Sending Picture Messages to Email Addresses

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I've had a text from O2, telling me that from January I won't be able to send picture messages to email. I quite often forward WhatsApp pictures to my email address for onward distribution, so this could be a problem for me.

However, the text message links to a piece which tells me how to avoid MMS charges, which states inter alia: "If you're trying to send pictures, files or sound clips, use a service that sends messages over 4G or wifi." Afaik I've hardly ever incurred any MMS charges anyway, so it has not been a problem in the past. My phone is an iPhone 5S, and I'm pretty sure it is 4G enabled, but I don't quite understand what I'm being told. Does it mean that I can carry on as before when I'm in the house, and therefore in wifi range?

Or does this mean I will no longer be physically able to forward pictures as I do now, and if so, are all the other providers doing it too?
 
MMS is a way to send pictures and other types of media in a way that is similar to SMS ('text') messages, using your cellular network. When you forward a message from WhatsApp to email (presumably using the 'share' option) it uses a data connection (3G, 4G, wifi), rather than O2's messaging service, so this should not be affected by O2's changes.

Incidentally, if your objective is to get images out of WhatsApp onto your computer, you might want to look into the WhatsApp app for your computer. This can be linked to your WhatsApp account, so that you can read and reply to WhatsApp messages directly from your computer.
 
Apparently emojis are chargeable images.

True. To clarify, this applies only to sending emojis over SMS message.
 
MMS is a way to send pictures and other types of media in a way that is similar to SMS ('text') messages, using your cellular network. When you forward a message from WhatsApp to email (presumably using the 'share' option) it uses a data connection (3G, 4G, wifi), rather than O2's messaging service, so this should not be affected by O2's changes.

Incidentally, if your objective is to get images out of WhatsApp onto your computer, you might want to look into the WhatsApp app for your computer. This can be linked to your WhatsApp account, so that you can read and reply to WhatsApp messages directly from your computer.

Yes, I do use the 'Share'option, so in fact, I can carry on as before? That's good enough for me; thank you very much.
 

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