updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon September 14, 2009
Nationwide availability still waits
Ahead of the technology's official launch date, MMS is already becoming an option for some American iPhone users, reports claim. Although rollout is technically scheduled for September 25th, sporadic anecdotes suggest that AT&T is gradually turning on the feature in advance. Availability appears independent of region, opening up in areas as diverse as Idaho and New York City.
AT&T may be pursuing a slow deployment in order to test for any weak points in its network. It is also theorized that, at least before an expected software update, the carrier may have no option but to turn on MMS for each individual iPhone customer; because MMS was in use with the iPhone 3.0 beta, it is believed that AT&T imposed opt-out codes on all iPhone accounts. The opt-outs may have to be manually undone, which could take some time.
iPhone MMS is already active in many countries outside the US. AT&T has yet to turn on another common iPhone feature, tethering, out of fear it may "exponentially increase" network traffic. The feature is so far only expected to become available in the US "in the future," according to an AT&T representative.