Since I downloaded iOS 14 way back when, I've been unable to send/receive photos or join group chats with non-iPhone users. This has been the case with 2 phones - an 8 and my current SE running 15.2.1 - and also my husband's older phone. We are both on Verizon. My brother is also an iPhone user but doesn't have the same issue, and he has a different carrier and I believe his newer phone is 5G. I have SMS, MMS, Group Messaging, and iMessage on. Apple suggests updating carrier settings, but there's no obvious way to do that in my phone.
We always want you to be able to send and receive all of your messages. We'd like to see what's going on. Let's get to the bottom of this. Please send us a Private Note for assistance.*Melissa
I tried sending a Private Note, but the first response said there were HTML elements in my message - there weren't - but I tried again and was told I'd exceeded my allotment of Private Notes. ONE is the allotment? Generous!
We know that customers need to be able to respond so the message that you received is very unusual as we do have customers that message back and forth privately for hours. Let's get to the bottom of your messaging issue. You mentioned that you have the iPhone SE, to update the carrier settings, please follow the steps at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201270. Once completed, please power the phone off and back on before attempting a message and let us know the result. We will be right here waiting.
-LorenB_VZW If my response answered your question please click the _Correct Answer_ button under my response. This ensures others can benefit from our conversation. Thanks in advance for your help with this!!