Multimedia Picture Messages or MMS is a step further than a short messaging service or SMS. SMS are short, text-only messages from one mobile phone to another while MMS is longer business text messages and it supports pictures, video, and audio. SMS has a limit of 160 characters only, while MMS has a limit depending upon that imposed by the cellular carrier or mobile network Provider Company.
To see the MMS playing on your phone when someone has sent an MMS on a group text or on your phone’s texting app like WhatsApp, you need to click on that message. But the message will be played only if you are in a full cellular reception area. You do not get an MMS like a normal SMS, instead, you are first given a notification of an incoming MMS, so that you ensure that you are in the full network coverage area, else you might not even receive the full MMS message.
MMS Limitations and Requirements
A mobile phone can receive an MMS message the same way it receives SMS messages. Sometimes, if the MMS message has large images or videos, it will require the internet to play. An MMS message may count for your monthly data allowance in your internet plan.
The video clips have a length limitation of 40 seconds. Similarly, the ringtones, audio clips, and contact cards also can play for 40 seconds only. Some cellular carriers allow only 300 kilobytes for MMS messages, but there is no standard protocol by which the cellular carriers must abide.
To send MMS messages or long text marketing, you might have to access some different alternatives. These alternatives are easy to use because they enable you to send the MMS without having to leave the texting app or browse through a different menu to send a video to someone. There are some apps made specially to send media messages or long text messages. These apps require an internet data plan on your smartphone or Wi-Fi to send the text and media files.
A great way to do this is to upload photos and videos on an online file-storage app or service such as Google Photos. The app should be compatible with iOS and Android platforms. Using Google Photos, you can take upload the videos to your Google Account and from there, share it with your known people.
Snapchat is one such popular image-sharing app that enables you to share photos and short videos only between Snapchat users. It is like video texting. The app supports texting only over the internet. But if you want to send video messages or text messages which are longer than 160 characters, then you can use text messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook.
Here are Steps to Send MMS Picture Messages from an Email
MMS messages can also be sent from an email. It is very convenient if you know how to send pictures or videos to another person’s cell phone from your own email. You can also send an MMS to the recipient’s mobile from your email address. Mobile carriers provide every cell phone with an email address through SMS gateway. These gateways can be used to send an MMS through email. But there are some steps that you should know:
First create a new email message. Go to the navigation menu and click on the button to add or insert an image. Next, find the picture or video you want to send on your computer and click ‘OK’. By doing so, the image will get inserted into your email. This image cannot be a very large file. You should not add this file as an attachment because then the recipient will not receive it on his phone.
Now in the ‘To’ field for email, add the SMS gateway for your recipient’ s mobile phone. Ensure that these are 10 digits of the mobile number followed by an address provided by the mobile phone carrier. Next, check the wireless provider for the correct domain. For example, for Verizon the domain is vzwpix.com. So, to send a video or picture via email, you will enter ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, in the ‘To’ side of the email.
Do not leave the subject blank as some carriers may reject it. Enter a subject and click ‘send’. The recipient will receive the picture or video as an MMS message.