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Why won't AT&T support MMS on the iPhone 3G S at launch?

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Why won't AT&T support MMS on the iPhone 3G S at launch?
The new iPhone OS 3.0 and the new iPhone 3G S are finally bringing the world of MMS to Apple's touchscreen phone. But hold on, AT&T will not be supporting MMS for the iPhone 3G and the 3G S until "late summer". While that might put a damper on things, iPhone users have waited so long to send pictures on their handset that a few more weeks of waiting is really nothing. Right?

You're probably thinking that the reason AT&T can't allow MMS to start right away is due to some type of complex technical fix that the carrier has to do to get this feature up and running. The actual reason is a lot more low tech. It seems that AT&T is not supporting the MMS feature on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S immediately because they have to remove manually the "Opt Out MMS codes" on each account. In other words, the phone itself is all set and ready to zap those pictures of your kids from your iPhone to Aunt Margaret's handset, but AT&T's network will not allow it although it will happen once the carrier gets down to some manual labor and removes the blocks.

Speaking of being locked out, tethering also will not be supported immediately. BGR is reporting that AT&T is working on a $70/month unlimited data and tethering plan that will not include SMS and MMS. Can you say Ka-Ching?

Apple iPhone 3G S

source: BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. killingthemonk (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Feb 2009)


"BGR is reporting that AT&T is working on a $70/month unlimited data and thethering plan that will not include SMS and MMS. Can you say Ka-Ching?" The Verizon unlimited data and tethering on their smartphones comes to $59.99. That's $10.00 less.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 19:15

7. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Oh good job! You can do math! Well anyways, whether its $59.99 or $69.99, I don't plan on getting either one. And don't forget, this is still a rumor.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 21:53

17. cartman (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


If unlimited equals unlimited (as in, no 5Gb cap), then it would be ok. I mean even VZW has a 5GB cap on their 'unlimited' plan. (but then again, so do sprint, cricket, yada yada yada)

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 08:05

29. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Verizon has not been advertising their $59.99 plan as unlimited for over a year.

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 19:21

34. teddydance103 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2009)


and tmobile has unlimted data plans for 34.99! (n that's less than any other company)

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 18:28

2. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i would hate to own a phone that cant send/receive pix/flix messages!!

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 18:37

3. trentsinmypants (Posts: 311; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


Its only a temp set back, calm down......

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 18:49

4. KINGOFKINGS (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


I would rather have any phone even one that dosent take pix than that p.o.s bb storm vzw fanman calls a phone

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 19:24

8. HatedaIphone (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


Just prooves both ATT and Apple Suck !!

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 19:43

9. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


LOL!!! that was actually fun. The storm at launch really sucked... the update makes it more usible... but i still wouldn't buy one.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 19:43

10. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


*usable

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 22:18

19. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Oh I just think Kiltlifter is an over pretentious alcoholic. I assume you dig the brew you lifted your name from?

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 15:40

31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


umm the iphone hasnt been able to send MMS pics.. yeeeaa... temp setback lasting 3 yrs almost.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 18:54

5. SAMER82 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


AT&T is bad company verizon is the best in US.....Maybe apple need to talk verizon for bring A CDMA iphone At VZ costumer

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 19:01

6. insider80 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)


WTF is that even english????????????

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 19:46

11. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


lol that is great too... "ME smert user mehbeh aple talk virezon for bring phone windows at customers".... maybe he was so excited about the possibility of the update coming to vzw he forgot how to talk... lol good times.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 21:44

15. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


I gotta back them up on this... maybe SAM's foreign and is learning English..never know...

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 23:15

23. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


At first I was cracking up but you're right, you never know. . . If artz is wrong, then lol, if he is right, then we're all jerks.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 20:13

12. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


"thethering"??????? spell check anyone????

