You might already know it but when I read this trick over at iPhone Central @ MacWorld, I thought of sharing it you. One of the features missing in the iPhone is it’s lack of integrated support for MMS. If you were used to using MMS in your previous mobile phone then it can be that much more painful. However, there is some good news for you.
You can make use iPhone’s built-in support for email to work around this lack of functionality to send and receive picture messages and importantly without the need of some nerdy iPhone hack.
So how does it work? You must be aware that all wireless providers assign their subscribers an email address. So there is the secret of this iPhone trick, if you send an email to that email address which is based on your phone number, the email will get delivered as a text message. Similarly sending a picture to that email address using iPhone’s built in "Email Photo" functionality will result in it getting delivered as a picture message (MMS).
The important part of the trick is also knowing the address of the contact you want to send a picture message to. Below is the list of common providers thanks to folks at Uneasy Silence, however do get it confirmed with your friend:
(All you will need to do is enter the recipients 10 digit number into the appropriate carrier field.)
Alltel = email@example.com
AT&T = firstname.lastname@example.org
Boost Mobile = email@example.com
Cingular (AT&T) = firstname.lastname@example.org
Einstein PCS = email@example.com
Sprint = firstname.lastname@example.org
T-Mobile = email@example.com
US Cellular = firstname.lastname@example.org
Verizon Wireless = email@example.com
Virgin Mobile = firstname.lastname@example.org
The same principle works while receiving picture messages thanks to the built-in email client. All your friend needs to do is send the picture as an email to the email account that has been setup on your iPhone for you to receive a picture message.
Though we now have a workaround to the MMS limitation on your iPhone, you will agree that its not the ideal (Apple) solution, lets hope Steve Jobs is listening and enables true MMS support in future firmware updates.
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