Emojis Could Lead To Bills as Some Phones Charge Them As Pictures

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Mobile phone users are unwittingly being charged extra just for including a picture of a smiley face in a text message.

Although emojis - picture icons such as a smiley or sad face - have become a standard feature on smartphones, many remain unaware that adding that them to a text message could leave them out of pocket.

That is because some older phone models log messages containing emojis as a picture message - also known as an MMS - rather than a standard text.






Mobile phone users are unwittingly being charged extra just for including a picture of a smiley face in a text message


Sending a group message could also transform a text into an MMS, network providers have warned.

Although unlimited texts come as standard with many contracts, MMS messages are charged separately, lifetime iptv box with some costing up to 40p each.






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The emoji keyboard also lets users send pictures of animals, buildings and food, among others.

Networks warned customers that some older models of phones - such as the Samsung Galaxy S1, S2, S3 and S4 as well as the Galaxy Note - will automatically transform a text to a picture message if an emoji is included. 






Last April, Andy Murray used a row of 51 emojis - including a wedding ring, a couple kissing and a microphone - to predict what his wedding would be like 


Consumer website Moneysavingexpert.com has said that the problem could be ‘even more widespread' than this, also affecting some iPhone users.









Downloading a different emoji keyboard which does not come as standard on a mobile device could also put users as risk of incurring more charges, the website warned. 

To avoid the charges, Moneysavingexpert.com advises users to send emojis through free messaging apps such as Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.

On its website, Vodafone tells customers: 'Some operating systems and phones will automatically convert a text into a picture message - this is something that can happen on any network and is beyond our control.'

Those with iPhones can also send unlimited messages to another iPhone using iMessage.

Turning off the MMS function will also block any emojis being sent as a picture message. 



In 2015, an emoji was voted word of the year by the Oxford Dictionaries. The ‘face with tears of joy' emoji, which shows a yellow face crying with laughter, won word of the year ahead of other topical terms such as Brexit. 

Last April, Andy Murray used a row of emojis to predict what his wedding would be like.

In the tweet, the tennis star used no words but instead 51 emojis, including a wedding ring, a couple kissing and a microphone, to share his excitement with his followers.