iRumor: MMS Capability coming soon to iPhone

Finally AT&T seems to be working hard to bring true MMS capability in iPhone. MacBlogz reports that AT&T is working on a wireless network caching method which will involve sending of compressed and cached image links as SMS messages instead of images. These images can then be opened in Apple's Mobile Safari Browser and saved. The image would expire after 48 hours or so and can also be deleted from the network's cache and remain only on the original iPhone's hard drive.


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Lack of MMS support is a pain for many iPhone users even though there are other alternatives to send/receive pictures via email from iPhone. The problem with sending images from iPhone to iPhone is the lack of native support to view images. Third-party applications like Flutter have tried to bring mms on iphone, but with restrictions on how messages are sent and received.

In November 2008, Mobispine a Swedish company announced MMS iPhone application where MMS messages will be created and received via Mobispine app, not in the iPhone's built in SMS application.

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the 1 thing youve got to remember with the whole iPhone thing is that its apples 1st (ignore the 1x gen and 3g gen. There the same thing with a different comms chip in) entry into the mobile market. Everyone else such as Nokia, SE, WinMob have been in the business for many years and have seen these 'evolutions' in technology. They have had the ability to create products, usually at a premium for the first few models, and improve them.

No company in the world trying to start in the extremly volitile mobile market would come in head long with a 100% product. It costs £££'s to develop. It makes much more sence to bring in a product and test the waters so to speak.

The iPhone is far from perfect but from what it was its a vast improvement.

Getting back on to the subject and not the flame war this post has turned into. I rarely used MMS but it was nice to have. Id like to see it and the ability to send bluetooth pictures in the next iphone.

I don't understand why so many people dislike the iPhone. It's no worst and no better than any other phone. Again it all comes down to what you need and what your want. I never ever ever touched an apple product until the Iphone.

I don't like N95's, I hate HTC phones. I'm not saying there rubbish(which some of them actually are slow etc etc, I've had many and I use HTC s730 for work)

Just because the phone doesn't fit your needs doesn't make it rubbish. Iphone has some great features I enjoy.
Safari is best browser you'll find on mobile phone at the minute. SMS grouping like conversation is fantastic(one of the rest I got the phone), Built in Ipod = best music player you'll find on a mobile phone, that's backed up by the amount of users who use ipods and itouchs.

As for MMS Swirly MMS does this pretty easliy and it takes 1minute to jail break your phone and then add swirly, You have to pay for it but it does MMS. I have it and it works fine. I don't use it and I wouldn't miss it if it didn't exist. MMS is something you think should be there but if it didn't exist would you really miss it?

All I'm saying is Iphone is a personal choice, just like any other phone. But because it's apple your gonna have fan boys and general haters. UI is best you'll see on a phone. You will always get updates and new features.

I prefer Iphone over another mobile because it does what I need. It personal choice, Why do people get the N95/N96? when you can get cheaper nokia phones that do all the same stuff? again personal choice. All this stupid arguing it's rubbish/its great/its rubbish it's great is getting a bit tiring now. The amount of phones sold show how good it is. that's it really. My first and only apple product. (I'm a Microsoft fan boy, Well at least I use to be)

LOL safari best browser on a mobile? I think not, Opera on ya mobile is very very nice.
LOL built in ipod lol i can do the same through windows media player on a windows mobile phone, strange how thats backed up by people who use other apple products hmmmm.

Also i don't have to flash my phone with hacked firmware to get all these so called "features", like copy and paste, MMS, etc. Lol even my HTC phone does SMS grouping per contact. I have a HTC Touch Pro running stock WinMob 6.1. Does everything i need and more than the iphone does out of the box.
LOL the only reason it sold so well was because apple radically droped the price of the thing, go compair the sales when the price was high to the sales of when it dropped, you will notice an increase in iphone sales.......

tunafish said,
LOL safari best browser on a mobile? I think not, Opera on ya mobile is very very nice.
LOL built in ipod lol i can do the same through windows media player on a windows mobile phone, strange how thats backed up by people who use other apple products hmmmm.

