Basic Phone Usage > Messaging


What is SMS?


SMS stands for Short Message Service, a nifty little invention that allows you to send and receive text through your phone. As a Virgin Mobile customer, your short text messages may contain up to 160 characters. 

If your cellphone is switched off or is out of range, we will store your messages on the network and they will be delivered to you as soon as possible. 

If in doubt about how to send an SMS, consult your mobile phone manual. 

What is MMS?


MMS stands for Multimedia Message Service. It allows you to send people long text messages, graphics, video clips and sound files. Basically, you can send someone a picture that says a thousand words, write out the thousands, record yourself reading out the thousand words or even take a quick video of yourself acting them out – but that’s up to you.

To find out how to send an MMS, please consult your mobile phone manual.

What are some examples of services on MMS?


MMSs are somewhat of a blank canvas, just waiting for the right Picasso, but you can expect the following services on MMS:

  • Taking a snapshot via a camera phone and sending to a friend 
  • Receiving cartoon strips 
  • Composing your own animated picture messages and sending to friends 
  • Sending audio files 
  • Sending pictures & audio files with simultaneous playback 
  • Advertising 

Have fun!


How does MMS compare to email?
Well, to be honest, they’re quite similar but there are a few differences.
  • MMS is delivered in a more mobile-friendly way than email.
  • In fact, MMS uses email technology to make it work.
  • Some aspects of MMS are actually better than email – for example, you can control the sequence of media that someone sees, which normal email just can’t do.
What is WAP?


WAP is not just the sound you hear when you hit a fly with a rolled up newspaper. In cellphone land it stands for Wireless Application Protocol or Wireless Access Points. It is a standard for applications that use wireless communication.

Think of WAP as the tool that allows your cellphone to connect to the Internet and download text, sound and graphics.

The world’s mobile websites are also known as WAP-sites. There’s a fact to impress your friends with!

How do I download Virgin Mobile settings for MMS and WAP?


When that magical moment occurs when you first insert your Virgin Mobile SIM card into your phone, you will receive an SMS. That SMS will ask you whether you would like to accept the Virgin Mobile settings. If you answer YES (the right answer), your settings for MMS and WAP will be downloaded automatically and saved to your phone.

If for some reason you need to manually request MMS and WAP settings – go to the ‘Virgin Mobile’ menu, which you can find either in the main menu or the applications menu of your phone.

Select ‘Virgin Mobile’, then ‘Virgin Settings’, then reply YES when asked if you would like to download them or, dial *103*1# to download.

What is the connection between MMS and WAP?
There is a lot of tech-thinking going on in the background, but all you need to know is this:
  • MMSs use GPRS services to work, particularly lower level WAP transport mechanisms that are optimised for operation over the GSM radio interface.
  • MMSs also use the GPRS push mechanism to transparently notify users of receipt of new messages.