AT&T: iPhone MMS Coming Friday Morning

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AT&T reaffirmed on Wednesday that come Friday, September 25, iPhone owners really will get MMS support. According to a short post on the company's Facebook page, iPhone owners can expect a carrier settings update late morning pacific time on Friday, and instructions on using the feature will be available, too.

"We know you've been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25," AT&T said on its Facebook page. "Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes. We'll provide the steps and all of the details you need right here at that time."

MMS is a feature that lets users send images as part of a text message. The feature is common on many cell phones and smartphones, but has been missing from Apple's iPhone lineup.

The iPhone OS 3.0 update, released on June 17, included MMS support, but AT&T left the feature disabled. The cell service provider eventually promised to enable MMS support on September 25.

It's a safe bet that iPhone owners across the United States will rush to try out the new feature and potentially push the AT&T wireless network to the limit in the process.

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ry

Found a longer post further under the “News” tab inside their Facebook page:

An Update on iPhone MMS for our Mobility Customers

We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). We?ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches ? and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.

We know that iPhone users will embrace MMS. The unique capabilities and high usage of the iPhone?s multimedia capabilities required us to work on our network MMS architecture to carry the expected record volumes of MMS traffic and ensure an excellent experience from Day One. We appreciate your patience as we work toward that end.

We?re riding the leading edge of smartphone growth that?s resulted in an explosion of traffic over the AT&T network. Wireless use on our network has grown an average of 350 percent year-over-year for the past two years, and is projected to continue at a rapid pace in 2009 and beyond. The volume of smartphone data traffic the AT&T network is handling is unmatched in the wireless industry. We want you to know that we?re working relentlessly to innovate and invest in our network to anticipate this growth in usage and to stay ahead of the anticipated growth in data demand, new devices and applications for years to come.

We thank you for your business and look forward to keeping you updated on our initiatives.

RyanN

Good news for iPhone lovers in the US! AT&T has stated that the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) will be coming to the iPhone on AT&T on September 25th. Apple and AT&T are rolling out the long awaited iPhone MMS service on Friday, September 25th, as a free service.  The hitch is that it’s only available for owners of the iPhone 3G ? 1G and 2G users will be out of luck.  It has been lamented for a long time that the iPhone doesn’t have a multimedia messaging service, but it does now.  The only unfortunate drawback is this is going to make iPhone owners even more sanctimonious ? and they get annoying.  SO no need for iPhone owners to wait for their tax resolution checks from the government ? they now get free multimedia messages with the iPhone MMS.

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