First I had the problem of not being able to receive MMS straight to my phone (had to login to that web-app and manually download them). And now that's fixed I've found out Virgin charges for every MMS sent! I'm paying for unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB data /month but Virgin still charges 40p per picture message I send (and even those are limited to a tiny size)??
Just wondering if I've missed something, like how I had to change the settings in order to receive MMS. Or does Virgin still charge per MMS no matter what like its 2006?
MMS is a very lucrative market. It uses existing infrastructure (you can't send MMS without mobile data enabled) so there's no reason that UK carriers should still be charging for it, especially for people with inclusive data.
The real kicker is that the rest of the world has already grasped this, so handset manufacturers make their phones automatically switch to MMS when circumstances mean that it's a more efficient protocol than SMS - for example when sending a really long text. In the UK you get charged but anywhere else you don't.