MMS issue software fixable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iamhammill, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. iamhammill macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2006
    York, PA
    Really the MMS thing is a really big deal!!!

    I love sending pictures to all my friends, especially since ATT dropped the price and made them count the same as a regular SMS.

    I've seriously sent about 15 pics today.

    Can this be a simple software update for the iPhone? I really have no idea why it's not already on there. My first phone ever could send photos!
  2. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Pretty sure that can be addressed via software.

    Whether or not it will is another matter.
  3. jtkellertx macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2004
    The Wooodlands, TX
    Here's a solution. You can email the pictures to the phone number at

    They might have changed it to

    I'm pretty sure Apple is relying on email as the multimedia workhorse.
  4. TenaciousPZ macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2007
    It's not an's retarded.

    This is what E-Mail is for.
  5. naughtyman89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2007
    Haha..I totally agree. The emailing pictures to mobiles works well too.
  6. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    As everybody else said...this is what email is for.

    So the real question is: Has Apple provided a way to easily and intuitively send emails to other phones? And that's a question I don't think we have an answer to's also something they can add in software if they haven't provided it already.
  7. kamiboy macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2007
    Well, instead of just saying it is not a big deal or it is let's look at why it isn't there as it might give us a insight to wither we can expect it to arrive in a future update.

    Now, I've never used MMS so correct me if I am wrong but it can be used to send videos and pictures from one phone to the other. The videos, I imagine, are those crappy stamp sized .3gp ones that all phones can record and display. Well, looking at the iPhone specs page I see no mention of .3gp playback under video capabilities so iPhone can't playback those files anyway, so receiving them would be pointless.

    The pictures you can send with MMS, if I remember correctly, are first shrunk into stamp sized ones before being sent. The iPhone has a pretty big high resolution screen and stamp sized pictures would look like crap on it anyway, so Apple though that it would be better to let people use email to get full resolution pictures. And since the iPhone has no file browser and no ability to save downloaded or received pictures or videos into its photo or video libraries then you would have to open the MMS every time you would like to look at you stamp sized picture, just like with mail.

    These things coupled with the fact that few people use MMS anyway makes it easy to see why Apple decided to omit it. I mean, to implement MMS functions would have been easy as pie for Apple so them omitting such a easily implementable function suggests that they did it on purpose for a reason. Ergo, don't count on seeing MMS functionality in the future.
  8. cjandnw macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    South Jersey
    I like to send and RECIEVE MMS at least once daily. It's great if i'm out shopping and want to send a suggestion to someone's phone for quick approval.
    The solution should work so long as the picture isn't to big for the recipient. I'll try it. Most camera phones are in the 2megapixel range so the pics taken by the iphone should be able to be uploaded on other phones via email.
    But what happens when iphone receives an MMS. Is there a link to the file?
    Just the text part?
  9. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007
    reciving MMS is just software, no changes to the HW or radio are needed.

    im not sure why apple didnt just program an MMS prorgam into the SMS/mail utility, its already half there.

    if enough people yell at apple about it im sure they will just release a firmware update. hope its as simple as a patch because downloading 700+MB everytime you need to update your rom is going to be annoying, even if you have highspeed.
  10. aperture01 macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2007
    Washington, DC

    I agree... they should have had MMS support. I think it's pretty ridculous. I love receiving MMS from my girlfriend, especially when she is away, and we want to send goofy things to each other. I don't know they should implement this. What sucks is that I've seen how apple updates the iPods it's freakin' slow and they never add any major features. Perhaps they'll be different with the iPhone.
  11. David R macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    Saying that email should be use instead of MMS is like saying that email should be used instead of texting.

    Two different uses/behaviors as well as audiences and ability to receive.
  12. iamhammill thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2006
    York, PA
    Exactly. I really don't want the hassle of figuring out everyone's

    As stated, it's great to get a pic from the GF now and then, or I'm in a band, so I love sharing pics of places we play and such. Really a shame. I don't even know if I still want one, honestly.
  13. sokrates macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2006
  14. iamhammill thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2006
    York, PA

    Thanks for such a substantial post, and helpful to the original question.

    RIP MacRumors
  15. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    i concur.
  16. The Bruce macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I am sure MMS will be present at some point. I too like send and recieving Picture Messages. Sure, you can send a Picture Message Via Email. But how can someone with a cel phone send you a picture on an iPhone? Most cel phones don't allow you to send emails. Just having the ability to send is nice, but getting one back would be nice as well.
  17. iamhammill thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2006
    York, PA
    And also, what is with all the "2MP cam = too big of pics to send"

    My SE has a 3.2 MP cam, and nicely resizes to VGA when sending. I'm sure the iPhone is advanced enough to resize a picture!

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