Flutter: Send Picture Messages from your iPhone for Free

iPhone App - Flutter

Some iPhone users were disappointed to find out that Apple’s latest firmware update, iPhone Firmware 2.1 released on Friday, was only to fix bugs and performance improvements.

They were hoping to see features like Copy and Paste, MMS etc that are still missing from iPhone’s rich feature list.

JuiceCaster brings some good news for these disappointed iPhone users as they have released Flutter, a free iPhone App that lets you send a picture message to any mobile number stored in your iPhone’s address book.

Flutter is an iPhone App developed by JuiceCaster.

Flutter lets you send a picture message to any mobile number in your iPhone’s address book.

In addition to this, if you have an iPhone 3G, you can also attach your location (geo-tag) to your message.

So how does Flutter work?

You need to first register which is free.

After you have logged in, you can compose a message and attach an existing picture from your iPhone’s camera roll or even take a picture from the app using iPhone’s camera.

You can then send the picture message to recipients directly from your iPhone’s address book.

Flutter doesn’t send the picture message directly from your iPhone, the iPhone app actually uploads your message to its servers and then sends an SMS to the recipient with a link to view your picture, so it can be viewed in a mobile browser. So for an iPhone user the cost of sending the picture message is nothing as Flutter is a free iPhone app and the cost of the SMS is incurred by JuiceCaster.

Flutter currently does not support the ability to receive picture messages which would have been ideal, however they have mentioned on their blog that if there’s enough demand for the feature, they will think of adding the feature in a future release.

You can checkout the screen shots of Flutter below:

iPhone App - Flutter
iPhone App - Flutter

You can download Flutter using this iTunes link.

I must admit, when I first read about Flutter over at Giga OM,
I was very excited, however it ended up in disappointment after going
through the FAQ section of the iPhone App as it’s nowhere close to the MMS
application that we have been waiting for.

However, its a nice iPhone app if you just want to send picture messages to your family and friends from your iPhone for free.

What do you think?

PS: iPhone Users outside North America who want to use Flutter might want to check out this blog post to avoid login/password issues that some users had reported.

[via JuiceCaster]


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  • nudel

    Anyone heard of email?…

  • Wes (The Original One..)

    This program is pretty sketchy..at best.

    It takes a couple of tries to get the activation code via sms,
    ou can only send the pictures to people in your phone book.

    You have to manually scroll through the phone book list; there is no Letter selection like in the regular phone book, and entries are sorted by last name.(you cant change that in this app)

    The MMS is actually a link that is sent to the person via sms. The link leads to the picture on Flutters server. WHen i did it, the image was distorted (Squished). Also, A lot of other mobile phones dont allow users to select the entire link that is inserted into a sms, so if the user you send the message to isnt an iphone user, its a %50 chance they can see the pic.

    1 out of 10 people have gotten the pics i have sent them..and when im not on Wifi, a lot of times it says CANNOT CONNECT TO SERVER, so you cant send the messages

    A lot of times the Choose photo box pops up repeatedly, even after you choose the photo. And it asks to add location info everytime..and a lot of times its very inaccurate (Im over 1000 miles away from SF, CA..why did it say i was there?!!!??!)

    That is just what I have experienced with this app.

  • Wes (The Original One..)

    Forgot to add..After they get A LOT of the bugs worked out, this will be a great app, they just released it a little too soon. It will be good..eventually. Great concept, I'm glad someone is still working on this feature, I am very grateful that someone is writing this software, dont get me wrong…it was just release prematurely

  • phewop118

    I've been sending mms though email – for an AT&T customer, email a photo to ##########@mms.att.net. Replace ##'s with the recipients number. There's a site that lists the extensions for other service providers

  • Jeremy

    Let me know when the iphone can send and receive MMS messages natively, not some link to a website that half the people I send it to can't even view. I mean seriously, this is the most basic feature. If you want to send an MMS from your iphone, you can just email it to any wireless provider's MMS email address. For example, 5551234567@mms.att.net and they actually get the MMS and not a link to it. You can also add all of your friends mms email addresses to their contact info in your phone to make it easier when emailing a photo.

  • J01001010

    Not that great of a feature…you could just email your pictures to someone and then text them to check there email….brilliant .

  • Nukie

    I am surprised Apple has approved a program that has access to your address book. That is kind of frightening. I thought apps from the store had to operate in a "sandbox" and not access other things on your phone.

  • Cool, please keep us posted on the improvements of this app. Thanks.

  • Bourne

    This has been confirmed to suck ass by modmyi

  • RC

    Until Flutter can provide the ability to receive pictures, email is still the way to go.

  • should this have been done in a much better way…