Am I charged for receiving picture messages ($34 lightweight plan)

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Hi, I just (Aug 2014) activated a Koodo account on $34/month lightweight plan. The Plans website states that picture messaging is $0.50 per picture. Does this apply to both sending and receiving?

If it also applies to receiving picture messages, eg, I am charged 50 cents for every picture message I receive, how do I stop my enemies from bankrupting me by sending me endless pics?

Thanks.
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Posted 4 years ago

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That's a great catch Jackal.
Picture messaging incoming and outgoing is indeed included on all current plans when in canada.

I'll let our Koodo contact know of the picture messaging charge on the website
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is this what you're referring to?





If so these are the standard rates for people on older plans which didn't include these features. Your plan clearly states unlimited messaging (3) which is defined as...

3.Includes international text & picture messages sent and received anywhere in Canada. Availability of service will vary by country and is subject to change without notice. Excludes premium and subscription-based messages. Additional data charges apply depending on picture size when roaming in the U.S. and internationally. Picture messaging is supported by BlackBerry smartphone with a SIM card only if a BlackBerry add-on is added to a Koodo plan or a Koodo data plan is chosen. Picture messaging works only if data is turned on.












so the messaging charges wouldn't apply to you since your plan overrides them.
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Therefore... SEND ALL THE PICTURES
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Many thanks, answered my question exactly... very good to know!
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Great to know but...I'm scared of being hit with data charges for texting with pictures. Do they cross into data territory or do they stay solely as text?
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Connect to wifi first before sending pictures. While your connected your phone will only use the Koodo connection for pictures
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No problem with regular texts, then?
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Regular texts do not use data. Picture messages do.
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I am on the $15 prepaid plan that includes unlimited messaging (text and picture)

I can't get the picture messaging to work but from what I've read here is that I have to turn data on. So if I turn data on and get charged for it - how is that unlimited picture messaging? There is no disclaimer in the fine print about turning data on.

Anyone have this happen? Did you get charged for pictures when you turn data on?
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You dont get charged for the data. Heck you dont even need a data booster and MMS will work. Data just needs to be enabled since the pictures use the same Data pipeline.

However if you have other apps that are using data in the background, then that data usage will be incurred.
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I see. Seems sort of backhanded to me. So before you open any messages that "might" contain pictures, you have to close off all other apps that "might" be using data...
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√Čric, you're on prepaid, that works differently from postpaid. On the 15$ plan data will only be used for MMS (unless you have a data booster). Data isn't available for anything else without a booster. And the glory of prepaid is you must pay for everything in advance so if you didn't t pay for a data booster to begin with, you can't get charged for one later. Data simply will not function for anything other than MMS.
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Really? That sounds too good. I will try it.
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Closing the app does not mean it has stopped using data since apps may update in the background.
And MMS has always used the Data pipeline. It's just that before smartphones, MMS was the only thing that used this pipeline. Not it shares it with App and internet data.

Try this recent tip by MM Rikkster
http://community.koodomobile.com/kood...

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