AT&T: MMS will be Available to iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS Customers on September 25


After months of speculation, AT&T has finally announced that MMS will be available to their iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS customers on September 25.

Unfortunately, there is still no news as to when tethering will be available as there was no mention of it in the press release, so looks like AT&T customers will have to wait even longer for that feature.

As you might know, AT&T was one of the carriers that did not offer MMS and tethering feature to their customers, which was included in iPhone OS 3.0.

AT&T has explained the reason for the delay in rolling out the feature:

We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). We’ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches – and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.

We know that iPhone users will embrace MMS. The unique capabilities and high usage of the iPhone’s multimedia capabilities required us to work on our network MMS architecture to carry the expected record volumes of MMS traffic and ensure an excellent experience from Day One. We appreciate your patience as we work toward that end.

Note: MMS feature will not be available for iPhone 2G users as due to hardware limitations (according to Apple).

Based on this announcement it looks like the release date of iPhone OS 3.1 will also be September 25.

AT&T has also mentioned that they have seen a
whopping 350 percent year-on-year increase in mobile broadband usage
since the launch of the iPhone two years back and are working hard to
stay ahead of the anticipated demand.

At present, it looks like they are trying to keep up with the demand rather than stay ahead of it as most of our readers had commented that they are yet to see any improvements when we reported that AT&T had improved 3G mobile broadband coverage in New York & New Jersey.

If you can’t wait for the features to be officially rolled out then checkout our step-by-step guides to enable MMS and tethering on your iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0 or iPhone OS 3.0.1.

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  • Finally !

    " I've got one that can see !!! "
    http://www.theyliveandwesleep.com

  • jumbo

    F$@K at&t for not supporting mms on orignal iphone. It don't make sense y it can support on 3g and not in original iphone as iphone 3g also doesn't have video recording. which is limited to iphone 3gs only unless u jailbreak it. I m really mad @ this since i have 3gs and my wife is using my old original iphone.

  • Daniel323LA

    Hey jumbo if u haven't figured out how to add sll these features to ur old iphone, what purpose do u have in this web site…..c'mon buddy.

  • hxclos

    AT&T should had said early fall and not late summer. Oh well I'm just glad it's almost here. I just hope I don't loose my tethering hack. I'm quite happy with not having to pay extra for this.

  • yankii

    actually if you installed the at&t 5.0 profile that was running around the net, you can use the service. today i received all those mms that were sent to me, but couldnt received them because whatever reason. i sent a couple of mms, and they sent fine. apparently everything is working.

  • Mo

    Wow. I've been counting down for the 9th and now the 25 :(. AT&T is not the blame for all of it. Only for having it delayed. Apple shouldve added this feature with the first iPhones, then 3g came out still no mms and 3.0 which finally brought it so took them 2 years to get mms on these iPhones.

  • metromepmb

    why the hell do you need MMS when you can send a picture through email!! Which is free.

  • The last day of Summer is Sept 25th now? Just more poor service from a bad company.

  • hxclos

    I have to admit I've gotten used to e-mail as a way of sending out pictures but I do have tons of friends whom I have repeatedly told not to send me MMS that will still on occasion try because their phones do not carry e-mail or their phone's e-mail progam won't allow attachments. So while you might be the coolest guy here because you don't have need for mms, some of us are looking forward to not having to visit AT&T's picture messaging website to view a file.

    Oh and I haven't heard anything about being charged extra for MMS yet.

  • Tcw1969

    I made mention of not having mms yet on apples support threads, and it got pulled off today so I was informed. They sited they it was of speculation or because my comment was off topic. I guess some people don't like to be questioned.

  • Cody

    AT&T already said somewhere a while ago that iPhone users will not be charged extra for sending MMS because it's included in our data plan or something like that.

  • K.Rock

    Sweet!
    Does anyone know how to by pass ActiveSync Exchange profile that disables the camera?

  • Harsha

    Do not know why people get offended by some other people asking for MMS on iphone. It is might be useful for some and not for everyone. I do not see any disadvantages for a person who does NOT need it. But I can see several advantages for a person who USES MMS feature.

    BTW, you cannot send multiple Pics as an email attachment,, I am not sure if you can do it using MMS.

    I really hope the tethering hack works with 3.1. Or else I will not update. As I think I would use tethering feature more often than MMS. 🙂 Fingers crossed.

    But let me say one thing… AT&T always keeps saying they are trying to meet the data usage demand… but i do not see any improvement.. iphone has helped them to earn more business and customers.. when are they going to spend money to upgrade the network!!! Whenever I see the banner of "More bars in More Places", I feel like throwing a stone at it!! 🙂

  • someguy

    What pisses me off is that at&t has mms enabled on every phone except for the iphone. On top of that everyone who has a smart phone thats not an iphone gets cingularTV. cingularTV lets stream live tv to your phone using 3G but pictures from an iphones will over load the network, my a*s!

    I don't believe that 3.1 will come out on the 25th but rather they will put out a new carrier settings update. After all I did get mms working for a short time when 3.0 came out with the hack mentioned at the end of the post and for that all you have to do is install a modified version of AT&T's carrier bundle.

  • metromepmb

    Oddly the last time I got sent an MMS O2 sent me an SMS telling me to log on to their website.

    Don't forget MMS hasn't really kicked off here in the UK and it's a pain to setup on most phones, email just seems so much easier to setup and generally doesn't cost anything.

    If someone can't pick up the email on their phone at least they will be able to pick it up later on their computer.

    Hell if everyone you know is on an iPhone or has free email access do you even need to bother with SMS lol.

  • Does one have to re-jailbreak, every time one updates the firmware, and if so is there a way to "restore" the features it took one to make ones iPhone comfortable?

  • I am getting to purchase my first IPhone and to be quite honest I am a little nervous about it. With all the concerns I have heard addressed from a variety of sources I want to know that I am making the best decision and that I will be obtaining a phone that meet all of my needs for what I do around the web. Very interesting post.

  • Success! updated two Jailbroken 3gs iphones running 3.01 using http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=792894 instructions.

    Nice stuff!

  • Tony, Just think about what do you want out of your phone, a good personal computer, are you planing on jailbreaking it? Unlocking it?

    some question to ask yourself (why are you jail breaking it / unlocking it? is this something you can do yourself or are you going o have to pay some over and over to do it for you?

    If your using the iPhone in plain vanilla mode you have nothing to worry about.

    Other then that they only REAL complaint I have about this phone is the cost of ATTs data plan.

    Good luck with your purchase.

  • Yazdi R Eranee

    Iphone 3G MMs not functioning, cannot open Kill sight for ipcc code.
    using iPhone in India
    Advice using “Airtel service provider, MMS activated by them.
    3.1.2
    My sim card working on other phones with MMs service, not on mine.
    What could b wrong.