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Major iPhone MMS bug?

post #1 of 15
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I recently sent a plain text message (101 characters) to my Dad and he called me back to say that he couldn't receive MMS messages as his handset is really old. This alarmed me as I couldnt understand why I would get charged for an MMS instead of plain text message.

Apparently if you send a message to more than one contact, they are automatically sent as group MMS messages and it doesnt matter even if you use just plain text and under 160 charracters. I checked my account online and yes I am being charged for 11 MMS messages that should have been plain text messages. Thank god my Dad told me and I spotted this early.

I have sent a message to O2 Ireland and logged the issue on Apples Developer bug reporter website but I am interested if this is effecting others when sending texts to more than one contact.

For those of you worried about being overcharged you can disable MMS in SETTINGS > MESSAGES > MMS MESSAGING > OFF



iPhone Os 3.0
16Gb 3G
O2 Ireland Carrier
post #2 of 15
Did people listen when others were telling them that MMS was a waste of time and email is better...

...no they just continuously argued that without this fairly awful feature the iPhone wasn't complete.

I tested the quality by sending the same video clip from a 3GS to a 3G via both MMS and email, the quality of the one sent by MMS was really poor due to the compression required by the networks.

Thanks for the heads up I never used MMS anyway so will turn it off.
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post #3 of 15
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Its a feature that I will never / rarely use but still nice to be able to have if needed. Although I would prefer not to have MMS on the iPhone than paying almost 3 times as much for sending a MMS text message compared to a standard message.
post #4 of 15
I suspect MMS was originally intended for sending crappy camera phone pictures, not video. I would think it better to upload your video to Youtube and send the link via MMS.
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post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mac Voyer View Post

I suspect MMS was originally intended for sending crappy camera phone pictures, not video. I would think it better to upload your video to Youtube and send the link via MMS.

Thats a better option for sending Video but would definately recommend disabling MMS if being charged almost 3 times as much for sending plain text as MMS
post #6 of 15
That defeats the whole purpose of the "MMS is essential because people can't connect their phones to the Internet or receive emails" argument.

Which seems to be the only valid reason to require MMS, apart from phone networks making extortionate amounts from small bundles of data.

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Originally Posted by Mac Voyer View Post

I suspect MMS was originally intended for sending crappy camera phone pictures, not video. I would think it better to upload your video to Youtube and send the link via MMS.
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post #7 of 15
seems to work ok for me..

with the exception that rather than for example the name of the sender being showed (provided they are in my contacts), its the number being shown only...

So unless you know the senders number, its a pain trying to work out who it came from.

bug +1.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by fruitymac View Post

seems to work ok for me..

with the exception that rather than for example the name of the sender being showed (provided they are in my contacts), its the number being shown only...

So unless you know the senders number, its a pain trying to work out who it came from.

bug +1.

I've had a few responses to say that it doesnt effect all users on iPhone 3.0 Os. i've disabled MMS by default to be careful but it always switches to MMS ater I select second contact.

iPhone 16Gb 3G
iPhone 3.0 Os
O2 Ireland Network (Apple authorised)
Non jailbroken phone
post #9 of 15
Mine only switches if I add an email address to the To field. I'm on O2 UK.
post #10 of 15
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Had a few responses from other O2 Ireland users and it doesn't effect everyone. One Apple staff member contacted me and said he had two iPhones and only one of them was causing problems with MMS. Hes investigating it and I will post a solution if I am sent one.
post #11 of 15
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Its not an ideal solution but I did a complete restore and then selected restore from backup and all is now working as it should be. Its still an issue for some but this should fix it.
post #12 of 15
Solution: Send one text message at a time. Might not be as convenient but you won't get "overcharged".


MMS is essential for me. My wife and son do not have phones which can receive email. If I need to send them a picture then MMS is the only way to go. MMS was never designed to send or receive high-res pics, its just for fun. Does anyone remember fun?
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by big-blue-wolf View Post

Solution: Send one text message at a time. Might not be as convenient but you won't get "overcharged".


MMS is essential for me. My wife and son do not have phones which can receive email. If I need to send them a picture then MMS is the only way to go. MMS was never designed to send or receive high-res pics, its just for fun. Does anyone remember fun?

Good thing here in Australia, unlimited calls/messaging...

Means I spend less time messaging, and just call instead. Either way its included.
post #14 of 15
Am suddenly experiencing the same issues with Optus/iPhone in Australia - being billed for MMS whenever I send SMS to single recipient, never mind to multiple. After SIM card tests with Optus i was yesterday supplied with a replacement iPhone but the same issue persists. Have now switched off MMS - an easy fix - but this certainly looks like an iPhone software problem.

iPhone 3G / OS 4.2.1
post #15 of 15
I just checked my settings and I have the Group tab off but I know I've sent to multiple recipients before??
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