AT&T Staggering MMS Roll-out, Pre-Launch Jitters
When you wake up Friday morning, don't expect to see MMS working on your iPhone immediately as AT&T will be systematically activating groups throughout the day, starting at 10 AM Eastern time. Also don't forget that to enable MMS on your iPhone you must first connect to iTunes and download and install an updated carrier file.
That is, if AT&T's network holds up as millions of iPhone users rush to test the new service. That very thought has AT&T feeling extremely nervous right now, according to MacRumors:
blockquote>"early testing has been a little rocky, with AT&T seeing a fairly significant test outage yesterday that has them rushing to beef up their MMSC messaging servers. Estimates among those working on the project are that traffic on AT&T's wireless network will be about 40% higher all day on Friday as iPhone users fire pictures and video at one another."
Guess we will know soon enough...
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They still suck and I'll bet $ they screw it up.
I bet they delayed it until now so they could look for new jobs...
I agree. People will be MMS'ng nonsense just because the can.
AT&T should start with those ages 39 and up, then 29 and up the next day, then 25 and up the following day, eventually enabling those under 18 on a gradual basis. :)
iPhone is in a different league. It has already been proven that iPhone users use the data network more than any other type of user. We use multimedia a lot more on our phones than any other phone. I have always had a smartphone ever since my Visorphone back in the day and admit I have never used any form of data like I do on my iPhone.
So when they say iPhone will have mms they will see a HUGE surge of traffic. If this was AT&T providing mms to one of their dumbphones, I doubt they would be as concerned.
When I installed the network update last month it didn't work, but like a week later pics just started pouring in from ppl that sent them a week before when I was testing the update... I was soooo happy. And I have working tethering too.
I HAVE WORKING MMS IN NORTH PHILADELPHIA BADLANDS...
I'm hoping so too because it seems like redsn0w for 3.1 isn't rapid approaching.
where did u get info from? I send pics to all phones.
Man, that did not take long! Makes me wonder if the apologetic email was pre-scripted and waiting...I am really not surprised.
Did any other carrier with iPhone customers have this issue at the launch of MMS? I don't remember hearing anything even close to this.
If you really have to sync with iTunes to get MMS, I bet half the peolpe with an iPhone will never get MMS!
wow where did you get that from? Whever told you that is an idiot. Lol. MMS has been in 3.0 firmware and usable with carriers outside the US. The only thing different is the carrier file which has nothing to do with the OS ... Just carrier parameters. Everyone that has it outside the US can send MMS to all phones and it will be the same here.
People that can already use it here can verify that you can send mms to all phones. Maybe you should clarify yourself.
HOW WILL IPHONE USERS IN THE US, WHO DO NOT ALREADY HAVE MMS, WHO HAVE NOT JAILBROKEN THEIR PHONES, BE NOTIFIED OF THE ADDITION? WILL IT BE A NOTICE WHEN SYNCING THE IPHONE?
It's interesting to see how many people now have MMS but it doesn't help to say "I have it here!" Where is here? It would be most helpful if, when sharing information that is regional, people say where they are from.
I am in San Francisco and do not have MMS capabilities yet.
me and my wife have it
The ATT HATERS like to blame it on ATT. But ATT has had MMS on every other camera phone they sell since it was Cingular.
Steve promised them there would be no MMS, (not for any good reason, even the iPhone 2G could do MMS, it was just because Steve was stubborn.
So ATT engineers its network to handle email with huge attachments and video and everything else, and writes special "View My Message" systems, and jacks around its billing system to handle MMS exclusions to compensate.
Then Jobs almost dies, gets a gimps of where he is going, and decides to change his ways and DUMPS 30 MILLION MMS MESSAGES on ATT's network in one day.
The other carriers just let it happen, because they had developed no solutions to compensate for the iPhone, so they had nothing to undo. Their systems clogged up for a day, and then settled down and handled the load. Just like ATT will.
ATT was lied to by Apple. They spent a great deal of money building systems to handle MMS to compensate for Apple. Then they get dumped on, and they get the black eye, when the entire problem is one of Steve Jobs's making.
I live in Charlotte NC and installed the carrier file and am able to send and receive MMS
The symptoms of MMS floodgates opening will be "All Circuits are Busy" messages when making calls, (or something similar).
MMS (and SMS) uses the call signaling channel (sometimes called the ringer channel). It does not use the regular data channel that iphone users are used to. Clogged signal channels cause call connection problems because there is not enough time slices on the tower to signal the phone of an incoming call.
Once connected, calls don't use that channel any more.
So what you are seeing has nothing to do with MMS.
You should have tried this ploy back in August.
Trying to connive a credit one day before the rollout
of MMS seems such an obvious scam.
PS: I'm still 2G so no love for me...
Pay attention to mms settings, changing the password "CINGULAR1" to lowercase "cingular1" fixed my problem and now mms works!
Im on an an individual texting plan!
....wait....what am I thinking?
I'm sorry guys, I'll leave now
If you think that's bullshit, what do you say to those like me who've had it working since April? ;)
I just plugged it in and had the update. I know some people were randomly selected to get it, I know other couples who share a line that got it also but in other parts of the country, Cali, Boston, Texas... And have had it for about 3 weeks.
ummm first of its "B"dizzle23 not "d"dizzle23
and second id say ur full of bullshit too
I am really looking forward to this MMS release, ever since I've used WinMo and Blackberries I have loved MMS. It is very useful at times...
NA started earlier, and went thru the whole analog TDMA system, and had to rebuild the entire system for GSM.
Most EU countries adopted later, and went straight to GSM with later (more efficient, less expensive) systems.
Many EU countries built out their systems under government contract, and did not have to fight local government for tower space, licenses etc. Its Cheaper to build the same system in the EU.
In NA, we have at least 3 different radio protocols in operation, and you simply can not roam from one system to another in all cases. Further, our carriers are not under a real incentive to offer roaming, and only do so begrudgingly, and always try to wring the absolute top dollar out of the competition. There are still carriers that do not allow roaming onto their network EVEN when they have compatible systems.
Carriers in Europe are mandated to inter-operate and accept roaming at reasonable prices, and all systems are GSM and therefore capable of doing so.
The US, and to a lesser extent Canada, really need to have some national laws passed to force interoperability, roaming, and do so at some standardized prices.
If we have dropped calls, its our own damned fault for not insisting Cities and Counties allow greater tower density, and telling the NIMBYs and radiation fear mongers to take a hike.
How will changing it from email to MMS change traffic? I'm not going to be sending more data, just through a text now instead of email.
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows that it has to outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. So whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, YOU'D BETTER BE RUNNING."
Bdizzle: let me guess, ur game is weak, and ur little 7yr old bro walked off with ur lady! Go grump to your cuz you pessimistic hillbilly.
Just updated my carrier settings, but still no MMS...
Everyone's making this into a huge bitch-fest btw. You wanted MMS, you got MMS. It is what it is. The past is the past, no point in bitching about what 'should' have happened and when it 'should' have.
ETA-I'm in Columbia, SC