updated 09:55 am EST, Wed January 28, 2009
iPhone 2.2.1 fixes SMS?
Yesterday's release of the iPhone 2.2.1 firmware may have also fixed a problem with SMS messaging, accounts on Apple's support forums suggest. The issue involves an error message triggered every time a user attempts to send a text, previously impossible to resolve with any resets or settings adjustments, though some success has been reported after switching SIM cards. The problem appears only to manifest after installing the v2.2 firmware.
Several people affected by the glitch have already claimed to have had it solved by v2.2.1, even though the firmware only officially fixes Safari and images saved from Mail; this may be because the update overwrites the baseband. The update may have also resolved some problems related to Visual Voicemail, though results are not consistent so far.
Apple is said to have told customers that a fix for SMS was in the works, while UK carrier O2 is said to have claimed that the SMS and voicemail difficulties are connected. Representatives from both companies have so far refused to make official statements, though Apple is typically reticent about announcing bug fixes before they become available.