Text and picture messaging

    Learn about text and picture messaging.

     

    Simple Choice offer unlimited text and picture messaging. Older plans may include a monthly allotment of messages (text, picture, video, and IM). You can check your monthly allotment by logging into My T-Mobile and visiting the PLAN section.

     

    Text messaging

    Text messaging (SMS) is a two-way mobile messaging service that allows you to send and receive short text and email messages on text-capable devices. You can use text messaging with both T-Mobile and non-T-Mobile customers.

    Things you should know:

    • You can send messages to any email address, and you can have email sent to your device via text message. You can find steps to do this in Phones & Devices.
    • Each mobile number has its own email address in this format: your10digitmobilenumber@tmomail.net. Example: 6105551212@tmomail.net
    • Messages are limited to 160 characters. If a message exceeds 160 characters, it's automatically converted to a picture message (MMS).
    • T-Mobile doesn't keep copies of text messages, and we can't retrieve deleted or missed text messages. Some email services allow for text messages to be forwarded to your email, so check with your email provider to see if this is a service they offer.
    • Having problems with spam? For information on what you can do, read Caller ID spoofing and text messaging spam FAQs
    • When a text message is received on your T-Mobile phone, you will be charged for the message. Learn how to block messages.
    • Need a special ring tone for a text message? You can find steps to do this in Phones & Devices.

     

    Messaging rates

    Some plans include a monthly allotment of messages (text, picture, video, and IM). If messages aren’t included in your plan, you can find messaging rates by logging in to My T-Mobile and visiting the PLAN section. You can find rates for Pay in Advance (Prepaid) accounts here.

     

     

    Picture messaging

    Picture messaging (MMS) is a service that allows you to send and receive messages with multimedia content, not necessarily just text. Picture messaging lets you send or receive messages containing pictures, video, text, audio, or a combination.

     

    • Go to Phones & Devices to learn how to send picture messages.
    • You'll need a phone that supports picture messaging to use this service. If you're not sure, check your phone's Tech Specs.
    • Because of the larger size, a picture message can sometimes take longer to get to your phone than a text message (SMS).
    • Videos can only be sent between handsets that support video messaging.

     

    Messaging rates

    Some plans include a monthly allotment of messages (text, picture, video, and IM). If messages aren’t included in your plan, you can find messaging rates by logging in to My T-Mobile and visiting the PLAN section. For Pay in Advance (Prepaid) accounts, you can find rates on the Prepaid additional services page.