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MMS Comes to AT&T iPhones Sept. 25

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 3, 2009

AT&T said that multimedia messaging would be available on the iPhone this summer. The company has just admitted the its going to miss the deadline, but only by four days. In a notice on its Web site, AT&T says that a software update enabling MMS will be pushed to iPhones (3G and 3GS models) on Sept. 25. The company had announced earlier that there would be no additional charge (beyond existing messaging fees) for MMS service.

Apple promised both iPhone MMS service and tethering (which lets you use your phone as a modem for a PC on a 3G network)back in January. Most carriers around the world have implemented MMS and many also offering tethering, but AT&T has lagged.

And it looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer for tethering. An AT&T spokesman says there is no date yet for the feature, which is available now—at an additional monthly fee—for other devices such as BlackBerrys.

Reader Comments

Pablo Cortez

September 3, 2009 3:49 PM

There are some grammatical errors on your post.

David Weiser

September 3, 2009 4:53 PM

Tethering is available now unofficially without having to jailbreak the phone. I use it all the time.


September 3, 2009 4:56 PM

Great! Now what about our tethering? You can get a tethering device device through Sprint and others but with a 5Gb limit (without additional fees/Mb).

Joe Foxcroft

September 3, 2009 4:59 PM

They missed the deadline by more than 4 days in my book. Late Summer does not mean the last day of summer. I say they missed the deadline by several weeks.

The thing is, the feature already works so why the delay?


September 3, 2009 4:59 PM

Pablo, get over yourself.


September 3, 2009 5:00 PM

no 2g?

Joe No MMS

September 3, 2009 5:00 PM

Late summer,early fall - all the same! Get with it AT&T - provide the services people are paying for now that were advertised as a selling point for purchasing an iPhone.


September 3, 2009 5:03 PM

shut up


September 3, 2009 5:06 PM

Pablo is correct.

Proper punctuation can be confusing, I know. It's the possessive pronoun that befuddles most with its AWOL apostrophe.


September 3, 2009 5:44 PM

Internet Tethering is available.
see here:

You just have to know the right site.

Steve Wildstrom

September 3, 2009 6:37 PM

@Dillon--No 2G because Apple does not support MMS on the original iPhone.

Steve Wildstrom

September 3, 2009 6:42 PM

@Joe Foxcroft--This is purely speculative, but I suspect the reason AT&T waited until now to support MMS is that they wanted to hold off until they had made significant progress in bringing up their 850 MHz 3G (HSPA) networks in New York and San Francisco. The 1900 MHz networks in those markets were already saturated and the last thing they needed was a new slug of data traffic from MMS.
Support for tethering is also a network capacity issue.


September 3, 2009 7:37 PM

They delay because they want to make sure the MMS does not suck their limited bandwidth.... Even imagine 10% of iPhone people download YouTube the same time... No call got through, period.....


September 3, 2009 8:25 PM

@Steve Wildstrom--If network capacity is an issue for iPhone tethering, why is tethering available for all of the other smart phones that AT&T sells? If it is priced similar to the other tethering options at $30 a month in addition to the $30 required data plan, I doubt every iPhone customer is going to use tethering.

Steve Wildstrom

September 3, 2009 10:09 PM

@JohnH--Every study I've seen shows that iPhone users are much more intensive data users than owners of any other handsets. That presumably would apply to MMS too. It shouldn't really apply to tethering, but you have to try to think like AT&T, scary as that notion may be.


September 4, 2009 11:56 AM

(jesuspoops dot com) Wow, this is great. Thanks

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