Picture Messaging uses Data?

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I currently have a plan where i can send unlimited Picture messaging ($30) but to send pictures i need to have my data on. I want to confirm that this is not using data (which i do not have). it should be as i have unlimited picture messaging but i want to make sure before i am charged for it.

I have a Nexus 5.
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natalie adams

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You need data to send and to receive pictures
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Enabling data to send mms will not get you charged for data. However make sure that apps do not automatically update in the background when data is enabled. :)
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Using your Picture Messaging without allowing access to Mobile Data by anything else.

Brought to you by: The Koodo Mobile Masters with special thanks to Kid Android and Timo Tuokkola.
Can you send regular text messages but not picture messages?

SIM CARD BASED phones require a data connection in order to send those messages. So if you have data turned off, or blocked, these messages won't go through. "But wait" you say "My plan includes unlimited text and picture messaging. I want to use it but I don't want data because I feel it's too expensive (or whatever)". The Mobile Masters have your solution below.

You can enable data by navigating Settings / Wireless and networking / Mobile Network

Make sure 'use packet data' or 'enable data' is checked.

If you have data blocked by Koodo you'll need to unblock it. You'll have to call customer service to have the block removed. Follow the methods below to ensure data is only available to picture messaging.

Setting up A Koodo phone for MMS with no additional Data Access
FOR ANDROID DEVICES -=- for iphone 3GS see Note 2

First We need to do a little housekeeping. Navigate to your current messaging app and delete any picuture message you previously tried to send but have failed.


Navigate to Settings / Wireless controls / Mobile networks / access point names

Find the Koodo.sp Apn and tap it to open it. Some phones will allow you to edit this APN, for those phones which will not allow you to edit the default APN (I.E the Samsung Galaxy S2x), please skip to Method 2.

Tap APN type and change it so it reads only "mms" then tap the menu key and select save APN
once saved the 4g indicator should disappear. Please see: Note 1


You'll be creating two APN's

Add the first apn (usually by hitting the menu key and tapping ADD NEW)

Note: in the example below please omit the spaces between the http: and the address This is done because some websites shorten URL's

Input the following settings (leaving designated fields blank):

APN NAME: Koodo (NoData)
APN: spp.koodo.com
Proxy server:
Proxy server:
APN type : default

For APN Type we use "default" for this example but if it doesn't work for you, go back and change it to "Internet"
Save this entry (usually by hitting the menu key and selecting SAVE)

Now create a Second APN using the following settings

APN: sp.koodo.com
Proxy server:
Port: 80
MMSC: http: //aliasredirect.net/proxy/koodo/mmsc
Proxy server:
Port: 80
MCC : 302
MNC : 220
APN type :mms

Now save this entry as you did the first.

On the list of available Access Point Names you'll notice three (or more) entries. Select the Koodo (NoDATA) APN and make it active (you'll notice you can not choose the Koodo MMS ALLOW entry)

Exit the APN menu.
Reboot the phone (Shut it off and turn it back on)
Turn off your WiFi
Open your browser and attempt to access any webpage other than Google (google is normally cached). You should get a message that the page cannot be displayed.

Note 1: (For Everyone to read)
You'll notice the 3G or 4G data indicator has disappeared leaving only the Signal strength indicator. IF YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY TRIED AND FAILED TO SEND PICTURES IT MAY TAKE A FEW MINUTES FOR THE INDICATOR TO DISAPPEAR. When you do send a picture the Data indicator will re-appear and the picture should be sent. The Same thing will happen when you get a picture message.

Note 2: (iPhone 3Gs)
Apparently the APN is not easly configurable. You may need to be Jail Broken and download an APP called "Tetherme" which will allow you to edit the APN as per Method 2 (Thanks DJMcPimpin's Sister
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Hmmm... this looks familiar.
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Or when you need to send or receive a picture message, make sure you are connected to a good wifi signal and turn on your data. When you are done picture messaging, then turn off your data again

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