Also i don't have to flash my phone with hacked firmware to get all these so called "features", like copy and paste, MMS, etc. Lol even my HTC phone does SMS grouping per contact. I have a HTC Touch Pro running stock WinMob 6.1. Does everything i need and more than the iphone does out of the box.
LOL the only reason it sold so well was because apple radically droped the price of the thing, go compair the sales when the price was high to the sales of when it dropped, you will notice an increase in iphone sales.......

Don't have to flash your phone with hacked firmware to get MMS, all you do is run a quick setup file and it modify's the current firmware.....
Ipod feature in the Iphone is much better than windows media player in Windows mobile(surely you cant doubt that?).

Point being it still sold well. for a first time phone it does it is is a job well done. Like I said I use windows mobile also and it comes nowhere near the ease of use of the Iphone and that is company who has been doing a Mobile OS for how long?

But you missed my main point. It is personal choice for a phone. Just because it doesn't have the features of another mobile doesn't make it a rubbish phone. That is what I was tying to get at. It does everything I need to do, there for it is a phone I prefer to use. I got the phone because I like it. Not because its an apple phone and I need it to be cool. Infact how the hell does it make you look cool or good? It's a phone for Christ sake.

I've never had someone tell me I'm cool because I have an Iphone let alone another other type of Gadget lol

Would people complain so much if this was a Nokia or Sony phone?
It's all personal choice. The phone suits my needs. That is the reason I have it. I have no complaints about it.

If the time comes when I need something that does more than what the Iphone does I will change it. But that time hasn't came yet.

iPhone = total rip off sub-par technology in a nice UI (which is the only good part)
Wake up iPhone owners, you don't have to follow the "cool" crowd, get yourself a decent phone instead - there's lots to choose from, in fact ANY phone is better

it's problem i guess with iphone/ipod touch is very hard to have cross application multi tasking and communication and things running in the background and like Winmo i suppose if they opened this stuff up then well everyone would start complaining about it running slow and feeling sluggish so eh nobody can win.

To add to dreams list i would like to see opera and firefox mobile browsers allowed to run on it too but ohwell.

And mobile office suite for it would be quite cool too.

In the UK alone, according to the Mobile Data Association, there are 10 million picture messages sent per week, and that is growing year on year at 30%. (source)

My wish list...

* Copy & Paste missing
* MMS missing
* The ability to easily add ringtones or even just select a track from my library
* Change the email, voice mail, calendar alerts tones and volume
* Turn down the volume on the clock alarm or have it increase in volume the longer it goes on
* 2 Mega Pixels for a camera is well below par by today's standards
* Video recording
* Cannot attach files to emails from within the email itself
* Synchronise Tasks with Exchange
* When adding IMAP (not sure about POP3) allow to set the security at initial setup screen
* Create/Edit Word documents etc
* Create meeting invitations
* Create mail folders
* Turn by Turn navigation

You can do all of this on a regular smartphone device such as a Windows Mobile or Blackberry device, what is really needed in the iPhone is copy and paste, MMS, way to use your own songs for alarm clock, landscape mode in all apps, video recording, and that's all that came to me off the top of my mine.

* Copy & Paste missing
Not Likely

* MMS missing
See above

* The ability to easily add ringtones or even just select a track from my library
Already doable via iTunes

* Change the email, voice mail, calendar alerts tones and volume
Ok. I agree there.

* Turn down the volume on the clock alarm or have it increase in volume the longer it goes on
Same for that.

* 2 Mega Pixels for a camera is well below par by today's standards
Please consider in the size of the picture. 2MP is enough. Also megapixel doesn't matter as much as the quality of the CCD being used. The 2MP camera in the iPhone out-performs some 5MP that I have used in the past. :p

* Video recording
It is doable since there are application available for jailbroken phones to do this.

* Cannot attach files to emails from within the email itself
Hmm...

