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Norway carrier says no MMS for iPhone 3G

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Sat June 28, 2008

No MMS on iPhone 3G

NetCom, the iPhone 3G carrier in Norway has published its iPhone 3G plans, confirming that the 3G version will lack MMS, just as the original version did. The news, first reported by Italian website setteB.IT (English translation here), means that MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), which provides media rich text messaging, including video, audio and rich text, will be unavailable on the new iPhone 3G. MMS is considered the evolutionary step from SMS, which is limited to simple text.MMS has been available on AT&T and Verizon's networks for half a decade or more, and many thought that the iPhone 3G would add the service.








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  1. 2far

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Unimaginable for any othe

    Unimaginable for any other modern or older 2G or 3G phone, not to have MMS functionality or even more basic, SMS delivery confirmation ... it's a shame.

  1. Will53

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    But more important...

    ... is that the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman has been calling in NetCom for a talk over their plans and also that they are the only carrier to sell the iPhone in Norway and that they are locking customers with these plans.
    This time I am cheering on Forbrukerombudsmannen! :)Let us get unlocked iPhones and let us get better plans! What about unlimited data? What about paying for actual use!

    I don?t care much for MMS but I want to be able to transfer files from my Mac to the iPhone and to use the phone as a modem if need be...

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    MMS

    "MMS is considered the evolutionary step from SMS, which is limited to simple text.MMS"

    I thought that Email would be the evolutionary step given the an Iphone is the internet in your pocket ?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    no worries

    there are simple ways to send an MMS to an iphone with it being MMS enabled by the carrier and the same sending a pic to a non iphone user as well. I read the steps somewhere and it is very easy to do. Not that MMS interests me. I use twinkle to fire photos to a webpage for free and people can access photos that way or you can use something like flicr straight from the iphone. There will be tons of apps to do similar things. My phone is jailbroken and the amount of apps available is by no means small. I have a great camera app called snapture and there are a few video recorders and the like so all this sort of stuff once the app store is online will seem less of an issue

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    no worries

    sorry that should of read

    there are simple ways to send an MMS to an iphone WITHOUT!! it being MMS enabled by the carrier

  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    MMS is not a big deal

    In the UK MMS is not used anywhere near as much as SMS.
    Here are the latest figures for texting in the UK :-

    January 2008
    SMS - 630,000,000 (Billions)
    MMS - 42,520,000 (Millions)

    We send 14 times more SMS messages than we do SMS messages. Also the rate of growth of MMS messages is not that high. You can see the figures here:-

    http://www.text.it/mediacentre/picturemessaging_figures.cfm

    Compare the growth of SMS against MMS.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    MMS

    MMS, this overpriced low-quality way of sending tiny pics and crappy sound files? Who on earth wants that when you can send stuff via eMail?

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Options..

    Would have been nice for us, the end users to choose if we wanted MMS or not. I think it's pretty weak for the iPhone to lack MMS. SMS is good of course, as is email, but MMS certainly has it's place too.

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    MMS Hardly a Deal-Breaker

    I've got to say, I've had MMS-enabled phones since 2002 and how many of those multi-media messages have I sent in that time? 0. How many have I received? 0.

    I suppose it might be the 'yoof' of today using MMS, but I can't recall hearing anyone (even the undergrads that I teach) talking about it. If you want to send multi-media then email as an attachment is going to generally be better, and if you want to send a quick note to a friend then SMS is usually more practical.

    I seem to recall that here in the UK Vodafone had to run an entire series of ads suggesting ways that you could use MMS to make clever comments (photo of coat = get your coat, you've pulled) because quite clearly none of us consumers had the vaguest idea where to get started.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    MMS

    I thought that Email would be the evolutionary step given the an Iphone is the internet in your pocket ?

    This implies that everyone you know has an iPhone. What for those billions of people out there who own some other type of phone? Plus, SMS/MMS is much more immediate than email (which may take time to receive/inform the user that mail has arrived).

    If you're going on this argument, then you might as well also say IM is useless as well.


    My phone is jailbroken and the amount of apps available is by no means small.

    Poor soul, don't you know with a jailbroken phone, you won't be able to download apps from the appstore! You're going to be stuck with your 'no means small' amount of apps, a lot which are probably free. Man, don't you know you're costing apple money!!!!

    In the UK MMS is not used anywhere near as much as SMS.
    Here are the latest figures for texting in the UK :-

    January 2008
    SMS - 630,000,000 (Billions)
    MMS - 42,520,000 (Millions)

    We send 14 times more SMS messages than we do SMS messages. Also the rate of growth of MMS messages is not that high. You can see the figures here:-


    But isn't this the kind of thing we'd be praising Apple for including? "Hey, look, MMS is the future! And Apple's including it even though it's market is small now! They're ahead of the curve!"

    But I'm still waiting for the argument that they shouldn't include it because it would make the phone too complicated and filled with stuff people wouldn't use (which, of course, is true, since it isn't available, so people won't use it). Then again, my mbp has a useless isight attached to it, and yet people claim how great apple includes that, so, I guess it comes down to "Apple includes it, it is good. Apple doesn't include it, its just cruft that adds bloat and cost".

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