My Samsung Galaxy Ace default message is multimedia type messages (70 characters) and is costing me a fortune, over 10p a text (UK). How do I change this to normal text (160 characters) which my phone company gives me 200 free text making it cheaper for me?

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AFAIK the stock Messages app always sends a SMS unless you've added an attachment (picture, video, audio), or if you are typing a very long message (the latter depending on your settings). If there is an attachment the message will show the number of used KB instead of the number of remaining characters.

That being said, you should check if the message centre number in your SMS settings is correct. To check start the Messages app, click Menu > Setting, scroll down to the SMS Settings section.

Also on the same screen there is a setting that may convert long text messages automatically to MMS, so you might want to turn that off.

  • I tried sending a text with no images and it still sends it as a mms. The message centre number is 447785014318 and this is correct according to the forums. Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 13:44
  • @resolver101 Something I forgot to ask, can you check your MMS creation mode setting? Can you change it to restricted?
    – THelper
    Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 9:14
  • changing the MMS creation mode to restricted worked. I also installed another sms app which allowed me to send text which were 160 charactors long. Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 14:43

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