* Synchronise Tasks with Exchange
Agreed (for business users)

* When adding IMAP (not sure about POP3) allow to set the security at initial setup screen
Why?

* Create/Edit Word documents etc
Why?

* Create meeting invitations
Agreed (for business users)

* Create mail folders
Actually don't know why that is missing... Apple get on the ball.

* Turn by Turn navigation
It already does this with the GPS.

Umm considering its network side with ATT sending you a regular SMS Link that you click on to launch it in the Safari Browser I fail how to see this would require a new iPhone or a software update.

The MMS feature is rather low on the to-do list for the iPhone for very obvious reasons.

What are the obvious reasons? There is a convenience for sending pictures to phone numbers. That's what technology is all about. And it's what Apple likes to push down people's throats. Convenience and ease of use. The iphone lacks this quality.
It just isn't that important. And the numbers bear that out.

Do you mean it isn't important to you?
Not sure what numbers bear out your observation but even on Macwrold website they state that missing MMS is a rather obvious misfire.

Honestly it is a useless feature when you can send it by email to another phone, and at that having it on your email means you don't have to connect the phone to the computer to view it, personally I see email being of more convenience then MMS. I honestly dont know if I've ever had a need to use MMS.

FusionOpz said,
Honestly it is a useless feature when you can send it by email to another phone, and at that having it on your email means you don't have to connect the phone to the computer to view it, personally I see email being of more convenience then MMS. I honestly dont know if I've ever had a need to use MMS.


It's only uselesss compared to sending an email of an image to a phone if the phone your sending it to has an email account setup on it.
The vast majority of handset have MMS setup, compared to a minority of consumers that have email.

It's basic functionality that should have been included from the first release. Same with copy and paste, 3rd party application support and a raft of other "features" that low-end smart phones have had for years as well as a number of standard consumer normal phones.

Honestly it is a useless feature when you can send it by email to another phone

No, because it depends on the receiving end to have a mail account configured, and that's more of an exception than the rule where I live. The MMS penetration is VERY high in parts of Europe.

Dear iPhone dev team,

On behalf of millions of iPhone users world wide, I would like to thank you for adding a feature that less than 10% of cellphone users find useful.
Could you please add turn-by-turn directions to the next update and perhaps a keyboard in land-scape mode, regardless of the application I'm in?

Thank you,
iPhone users

You don't think many people use picture messaging? I disagree, the only thing that stops people using it is the cost on some providers, otherwise it's pretty handy to have. I get a few MMS's every week and I send a few myself and I'd hardly call myself a "power user" or anything like that.
Either way, it's a feature that phones have had as standard for years now, why was it missing at all?

Ditto. Most people likely don't send heaps of MMS but I get and send them occasionally. I also don't buy into the belief that email is a viable alternative. Of all the friends I know I'm probably the only one that ever uses data on my mobile phone given data plans in Australia are expensive. Sending an email would mean that anyone that I sent it to wouldn't get it until they got home in which case I'm probably just as well off waiting until I'm at a desktop to send the same message too.

It's a very useful feature and something very basic that most phones can do. The iPhone can do so much... why not the following?:

- MMS
- Video recording
- Copy and Paste
- Forwarding Text Messages
- Push
- Turn-by-turn directions
- Landscape Keyboard

Pretty much all of those can be added via a software update. Why they haven't been added (besides maybe MMS support) is beyond me.

No doubt an upcoming iPhone, in June/July. I'm an Apple fan but I don't think it'll be out until then, along with Push and Copy and Paste that everybody wants so much

saiya said,
well you can get Clippy off Cydia. Its still in beta but it works pretty good with Copy and Paste.
Hardly. You can only copy and paste text that is editable, ie: You can't copy text from SMS nor from Safari. That cuts down the usefulness of Clippy considerably.

excalpius said,
Welcome to the 21st century, iPhone! 8P

Haha, except MMS is old dated technology which is only there to make the cell networks extra cash.