Native MMS App - UK / O2

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by andyhargreaves, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    So you have to buy credits from this company? Sounds sucky
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004

    A little but it's useful for the few occasions I could do with sending an MMS...
  4. gazfocus macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    So is it not possible to send MMS messages directly from the iPhone? (I'm asking because I am looking to buy an iPhone on Wednesday).
  5. andyhargreaves thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    Unless O2 allow them to access their billing backend I guess that is the only way. It is slightly more expensive than an O2 MMS (25p max), but at least it is possible!
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004

    It is now. But you buy credits.
    It sends and receives nicely...

    I'm a bit happier now, hopefully O2 will sort their sh*t out and incorporate MMS into the tariffs
  7. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Click on an Add Credits button, pay via Pay Pal.
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    But it is free to receive MMS messages right?

    So I can just set up this app, and receive them and not spend a penny?
  10. andyhargreaves thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007

    (Assuming you are on O2 and with iPhone unlimited data tariff)
  11. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007

    So, you have to enter in your phone number and a pin to see your MMS pic? This actually sounds like a very user friendly version of that just uses another App instead of Safari.

    My question is this; how is this better than Flutter? With Flutter, you can send MMS pics for free. But, I don't know what happens though when you send a Flutter pic to a person with an MMS-enabled cellphone (non-iPhone) though.

    You can also send an MMS pic to any cellphone for free by just typing in the phonenumber@MMS.... (only in US I think though).

    All these work-arounds...why can't we just have one native app; that can send/receive MMS AND texts?
  12. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Or, you can have this app to receive MMS pics and to send MMS (for free), you can try: I have not tried this myself, but it may work. And I don't know if it works in the UK.

    I wonder if this is a sign of bigger things to come, since Macworld is tomorrow. Maybe other carriers are going to come out with better work-arounds for this MMS issue? All I want is the END of can'
  13. Pring macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2003
  14. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    between 34p and 38p.
    The more credits you buy the lower the per credit cost.
  15. andyhargreaves thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007

    Yes, with the added bonus of sending MMS and with received MMSs being formatted normally rather than on a web page.

    Sent messages arrive in proper MMS format to the recipient - i.e. just like they were sent by you from another handset. I haven't used Flutter, so can't say any more than that.

    This doesn't work for most (all?) carriers in the UK, and relies on you knowing which carrier your recipient uses. Which I don't!

  16. ajnicho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2008
  17. andyhargreaves thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    Good for you. Personally, I like my :apple: warranty and support, thanks.
  18. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    What? I have that same warranty, and support, and swirlymms without paying a dime. Thanks.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland.
    Good to see our little app has got some positive feedback :)

    Firstly on the charging thing; We're not O2... therefore we cant use up your allowance, nor can we put charges on your bill - we are charged for sending MMS messages, so therefore we have to charge you.

    After PayPal fees, outgoing messages, and the cost of running this service, it's not as if we're rolling in cash at the end of it at your expense - trust me ;)

    Long term plan is to get interest/co-operation from the networks... which hopefully will extend to limited access to billing and allow O2 to bill people for outbound MMS sent through our application.

    On the flutter comparison, flutter does not send MMS messages.... it uploads your image to a website and then sends the recipient a link to that message... which cannot be viewed if the recipient doesnt have an internet-capable handset. It also means the recipient pays to download the message.

    teleflip and other eMail addresses do not work in the UK. There is a third party service (us again) that lets you do this in the form ... but again, you need to purchase credits.

    Last, but not least, we're not some faceless corporation ... we're two independant developers; myself (Ross McKillop) and Ed Lea (creator of TV Guide and a few other popular apps) that are trying to provide a solution that hopefully the networks will pick up on.

    We provide quick (in most cases!) and informal support through the forums at and by PM/eMail etc...

    We have many happy users who have been using the web-based app for over a year... so I hope this goes some way towards trusting buying credits from us :) - just ask them.
  20. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

    Jul 30, 2007
    Sin City, NV
    lol ownage!!

    AT&T take notes and get an app out asap!
  21. andyhargreaves thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    Not if you've jailbroken your iPhone, which you must've to use SwirlyMMS.
  22. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I've only used it to view received messages so far but it looks a good app. It's certainly more convenient than having to go on the O2 site to view them. :)
  23. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004

    Having received a few mms last night I'm SO glad I had this app. Logging on to that O2 page was a right pain in the arse.
  24. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    To bad they have not released this app for other countries & carriers. I'm fed up with using Flutter / e-mail as a MMS ersatz!
    And no, I do not want to JB and run Swirly.

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