now that I understand SMS & MMS. Thanks. PJ
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