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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36 Comments

1. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 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.

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

17. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 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)

29. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

34. teddydance103

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2009

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

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

3. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

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

4. KINGOFKINGS

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 08, 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

8. HatedaIphone

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Just prooves both ATT and Apple Suck !!

9. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

10. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

*usable

19. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

5. SAMER82

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 08, 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

6. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

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

11. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

15. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

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

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

12. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

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

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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

16. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

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

25. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

18. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 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!

20. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

21. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

24. HatedaIphone

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

You'll Be Back !! LOL

27. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 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.

28. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

*MOLESTED*

32. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

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