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Is there a way to force a message to be sent as an MMS?

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May I ask why you want to do this? I am just curious. –  Flow Aug 16 '12 at 19:11
    
@Flow In my tariff mms sending through the country is free whereas sms is not free –  krvladislav Aug 17 '12 at 12:50
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If you add a Subject to the message you're making, it gets converted to MMS format. Even if the Subject is empty, at least, that's what I know. –  Propeller Sep 16 '12 at 16:14
    
Promote that comment to an answer - a subject forces MMS. It's a silly workaround, but it could be done automatically with a replacement messaging application. –  Broam Oct 16 '12 at 19:26
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As per Broam's suggestion above, I'm posting my comment as an answer. Hopefully some people finds it useful.

If you add a Subject to the message you're making, it gets converted to MMS format. Even if the Subject is empty, at least, that's what I know

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Force the MMS

I've saw this comment you provided on your question:

@Flow In my tariff mms sending through the country is free whereas sms is not free

If this is the case, you can have a .jpg as a signature file, and attach it to every SMS you send. Since the image is a media component, your SMS will become an MMS, thus saving you some $$.


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As far as I know, you can't.

An MMS message is a plain old text message with contents attached.

If you attach a media file, it will be send as a MMS message. Otherwise it will follow as an SMS.


What is MMS? Wikipedia

Multimedia Messaging Service, or MMS, is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from mobile phones. It extends the core SMS (Short Message Service) capability that allowed exchange of text messages only up to 160 characters in length.

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I think there is no restriction in MMS protocol which forbids using it for text only even for less than 160 chars –  krvladislav Jul 18 '12 at 12:08
    
@krvladislav The issue here is that if it is < 160 chars, it will be recognized by your phone and the network as an SMS, and will be sent as such. –  Zuul Jul 18 '12 at 12:19
    
@krvladislav The essence of an MMS is the multimedia component, that is, a file (picture, video, etc...). Without it, is just an SMS (text message). –  Zuul Jul 18 '12 at 12:30
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I've found that another option, on phones or text messaging apps that support group texting but that don't force MMS when you add a Subject, is to create an artificial 'group' consisting of the person you're texting to .... AND yourself. In other words, send the text to the target person AND yourself. If you've got group texting support, doing so will force an MMS, and thereby bypass Google Voice. Hence, your emoji will get transmitted in spite of Voice. Once you send the group text, you will receive a redundant copy of your text. At that point, just delete it. This approach can become a little messy if you don't know what you're doing, but it works for me.:-)

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