Re: Picture Messaging MMS - TEXT or DATA???
12-02-2011 02:10:54 PM
I will correct you because you are wrong. On my Samsung Sunburst a person must chose between 2 MMS Profile networks available in order to send multimedia messages. The first alternative is Media Net, the second is AT&T MMS. I have had Media Net "live" for over a year and never incurred a data charge.
After learning that MMS texts are included in our "Unlimited" Text option of our Family Plan, I carefully switched the network profile from Media Net to AT&T MMS. I did not nor do I now know whether one can send MMS texts via both available networks but I wanted to be as certain as possible to avoid a data charge and switching to "AT&T MMS" from Media Net seemed to be an unambiguous of assuring that MMS texts I sent did not incur a data charge.
To test whether my MMS texts would incur a data charge (the minimum of which is $2), on each of the next 2 months, October and November of 2011, I sent exactly one MMS text. Sure enough, when I got around to checking my wireless bill I found that my cell number had been charged $2 for data in October and $2 for data in November 2011.
Furthermore, when I sent an online message to Billing Support protesting that I had unlimited texting and that AT&T specifically included MMS texts as part of the Unlimited texting plan, I received in reply a message from AT&T Billing support which stated that while MMS texting was unlimited under our $30/mo texting Family Plan, all MMS texts still used data and as a consequence incurred at least the minimum charge for data, $2, in each month during which 1 or more MMS text messages were sent from my phone.
Thus , he concluded, my $2 charges for Oct. and Nov. 2011 were appropriate and still stood as 'proper' charges.
Given that these 2 months are the most recent A&T billing months, I consider the written reply I received to be a statement of AT&T's most current policy. I may be that, as you stated, MMS texts did not incur data charges at some time in the past, they apparently incur data charges at present.