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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

A number of AT&T iPhone users around the United States are reporting that MMS is already working in advance of the September 25 date AT&T has officially announced as the MMS go-live date. According to accounts from forum members and across the web, MMS has started to work for some AT&T iPhone users with iPhone OS 3.1 out of the blue, requiring no action on their part to get it working.

Other forum members have followed instructions provided by Krillr.com to manually update a carrier settings file on their iPhones via iTunes, a method similar to hacks reported earlier this summer. Some have had success while others have not, though the ability to get MMS working appears to be more likely in some locations than others. Members have reported working MMS after applying the carrier file in California, Washington, Florida, Texas, and more, while others in Colorado, New Jersey, and other states describe that this method has not worked for them.

One side effect experienced by some who have tried this method is that visual voicemail ceases to function. Others report that MMS messaging will only work after the iPhone's Wi-Fi radio is turned off.

Another potential factor in enabling MMS functionality before the official go-live date is the selected messaging plan. Those on an unlimited family messaging plan appear to have better chances at success in enabling MMS than those on a standard iPhone messaging plan.

While the methods that require the use of a modified carrier file to enable MMS do not technically appear to be jailbreaking or hacking your iPhone, following these instructions may have some negative consequences that are yet unknown, so iPhone users should proceed with caution in following them. With AT&T's official roll-out of this feature in under two weeks, it may be less risky to wait.

Article Link: AT&T Customer Reports of iPhone MMS Activation Surfacing


macrumors 65816
Sep 26, 2006
After waiting over two years... I think I can wait under two weeks more. Especially for something I'll hardly use.
I don't know why people mess with their iPhones...


macrumors 65816
Apr 26, 2005
Although tons of people will defend either apple or att, the time this took was simply pathetic. This is true, of course, without even mentioning the outrageous cost of the service and the phone itself.

Of course Palm is even lamer for not having 60,000,000 apps available within 3 months of release of the phone.

Is it just me, or does no one really use MMS to begin with? It's either text messages or email.
You're right -- Iphone users haven't had this feature to use in the first place; only available options have been mailing a picture with e-mail or plain text.

Also -- if nobody would use it, why would att say they needed such substantial upgrades to their network (and years to do such tremendous upgrades) -- because it's a service that "no one really uses to begin with"??


macrumors 6502a
Oct 14, 2005
AT&T is not early with MMS. They are about 2 years late with it.

I'm personally going to send 20 MMS for no reason as soon as they activate it on my phone...

Ambrose Chapel

macrumors 65816
Jul 24, 2002
for those who ATT activated it - did you find out because ATT sent you a text to announce it? or did you just get an mms and finally not get the "go to this link" nonsense?

iGod 2.0

macrumors regular
May 4, 2009

I have been a witness to this myself, It doesn't seem to target any particular generation of iPhones being that my friend in my Physics class has a iPhone 3G and she has the MMS functionality on her phone while I have a 3GS and a 3G and it isn't active on either one of them. Now as the article states, there are some methods that you can do that will enable it, but it is at your own risk. Personally, the 25th is just around the corner. It makes sense to just wait for the go-live date. :apple:


macrumors 6502
Nov 13, 2006
How do they "enable" it on your phone? Do they push some kind of update over the air or would you have to check for updates in iTunes?


macrumors 68040
Jun 22, 2006
The thick of it
I just tried it with my 3G. No go. I couldn't see how to insert an image so I tried to copy and paste one in. All it inserted was "img004.jpg" in text.


macrumors member
Aug 22, 2008
Perhaps they are doing this so that their entire POS, err, iPhone network doesn't crash on Sept 25th @ 12:01 a.m.



macrumors 604
May 4, 2002
Go Vegan
I just tried it with my 3G. No go. I couldn't see how to insert an image so I tried to copy and paste one in. All it inserted was "img004.jpg" in text.

The same thing happened with me. I have an iPhone 3G running OS 3.1 and Carrier is AT&T version 5.0.

The downloaded AT&T carrier file is also version 5.0. I wonder which carrier file version that the lucky people have where it just started working magically. :confused: :)

It would be nice to have, for now I've been emailing my girlfriend on verizon photos using the phonenumber@vzpix.com trick, she was able to email me photos back thankfully, but this'll make things easier... hopefully... if it works that is.

I agree it's long, long, LONG over-due. AT&T should have been prepared earlier. Apple is not without it's faults, they should have had MMS ready from 1.0, maybe 2.0 but that's pushing it. I can see where they wanted people to email photos instead of using MMS but, a lot of cell phones didn't have that capability for email. Not everyone has a smart phone. Sure some people will love and enjoy using MMS and some people won't touch it at all, the point is - it's great to have it if you'll use it! :D


macrumors regular
Aug 27, 2009
Almost thought this was a joke, MMS introduction in 2009? Was introduced in Sweden 2002. Anyway, this has not been a popular service, not used very much.


macrumors 65816
Sep 22, 2007
Now I'll finally be able to do with my iPhone what my kids have been able to do for years with their LG's. I'm excited.:rolleyes:


macrumors G4
Feb 5, 2009
Is it just me, or does no one really use MMS to begin with?

It's either text messages or email.

All this hoopla over missing MMS is a tempest in a teapot. People seem to want it not because they're actually going to use it, but because they can then claim their device is feature complete, or finally has a feature that other devices have had for years, etc. In other words, the motivations of the complainers seems fishy.


macrumors 65816
Feb 9, 2007
I just tried it with my 3G. No go. I couldn't see how to insert an image so I tried to copy and paste one in. All it inserted was "img004.jpg" in text.

Same here. Copy and paste, but only got text as the output. And only that text was sent to the receiving iPhone. Is that how it's supposed to work or is there another method for adding a picture?


macrumors G4
Feb 5, 2009


macrumors regular
Aug 25, 2006
Elgin, IL
What ever, my visual voicemail hasn't worked since the beginning of the month. Screw AT&T. The Android phones are looking better and better.


macrumors member
Sep 8, 2008
San Leandro
any luck calling ATT?

I called ATT 3 times today and everyone gives me a different answer but the end result is that they all say the 25th and some of the people have no idea that it's available already.

Anyone have any luck calling into and complaining with ATT?

I have talked to Apple support and Att support and some people know about the OPT OUT CODES in ATT systems but apparently on account the MMS option isn't even there so there is no OPT OUT code to erase from my account.

anyone else have any more info?


macrumors member
Apr 28, 2009

Mine has been working great since Friday night. Visual voicemail still works flawlessly and it doesn't matter if wifi is on or not.

Follow this guide perfectly.

PS: some people are still getting red exclamation marks, I did too up until Friday when AT&T was out for about 4 hours in my area. All of a sudden they would go through.
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