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  • AT&T Announces MMS


    Better late than never, right?

    Millions of Apple customers will presumably mark their calendars today. Indeed, a day Apple customers have long awaited is finally upon us.

    On September 25th, AT&T will at long last flip the switch on MMS service for Apple's iPhone 3G and 3GS customers.

    Apple says that MMS (which allows instant messages to include embedded multimedia) will be enabled through a software update beginning that day. It should be noted, though, that the original iPhone will not be capable of transmitting MMS.

    The announcement came today on the company's website.

    We know that iPhone users will embrace MMS. The unique capabilities and high usage of the iPhone’s multimedia capabilities required us to work on our network MMS architecture to carry the expected record volumes of MMS traffic and ensure an excellent experience from Day One. We appreciate your patience as we work toward that end.
    It's a long awaited move that, according to Kent German at CNET, finally inducts the iPhone "into the cell phone family."

    Apple customers have been extraordinarily patient in waiting for this development (there have even been lawsuits inspired by the lack of MMS on the iPhone). So for many of us - but especially the litigious ones - September 25th simply can't come soon enough.

    Congratulations to Apple, the iPhone, and to all of us!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Announces MMS started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 136 Comments
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Don't know why all these people are complaining about AT&T's service, the only time I've really been without a full 5 bars is when working inside a extensively-wired factory at my old job, other than that I've been fine with service all over Long Island, as well as Northeastern Houston where I currently live. The only time I've really seen a service drop is when I get bored and I start to drive out east where you will not see signs of civilization for literally several miles. Maybe I've just been lucky but as far as I know AT&T has a service coverage map on their website that shows you whether or not they provide wireless coverage in your area and whether or not you get 3G and such, maybe you should consult that map before complaining for a lack of service in your area.

      Also, the 5 bar coverage was uniform between passing in and out of vehicles and buildings and whatnot.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      We have good 3G coverage in SA
    1. kyevey's Avatar
      kyevey -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      We have good 3G coverage in SA
      Same in San Diego...
    1. orangecrush's Avatar
      orangecrush -
      So with a new update, does that mean we'll have to re jailbreak out phones AGAIN???

      Arrrghh... but it will be worth it.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      no jailbreak needed
    1. babyd22's Avatar
      babyd22 -
      about time..hi guys
    1. orangecrush's Avatar
      orangecrush -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      no jailbreak needed
      I understand that but what I meant, to get mms, is there an software upgrade involved (ie. going from 3.0 to 3.01) which means we will have to RE-jailbreak?

      Thanks,

      Mark
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      That is what he meant, there is no real iphone software upgrade(3.0 or whatever) to make you have to re-jb. Thought it was just supposed to be carrier software update (AT&T 5.0 or so on).
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      MMS will come in the form of a carrier update in iTunes. You will not have to upgrade to 3.1. The only problem I see right now is that everyone is running 5.0 which was created so that if AT&T released an update to prevent people from tethering it would not see the update in iTunes. The carrier settings released on 09/25/09 hopefully will be >5.0 or you will not see the update. The carrier settings from the betas of 3.1 are 4.x.

      If your MMS is not working anyways, you might want to get your phone back to AT&T 3.1 so that your phone will see the update on 09/25/09 and you wont have to be messing with it then.

      I wrote this guide back in April to get MMS working on your AT&T line. It's worth a shot if you haven't tried it.

      AT&T MMS, and Tethering Guide

      Here are my AT&T carrier settings:

      Stock AT&T Settings (3.1)

      Altered AT&T Settings (5.0)
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      Don't know why all these people are complaining about AT&T's service, the only time I've really been without a full 5 bars is when working inside a extensively-wired factory at my old job,
      I don't understand why you think the world revolves around you and only encompasses what you and only you see everyday.

      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      ther than that I've been fine with service all over Long Island, as well as Northeastern Houston where I currently live
      I live in a town just north of Savannah in South Carolina, not real big but it is right by that and Hilton Head Island which is a big tourist attraction. You live in major metropolitan areas, I don't. But AT&T reps continually tell me I have good coverage when that is outright and flat wrong.


      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      as far as I know AT&T has a service coverage map on their website that shows you whether or not they provide wireless coverage in your area and whether or not you get 3G and such, maybe you should consult that map before complaining for a lack of service in your area.
      Their coverage map is a joke. I had no choice but to move where I currently live, and I checked the map. However, on my way down here I dropped almost every single call because AT&T has chosen not to cover major routes of travel going toward South Carolina. Not acceptable. I signed a contract with them for money in exchange of cell phone service. They are not holding up their end of the agreement, so I am upset with that. It's no different than power and water for your home. Would you complain when it would randomly go off or only work at certain times of day?

      Maybe you should get off your high horse and spout bull**** about how it works for you where you live so nobody should complain. The world doesn't revolve around you and how you feel and what you think, thanks for your stupid comment though. All of us don't live in a major city or on the outskirts of one. AT&T fails to provide service that is competent outside those cities. AT&T is a freakin joke, their coverage is crap, and they are treating their customers like goddamm children with this video.

      My point is that this is awesome to have, if AT&T decides to cover you area enough that you can actually use your phone. They are more than happy to take my money for a service that they are bound by a contract to provide. And they do not provide it in a satisfactory manner, while other providers in my area work flawlessly and more cheaply than what I get.
    1. orangecrush's Avatar
      orangecrush -
      It's this simple. There is no PERFECT phone company. If there was, everyone would be using it.

      What works for one person in one location doesn't for another. That's why some people swear by Verizon, some think Sprint is the cat's meow. It all depends on the coverage for that particular area.

      Having said that... AT&T does have in my opinon the best "overall" coverage. I'm sure as in KartRacer's area, perhaps another company works in that area. I just think in general, AT&T's coverage is up there.

      Mark
    1. Sn4key's Avatar
      Sn4key -
      I wonder if you'll need 3.0.1.. I got 3.0 and I don't feel like redoing all the work to get to 3.0.1..
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      There is no difference between 3.0.1 and 3.0 except for the SMS fix. I doubt you'll need 3.0.1.
      But 3.1 is coming out soon...
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by orangecrush View Post
      It's this simple. There is no PERFECT phone company. If there was, everyone would be using it.

      What works for one person in one location doesn't for another. That's why some people swear by Verizon, some think Sprint is the cat's meow. It all depends on the coverage for that particular area.

      Having said that... AT&T does have in my opinon the best "overall" coverage. I'm sure as in KartRacer's area, perhaps another company works in that area. I just think in general, AT&T's coverage is up there.

      Mark
      I agree with you totally. The grass is always greener on the other side, but the other side doesn't have the iPhone. But I'm speaking of only my experience of course, but of the 12 people I work with in our tight group, not a single one has AT&T. Not one. Six are on Verizon, four on Sprint, me on AT&T, and one on Alltell. Which really means 7 are on Verizon now that they bought Alltell. But the real kick in the nuts is that when we are going back and forth between hangars to get something or work on another jet they won't even attempt to call me most of the time because I rarely get the call. They either wait or call the other person I'm with. That's completely 100% unacceptable when they happily charge me for service they are under contract to provide. I understand there will be problems, but saying that the service you pay for isn't available unless you are outdoors your phone won't work is a joke.
    1. Niner1000RR's Avatar
      Niner1000RR -
      Alot has to do with where you live too.

      I know I have had T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Nextel (before the merger) and AT&T.

      My experience with Verizon was UNREAL! (BAD!) So bad that my company bought out of our contract to get away from the service. Yet I have friends in other parts of the country that swear by it.

      In my experience I would rate them:

      1. Sprint - For me, where I live Sprint was head and shoulders above the rest. As far as reception, service, even during and after hurricanes when we went weeks without electricity, my cell was the first one working.

      2. AT&T - I get a few dropped calls a week, some hit and miss reception sometimes but overall I am happy with it.

      3. T-Mobile - Didn't have it long enough for a real opinion.

      4. Verizon - If it wasn't for Nextel Verizon would be last for me.

      5. Nextel - Only thing they have is the best walkie talkie features.

      But I am sure others would have them all different.

      That's life...
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I'm glad we don't get hurricanes
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ yea, just earthquakes, mud slides, fires, and riots.
    1. streetthrowback's Avatar
      streetthrowback -
      so let me get this straight so for the people who have 3.0 jailbreak iphones we need to upgrade the carrier or to os 3.1???
    1. orangecrush's Avatar
      orangecrush -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      I agree with you totally. The grass is always greener on the other side, but the other side doesn't have the iPhone. But I'm speaking of only my experience of course, but of the 12 people I work with in our tight group, not a single one has AT&T. Not one. Six are on Verizon, four on Sprint, me on AT&T, and one on Alltell. Which really means 7 are on Verizon now that they bought Alltell. But the real kick in the nuts is that when we are going back and forth between hangars to get something or work on another jet they won't even attempt to call me most of the time because I rarely get the call. They either wait or call the other person I'm with. That's completely 100% unacceptable when they happily charge me for service they are under contract to provide. I understand there will be problems, but saying that the service you pay for isn't available unless you are outdoors your phone won't work is a joke.
      Just out of curiousity, have you thought about changing service and just unlock your phone? I think it would be worth the 100 disconnection fee IMO for you to change to a company that will work for you.

      Mark
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      ^ yea, just earthquakes, mud slides, fires, and riots.
      The last *big* earthquake was 1994 and that wasn't even near where I live.
      I've only felt 2 earthquakes before, the first one last summer and the second one a couple months after.
      Fires - yeah but what hot place with dry mountains doesn't?

      Mud slides - not really...
      Riots... Uhh.. not really.. 1992? That has nothing to do with California's natural disasters though.

      Quote Originally Posted by streetthrowback View Post
      so let me get this straight so for the people who have 3.0 jailbreak iphones we need to upgrade the carrier or to os 3.1???
      carrier update.