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# 208508 15-Feb-2017 11:04
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I've been trying to send some progress pictures to a client via MMS for the last few weeks but nothing goes through to him.

 

He can MMS pictures back to me, and we can send txt messages, but I cannot send him any pictures.

 

All my other Voda contacts receive pictures fine, and the same on his end. He has an iPhone 5c and I'm on an android SGS7E sourced directly from Spark. My wife is on voda with an iPhone 5s and we message pictures back and forth fine.

 

We definitely have the right numbers on eachothers phones.

 

Is this something that I need to contact spark to figure out, or is it something phone related?

 

Any tips?


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  # 1720472 15-Feb-2017 11:11
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  # 1720508 15-Feb-2017 11:36
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Yeah, I tried the specific SGS7E settings and did notice the port was defaulting to 80, but the settings guide showed 8080. Regardless, it didn't change anything.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1720513 15-Feb-2017 11:45
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it shouldn't be any problem.

 

MMS cost 50c per message and it doesn't include in a normal plan. So if you're on pre-paid beware of that.

 

Also have you tried send one to another Spark mobile ? - a good quick test is to send one to yourself

 

P.S. also make sure you have mobile data ON regardless if you're on wifi or not.

 

 




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  # 1720543 15-Feb-2017 11:52
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Yeah, we're both on plans and have no problem with the cost.

 

I've sent mms to other Spark and Voda numbers without any issue and Mobile Data is definitely turned on.


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  # 1720559 15-Feb-2017 12:00
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Install Whatsapp and send them to the person

 

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  # 1720573 15-Feb-2017 12:22
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Linux:

 

Install Whatsapp and send them to the person

 

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Whilst typically, I would agree, I don't want to have to ask a client to install an app they don't understand (he's 60+ years old and not technically competent).


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  # 1720590 15-Feb-2017 13:01
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I know I'm not answering the question, but MMS seems such a '90s solution to the requirment.

 

How about emailing the pictures to him?  Or putting them in DropBox and SMSing a link?


 
 
 
 


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  # 1720611 15-Feb-2017 13:18
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As shocking as it may be to people on here, there are people that have a phone without a data plan on it. I find it absurd but these people insist they have no need for it and are quite happy with SMSing people on a whole lot of numbers for their communications needs and the odd picture that they pay for. The idea of spending $29 a month on a phone that they take with them seems extravagant.





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  # 1720652 15-Feb-2017 14:07
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richms:

 

As shocking as it may be to people on here, there are people that have a phone without a data plan on it. I find it absurd but these people insist they have no need for it and are quite happy with SMSing people on a whole lot of numbers for their communications needs and the odd picture that they pay for. The idea of spending $29 a month on a phone that they take with them seems extravagant.

 

 

Noted, but also noted above that both sender and receiver are "on a plan".  Given that the cheapest VF plan is $40 per month and includes a GB of data, it's hard to understand how someone with an iPhone and a VF plan would be unable to receive an email or follow a hyperlink.

 

I think that as "tech aware" people it's our role to cajole people away from old ways of doing things if there are better, cheaper, more reliable ways available.  Failing that, just fax him the pictures.




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  # 1720654 15-Feb-2017 14:13
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We're getting off topic.

 

I agree that some users can't/won't leave their luddite backgrounds behind, but I also don't think I should have to dictate a new technological approach to a client simply so he can receive an image every now and then.

 

What if the person failing to receive my images was my wife, and I had to email her every time I wanted to send her a pic of the boys (no euphemism meant you depraved people...). Our conversation string would be disjointed and lose some of the meaning. It's not ideal.

 

There doesn't appear to be an answer to my question so I guess i'll have to find an alternative which is suitable for both parties.

 

 


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  # 1720656 15-Feb-2017 14:20
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Apologies for going OT.  It's just I have often found MMS to be unreliable, and recently got stung by a phone automatically turning group SMS into MMS which then cost 50c per recipient.  I'm also mentally scarred from trying to explain to an elderly family member why sending texts internationally is expensive, unreliable and best avoided when there are so many free and reliable options available.

 

I hope you find a good solution


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  # 1720662 15-Feb-2017 14:42
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I don't have a solution but I can confirm you are not alone. I'm on skinny and cannot MMS to the vodafone contacts I have tried (three in total so far). I have just this minute successfully sent an MMS to a spark contact.

 

I haven't tried to contact support other than to confirm the APN settings are correct as I dont mms much.


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