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 20:47

13. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


AT&T people are def the minority on this site...i'll say again, why is the iphone all about the apps on at&t's commercials?? tell us about the actual phone part! it might as well be a commercial for an itouch.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 21:16

14. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Come on think for a second. Why would Apple want to adverise calling, something everyone phone can do (some better than others though). It smarter to advertise something that sets you apart from the competition. Fake commercial: "This is an iPhone 3GS. Press here to access the phone. Press here for voicemail. The iPhone has 4 hrs of talk time...." hooray!! Now Apple will sell billions. The Blackberry storm commercial didn't talk about the actual phone part. Neither did the palm commercial or G1. The Voyager wasn't adverised as having great call quality. Instead it was know to be the iPhone killer with the first touch screen and full qwerty keyboard. The lg chocolate just talked about the heat sensitive buttons. The instinct was also the iPhone killer with GPS, faster Internet, and Sprint TV

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 21:47

16. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


yea..maybe fanman just had a brain fart.. it happens to the best of us..

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 00:02

25. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


hello, every commercial same thing!!! come on now apple! all the commercial sells are the apps, not the actual iphone!

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 22:08

18. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


Bye Bye Verizon. I hate my vx6800. worst pda ever. It has been replaced 5x's. I was trying to wait for a good replacement to come out, and it finally did. Going to get the iphone!

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 22:22

20. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Enjoy a $hitty network my friend. I'll be that dude that bumps into you somewhere actually making a call instead of wishing my great multimedia phone COULD make a call.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 22:25

21. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


I rather have a so called $hitty network than a phone that cuts off, the outside buttons don't work, and I'm tired of getting replacements. All that and I still pay over $100/mo for what??? the network please. I'm tired of getting r$ped by Verizon! I've been with you since 98. There's only so much one can take from a carrier.

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 23:21

24. HatedaIphone (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


You'll Be Back !! LOL

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 01:35

27. bronxbomber (Posts: 82; Member since: 10 Apr 2009)


VERIZON IS LIKE THE UNCLE THAT BOUGHT YOU A TOY BUT MOLASTED YOU......LOL. ATT IS NOT GOING TO BE ANY BETTER. YOU SHOULD JUST GO TO SPRINT AND GET YOUSELF A PALM PRE, AND SAVE SOME MONEY WITH A NICE PHONE. * NOT THAT THE IPHONE IS NOT A GOOD PHONE I JUST FEEL IS WITH THE WRONG NETWORK.

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 01:35

28. bronxbomber (Posts: 82; Member since: 10 Apr 2009)


*MOLESTED*

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 15:47

32. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


@ Bronxbomber: Damn that's funny!!! Hahaha!! Even though I hate sprint, I still need to give you credit for that comment. Hella funny!

posted on 08 Jun 2009, 22:27

22. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


While I do applaud Apple for FINALLY bringing the iphone into a league with every other basic cellphone out there with features like MMS, and adding some decent, although probably hardly ever used features (I'm looking at you Compass feature), (I already have a compass with BB Maps), it still resides on a cell phone network called FAIL, er um AT&T. When it comes to VZW then it might stand up in actual functionality. I do actually look forward to that day when I can actually make up my mind whether to go with BB or iphone on the only worthwhile network in the States.

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 01:22

26. The Spartan (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


I've got to be honest...I'm a quite disappointed with Apple. I mean, they're big announcement about the iPhone this year is that it'll actually get to do everything that my Storm can all ready do? (And if I'm going to drop that bomb, let me throw in there that my Treo 755 could do most, if not all of that as well...) Lame. BB Storm FTW.

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 12:24

30. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


shit like this happens all the time at companies. . .something gets overlooked and it blows man hours to get done. . .it nothing unusual except this affects phones most of these people on here cant afford. . .oh well

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 17:46

33. Zexel (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


Good thing I work for Best Buy Mobile. Hopefully I can just go into AT&T's system and remove the MMS Opt Out and make it work.

posted on 10 Jun 2009, 03:23

35. BBBOY (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


i personally think that 70 is a bit too much where as to other pda devices along with blackberries is 60... i think that they are just trying to make the iphone stand out since a lot of business owners use them and they will pay. why dont you little prima donas concentrate on the topic and stop worrying about the fucikng spell check... holly fcuk

posted on 10 Jun 2009, 21:47

36. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


You spelled fuck wrong. Oh yes I went there with the spell check. You also spelled fucking wrong. Are you stupid or something?

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