Android - MMS Without Data
because some people can't read
, I thought I'd reiterate the key points here at the top of the post:
- MMS picture messaging simply requires mobile data to be enabled (how do you think all those JPEG bits are getting transferred? They won't fit in the 160 character SMS limit!)
- The steps on this post end up with mobile data enabled so that MMS works, but it blocks mobile data for Internet use so the other apps can't use it.
Any further comments being like "hurr durr you get MMS to work without data by turning on data" will be redirected to
. And anyway, this blog post was written when Android 2.3 was current and the steps probably don't even line up 1:1 any more.
Today I finally decided to break up with T-Mobile and take my number and Nexus One phone to AT&T, as a prepaid phone (tl;dr - I'm tired of cell phone ISPs locking people in to contracts and then they can't do anything about it when the ISP changes their plans around).
My Nexus One was originally for T-Mobile's network, so it doesn't work with the 3G on AT&T's... but that's fine because my AT&T plan doesn't include data. But, my phone can still use AT&T's Edge network.
I don't want any random background apps using the Edge network and costing me usage fees when I'm out and about. But, if I disable Mobile Data altogether, picture messaging (MMS) stops working too. So after a lot of searching around I seem to have found a way to disable the mobile network for all apps, but still allow MMS to be sent/received using it.
On my Nexus One, from the home screen:
- Push the menu button and pick Settings
- Pick "Wireless & networks"
- Pick "Mobile networks"
- Make sure "Data enabled" is checked (MMS won't work either if you disable it here!)
- Go to "Access Point Names"
- On my phone, the only APN here was named "ATT (wap.cingular)"
- Scroll down to the "APN type" setting.
- On my phone, the original value for this setting was "default,supl,mms"
- Change its value to be only "mms".
- Push the menu button and pick "Save."
After this, I tested it. I was able to send and receive MMS messages (which turned on the Edge network notification), but apps like Facebook, Google+, and the mobile web browser all complained that I didn't have an Internet connection.
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