Is it required that data be activated in order to receive photo texts on my samsung galaxy s4 mini?

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Do I require data to be activated to view photo texts on my samsung galaxy s4 mini? I don't want to have data activated because I don't have a data plan and if I turn data on, something is going to update and consume data and charge me data fees. I called Koodo but they said that data must be activated in order to receive photo texts, but that you aren't charged data fees for the photos in text messages. Problem is, if I turn on data, then some app is going to update, and then I get charged pay as you go data. My old phone was able to receive photo texts with the mobile network turned off. Is there a fix or workaround for this?
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Evan Meyer

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Yes, if you have a data block or just using WI-FI picture messaging will just not work.

So bad. Make sure that your plan has a data included. Or, if you don't want to use data. Only enable your cellular data for you to send/receive a picture.

Any questions on how to just reply back!
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Yea data must be enabled.
You could make sure you are on a strong wifi signal when you turndata on. This way it won't use any cellular data
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On an S4 you should be able to use this trick as well: