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  • AT&T is on Pins and Needles over MMS Launch

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    Multiple reports have been published in the last few hours suggesting that AT&T is anything but calm, cool, and collected going into Friday's introduction of MMS for the iPhone.

    According to Apple Insider, preliminary tests have indicated a great strain on the company's MMS servers. This "strain" is believed to have been responsible for a "test outage" yesterday. So anxious are the people at AT&T that the company will use every minute between today and tomorrow to shore up capacity to a greater extent than current measures have already provided.

    A note published by DSLReports cited a source familiar with the company's MMS upgrade as saying, "Starting at 10AM Eastern (on the 25), AT&T will send out a mass text to a group of iPhone users telling them that MMS now works on their phone. Assuming all goes well, "They will keep doing groups of phones on the hour throughout the day," the source said. Official word from company spokesman Seth Bloom said the upgrade would be targeted at early afternoon on the East Coast, or late morning for users on Pacific Time.
    Sources close to the project are estimating that traffic on AT&T's wireless network could prove in excess of 40% higher tomorrow as iPhone users jump head first into the service they feel is both long overdue and their birth right as iPhone owners.

    But, at least for now, everything is on track and on schedule for the MMS launch tomorrow morning. AT&T even updated its Facebook page to alleviate concerns that further delays lie ahead. "MMS Update: We know you’ve been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25," said the message. "Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes. We’ll provide the steps and all of the details you need right here at that time."

    We first learned that September 25th would be the "go date" this past July, when AT&T said that MMS features would finally come to the iPhone. Now the moment of truth is upon us.

    Tomorrow should be interesting.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T is on Pins and Needles over MMS Launch started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 344 Comments
    1. zoti's Avatar
      zoti -
      In Plano, TX it started working yesterday. Had the ipcc file installed a few weeks back but it only started working yesterday.
    1. SlimQuinn's Avatar
      SlimQuinn -
      Is there a way to update to the new ipcc file without upgrading to firmware 3.1 in iTunes?
    1. slick6932's Avatar
      slick6932 -
      Mine started working yesterday here in chicago. Now i can't send mms i can only receive. Oh well, another few hours until the official carrier update.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by NissanGoddess View Post
      if it's eastern time.. that means 20 mins till its released??
      Around 10am EST a message should be sent to iPhone users. The actual carrier update will be in the afternoon.
    1. cdement05's Avatar
      cdement05 -
      Almost 10:30 am EST and no message and no update. Maybe your source could be a bit sketchy?
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      something must be going on because in the Detroit Area, my 3G speed has been crap all morning... dslreports.com app is showing 86Kbps down and 78Kbps up... stinks.
    1. fleadog99's Avatar
      fleadog99 -
      Well I'm in Frisco, TX and the ipcc floating around 5.2 worked on Monday. on both 3GS and 3G unmodded.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      11am and no MMS yet
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      I have it working since Monday in Houston, Tx. I checked my bill online and, in red letters, it shows I've used 3 MMS NOT INCLUDED in my plan. SO, I guess this is a service we'll have to pay extra for. Sigh...
    1. slick6932's Avatar
      slick6932 -
      I'm actually on the phone right now with att for another reason, and they confirmed late this morning PACIFIC TIME GMT - 08:00. Which means it's 8am right now pacific time, so plan on at least another 4 hours.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      I have it working since Monday in Houston, Tx. I checked my bill online and, in red letters, it shows I've used 3 MMS NOT INCLUDED in my plan. SO, I guess this is a service we'll have to pay extra for. Sigh...
      WTF? ATT stated clearly theres no extra charge if you hav the unlimited txt plan
    1. jerichox's Avatar
      jerichox -
      it says in the news here pacific time..
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      11:40 AM EST and no MMS yet!!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
    1. baymacdrizzle's Avatar
      baymacdrizzle -
      if i have a iPhone 3G but activated and made a contract with a 2G iPhone will i get my MMS enabled?
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Update: I called ATT and they clarified the MMS service is included in the Data plan! Whew!!!!
      I do not have Unlimited Text, I only have 1,500 messages but the service is still included. Go figure.
    1. big_hoff's Avatar
      big_hoff -
      how do i get mms when my iphone is jailbroke?
    1. Videodude132's Avatar
      Videodude132 -
      I never got the "MMS is coming soon" text that others say they got.

      I haven't got MMS yet either

      I wonder if it's because I jailbroke my iPhone. I am on 3.0. Maybe you have to be on 3.1 and unjailbroken to do that.
    1. cdement05's Avatar
      cdement05 -
      I'm on 3.1 without jailbreak and I have not got the text message from AT&T as well.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      Update: I called ATT and they clarified the MMS service is included in the Data plan! Whew!!!!
      I do not have Unlimited Text, I only have 1,500 messages but the service is still included. Go figure.
      Me too!

      Quote Originally Posted by baymacdrizzle View Post
      if i have a iPhone 3G but activated and made a contract with a 2G iPhone will i get my MMS enabled?
      I'm in the same boat, so hopefully!