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I have how I might here have already read the AldiTalk 600 package. It is not the first time that I have run into a "cost trap" with it. The current case is not so much a setting in AldiTalk, but a problem that I had with iOS 8: At some point after the provider move, the MMS was activated here in the Apple Messages app. Now and then without even realizing it I sent photos to people who actually also have an iPhone. But obviously a photo was still sent here and there by MMS, which costs 39 cents per MMS for me - absolute cost horror if you otherwise send entire films for free via Whatsapp.
In addition, here is an important note that applies to ALL providers that calculate MMS: The smartphones send here and the smilies as graphics. This means that if you write a colon, hyphen, or round bracket, your smartphone partially converts it into a smiley graphic. This is then also sent via MMS and costs you - depending on the provider - around 39 cents! Great thing, right ?! ;-)
The best way to prevent this MMS sending is to go to Settings -> Messages and set two switches to "grey" - i.e. "off". On the one hand, the "Send as SMS" switch, because this means that no "alternative" SMS will be sent if iMessage isn't working at the moment - this can also produce costs under certain circumstances if you don't have a flat rate. On the other hand – and this is the important one! – the "MMS messaging" switch. This should also be gray - not green, as in the picture. At the time it was still activated for me. If you have deactivated these two points, there is no MMS via the messageApp from Apple more possible.
Important to know: Even if you send messages on your Mac under OS X Yosemite, it can happen that they are sent as MMS or SMS. If you have deactivated the MMS on the iPhone, the smilies on the Mac can no longer cost you dearly, because then they will no longer be sent by MMS.
To be on the safe side, you can - if the provider's settings allow it - delete the data for the MMS network from the iPhone. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me with AldiTalk, but if you want to try it, go through the menu as follows: Settings> General> Mobile network> Mobile data network> Remove all settings under "MMS" there. If you have also done this, the iPhone is no longer able to send MMS.
I hope the tip also helps you to save a few cents by submerged, pointless MMS sending!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.