Ok, it’s true, the iPhone does NOT have native MMS. Why?? There are sooo many theories. None of them make sense to me. The fact that it’s missing is just plain stupid! And I don’t want to hear (yes, this gets me steamed LOL) that was some support issues with it with ATT. ????? Every other phone that you can buy from ATT does it, so why would that be any different on an iPhone? Yes, there is a hack for that if you jailbreak you 1G phone, but I have also heard that won’t work on ATT. WTF??? Why not? I wish someone with “authority” would just make an announcement and explain that whole thing.

Anyway, as stated all over the web there is a work-around. BUT, this will NOT work for everyone and every phone. Why? well, from my short experience in testing this, here is what I have found, the iPhone has a 2mb camera. The average file size on a pic is around 300-400k. That is too large for some phones to handle. Most “regular” phones have very small memory. Other smartphones have a sd card installed and possibly the ability to save the mms attachment to the card. I have tried sending a 300k or so file to a friends phone, the pic never made it. See the next post for a workaround for that.

But, if you want to try it, you need to know your friends phone email address. This is dependant on the carrier. Here is a list of US ones (from here):

  • T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
  • Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
  • AT&T for SMS phonenumber@txt.att.net, for MMS phonenumber@mms.att.net
  • Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • Verizon: for SMS: phonenumber@vtext.com for MMS: phonenumber@vzwpix.com
  • Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com

where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number

Now, this will help you send a pic to your friend (maybe if it works), but you still cannot receive and you will have to deal with the dreaded “viewmymessage.com” site which I hate. Most times the point of someone sending you a pic is that they want you to see it and keep it! On that site it goes away after 7 days. There should at LEAST be an option to forward to your land email. Geez.