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We’re saying goodbye to MMS

  • April 26, 2018
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Soon, we’ll be pulling the plug on MMS. After all, it’s 2018, and MMS has long been outdated, right? Well, we sure think so, and therefore will be disabling MMS (on 21/5/2018 at the earliest).

Why will we no longer offer MMS?

Because in 2018 there are sufficient and already well-established alternatives for sending sound and images. Apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or Telegram undoubtedly ring a bell. They simply use your Wi-Fi or your mobile data, and therefore do not incur additional costs. Moreover, the quality through these apps is so much better: an MMS compresses everything automatically to max. 300 kB …

What is MMS?

Basically, an MMS is an SMS with an image, a GIF or a sound or video clip. This means there are also costs involved (€ 0.24/MMS).

You’ll still be able to receive an MMS, just not send it.

What do you need to take into account?

The problem with MMS is that, as a user, you often don’t send an MMS deliberately. Here’s some examples:

  • Some devices automatically convert a long SMS (e.g. an SMS that becomes 3 messages long) or an SMS that contains smileys into an MMS in the background, and then send your message at the cost of an MMS.
  • iMessage (the message app on iOS) also automatically converts images, video or gifs into an MMS in the background if you send the file to someone who does not have iMessage, and then sends it at the cost of an MMS.

What can you do?

In the settings of your message app (default app or iMessage) it’s best to disable MMS so this can’t have an effect on your SMS.

For Android devices: in order to avoid long SMS to automatically be converted into an MMS, as an alternative, you can install the Android message app. It’s called “Android messages” (not even kidding). This app will never convert SMS to MMS, not for long SMS, nor if you enthusiastically use smileys.

Will you be able to receive MMS?

Not a problem at all: you’ll always be able to receive MMS (albeit not directly to your device). As the case is today, you’ll receive an SMS from Telenet/BASE to check the received MMS online. In that same SMS, the login data are provided too, by the way.

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