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Anonymous
 
Posted on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 02:16 am:   

when a we send out an mms via nowsms or throughour operator, the receiver will get a notification to establish a gprs connection to retrieve the message content so does that mean the receiver got to pay for the gprs charges? Operators in my country says the receiver does not need to pay any gprs when sending thtough them.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Post Number: 2118
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 02:42 pm:   

This varies by operator.

Many operators have defined a separate GPRS APN that is only used for MMS traffic.

In these cases, there is usually no charge for connections to that APN. However, the APN is limited in that it only allows connections to the operator MMSC, so it can only be used for sending and receiving MMS messages through the operator MMSC.

Operators who have this setup in place generally charge the sender for submitting a message to the MMSC, but neither the sender nor receiver are charged for the GPRS access that is involved in sending or receiving the message.

In the UK, T-Mobile and Orange have separate APNs setup for MMS, like I've described. Vodafone and O2 do not have separate APNs setup for MMS, and the standard WAP APNs are used for MMS traffic.
Anonymous
 
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 02:25 am:   

Does that mean operators with open mmsc for both wap and mms is charging receivers for sending and receiving?
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 2154
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 02:58 am:   


quote:

Does that mean operators with open mmsc for both wap and mms is charging receivers for sending and receiving?




I cannot speak for the setup on all operators with such a configuration, but generally speaking, I do believe this to be the case. (I have not analysed subscriber bills to verify this.)

GPRS access for sending/receiving MMS is counted as "WAP" access for operators that do not have a separate GPRS APN for MMS.

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