updated 02:10 pm EDT, Fri September 25, 2009
Service enabled through carrier settings update
AT&T on Friday enabled MMS functionality for iPhone customers, after a long wait and a range of criticism. Users can enable the messaging service after downloading a carrier settings update via iTunes and then rebooting the iPhone. The update is expected to be gradually deployed through the day, helping to prevent network strain as users flood the servers with the first messages.
Despite claims of outages during the pilot program, the company allegedly made last-minute adjustments to the MMSC servers. Initial reports suggest the first phase of deployment has not yet encountered any widespread problems, although the project coordinators are said to be expecting approximately 40 percent higher traffic through the day.
AT&T will be sending out text messages to notify users when the service becomes available. The carrier previously issued a warning that the "View My Message" option will be disabled during the transition, but basic text message functions should still work.
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