I’ve had no use for a mobile data plan for the decade I’ve owned a cell phone but because MMS and Photo messaging has been included in my plan I’ve been using APN setting shared on this website that block out all data usage save for MMS and Pictures. Recently this has stopped working and I’ve made several attempts to get it to work again. Closest I can get is a day or two of functionality before other apps start running up my data usage again (such as Gmail syncing). In my attempts to get it working again, I’ve seen a few people mention the “Data Block with Picture Message” add on for 2$ a month. Why the hell do we have to pay $24 a year to *not use a feature* that we don’t even wish to use?
How is it fair to charge both sides? You want to use data? You have to pay. You don’t want to use data not included in your plan? You also have to pay.
This “feature”, if you can call it that, should be a completely free optional add-on. It’s pretty misleading to advertise free unlimited MMS and Pictures in a plan and require you to pay extra to not get charged for having the settings on that allow MMS and Picture texting to work.
Obviously $2 a month isn’t a whole lot of money, but that shouldn’t change the principal of the matter. It’s like telling someone they can use your boat for free and then charging them if they get it wet.
With all that said… Has anyone had luck with APN settings only allowing MMS and Pictures through on a Motorola One Action? It worked fine for months and stopped recently. If I can’t get it working, I suspect a demanding phone call to Koodo regarding Data Block is in my future.