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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

Yes, it really said that

From next month Three customers are advised to be more selective when sending pics of their food, cats or drunken escapades - as the mobile operator is more than doubling its pricing. Or, you know, you could just use an OTT app.

Yes, like the ones that are eating mobile operators' breakfasts with internet voicecalls over Wi-Fi and pic-happy web-text.

From 13 June, the charge for sending multimedia messages will change from 17.4p to 40p per picture or video message with a size limit of 300KB.

It warned customers: "If you’re being charged for MMS when you didn’t intend to it might be because some phones, like older Samsung models, recognise emoticons or emojis as photos. They would automatically convert the SMS into a picture message."

It advised customers there are other ways to send multimedia messages "whilst keeping the costs at bay" such as mobile applications like Skype.

There are other ways to send multimedia messages whilst keeping the costs at bay. Mobile applications are probably the most popular method. In fact some of them, like Skype are preloaded on most of our phones. Also, all of our tariffs include internet allowance so using applications like Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or Viber to name a few, for sending MMS will use the data included in your package.

Of course plenty of penny-pinchers won't be using their packages, but rather Wi-Fi that is not provided by the operator...

A spokesman from Three said: “Our MMS charge remains competitive in comparison to other providers.

"Customers also have a number of different ways of sending picture messages through free apps and other services in order to avoid MMS charges.” ®

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