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    Question Any way to send/receive MMS messages (photo texts) when on WiFi only?

    I'm a new Tracfone customer as of a few weeks ago, using an iPhone 6+ on the BYOP plan.

    Today I noticed I was not able to send or receive photos via text message when I had my cellular data turned off.

    I updated some of the settings, and as soon as I turned it back on, the messages started to go through.

    Is it simply not possible to send or receive them when cellular data is turned off?

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    Are you trying to send them to a phone number or to an email address, which one?

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    To a phone number

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    WiFi is for internet-related things. It cannot do anything with a phone number. Only the phone company can decipher phone numbers, so you will have to utilize their services i.e. data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Ziss View Post
    Today I noticed I was not able to send or receive photos via text message when I had my cellular data turned off.
    Is it simply not possible to send or receive them when cellular data is turned off?
    Taking your two sentences together, the answer is No. But based strictly on the thread's title "Any way to send/receive MMS messages (photo texts) when on WiFi only?", the answer is Yes. While on WiFi, you can SEND an email with attachment to a phone number if you know which carrier it is on, and it will arrive as an MMS. If the phone number is on AT&T, you can send the email with attachment to [email protected] . If the phone number is on Verizon, it'll be [email protected] or [email protected] .

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    And if you have a Google Voice number, at least on Android you can use the Google Voice app to send/receive SMS and MMS picture messages with WiFi to phone numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    And if you have a Google Voice number, at least on Android you can use the Google Voice app to send/receive SMS and MMS picture messages with WiFi to phone numbers.
    Again with Google voice.. Has nothing to do with this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    Again with Google voice.. Has nothing to do with this thread.

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    Also, in the case of AT&T, there is a MMS size limitation using the email address. Not sure what it is, but a 3MB photo won't be delivered. I think it may be a MB.

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    Thanks everyone

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    For iPhones you need to have data turned on. There are some Android phones that will toggle data on and off when you send MMS.


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    I send pictures back and forth for my boss on his iPhone using email addresses all the time.
    He's more than a bit on the tech-challenged spectrum, which is why I am the one that typically handles these sorts of tasks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quint101 View Post
    Also, in the case of AT&T, there is a MMS size limitation using the email address. Not sure what it is, but a 3MB photo won't be delivered. I think it may be a MB.
    Yes, if any part of the MMS portal is used there is an attachment size limit. Verizon is 1MB also. There may be a size limitation between email systems, but would be a lot higher.

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    Yes, there is a way to send MMS on WiFi. You need to have WiFi Calling activated. Then you can be on airplane mode with WiFi on, it will send MMS or SMS or voice calls.

    However this might only work with certain carriers / MVNOs that support WiFi Calling.

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