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Using Smileys on SMS Texts

Do Virgin Mobile charge the sender if they insert a normal smiley or any smiley for that matter when sending a normal SMS text to another virgin mobile customer?

If so does the recipient also get charged?

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Re: Using Smileys on SMS Texts

As long as your phone doesn't automatically convert it to MMS then it shouldn't charge as long as you have enough texts left on your tarrif.

I have MMS disabled on my account just to be safe, I think I can still receive them without being charged, but who would actually use SMS for images etc now that there are apps for this that do it for free anyway.
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Apologies if I've answered my own question.
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Re: Using Smileys on SMS Texts


paperclip wrote:
Apologies if I've answered my own question.

Now that's how to deal with issues Smiley LOL

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Re: Using Smileys on SMS Texts

Hi paperclip,

 

Thanks for posting your query with us.

 

It does appear you have answered your own questionSmiley Happy

 

Emoticons would be classed as MMS.

 

Basic text smileys are classed as SMS.

 

Hope this clarifies what you already seem to knowSmiley Happy

 

Many thanks.

 

Let me know if you need anything else.

 

 

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Well I received an SMS text that included an emoticon and I don't think the sender who is also virgin mobile got charged, so why would this be?

 

The details say Text Message. 

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Re: Using Smileys on SMS Texts

Some emoticons are interpreted by the SMS software from such inputs as

  : - )

 

The three characters are sent in the text and it is decoded as a smiley at the other end if the handset supports it, otherwise it just appears as those characters (for example on an old handset). The display appearance of the icon on one handset might be different to the appearance on another because it's controlled by the receiving handset. For example, my Android phone displays barely legible icons (can't tell the difference between a smile and a frown) but it's perfectly clear on my wife's iPhone - all from the same sequence of three letters in the text.

 

If you send an emoticon which is surplus to the small set of smileys that can be sent as SMS, the actual data contained in the picture is sent, which is why it needs to be converted to MMS.

 

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The emoticons I refer to are the ones that appear and can be used in the Facebook for android app.

They are found by the smile key on the keyboard, I can't include it here as it only appears when using Facebook or sending an text with the stock message app.
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Re: Using Smileys on SMS Texts

Sorry, it's this one. 😍

 

Is that classed as SMS standard emoticon, i.e not chargeable?

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