Native iPhone App: You can now Send & Receive MMS on your iPhone using SwirlyMMS

Native MMS iPhone application - SwirlyMMS

The native MMS application has been one of the popular iPhone applications, however when I had written about the application in December last year it could only send MMS messages but not receive MMS messages.

The good news is that with the latest version of the native iPhone application iPhone users can now send as well as receive MMS messages.

iPhone developer, Tommy Svensson had released a native MMS application for the iPhone (later renamed as SwirlyMMS) thus giving iPhone owners the ability to send MMS, one of the major features missing in the feature-rich iPhone.

Along with the bug fixes and a few under-the-hood improvements; the latest version of SwirlyMMS now gives iPhone users the ability to also receive MMS which was missing in the first version of the app.

It is also a lot easier to install SwirlyMMS on your iPhone as it can be installed via the Installer app.

In order to install SwirlyMMS on your iPhone, you will need a Jailbroken iPhone with the Installer App installed. If you want to jailbreak your iPhone you can check out these posts:  ZiPhone 3.0: New version of Popular tool to JailBreak and Unlock iPhone Released or iLiberty: Easy to use Application to JailBreak, Activate and Unlock iPhone.

On your jailbroken iPhone with Installer app you should be able to find SwirlyMMS. After installation you must restart your iPhone before using the app.

You then need to go through the process of configuring your MMS server and APN settings. You can check this link for the necessary settings for some of the carriers else you will have to contact your service provider for more details.

SwirlyMMS has been tested using iPhone firmware 1.1.3 and 1.1.4.

Sending an MMS messages using the app is quite simple:

  • Launch the SwirlyMMS application from your home screen
  • Enter the text message or a title
  • Select a recipient from your Address book.
  • Select an image from your Camera roll.
  • Hit the send button to send the MMS.
  • If the delivery was successful, you will hear a sound notification and an entry will be added to the sent MMS history list.

You can currently only send images using the app, other media files like video files etc are not supported.

Receiving MMS messages isn’t that straight forward:

  • If someone sends you an MMS you will get a notification that you have an MMS to fetch.
  • You fetch this MMS simply by pressing the Fetch button.
  • However to view the MMS, you need to install two native iPhone applications i.e. MobileFinder which is a file browser to browse to the folder where the received images are stored and MobilePreview to view the file. (You should be able to install MobileFinder and MobilePreview using the Installer app)

You can also specify the image resize options for your camera roll photos.
The default resize option is medium which results in an image size of around
It is important to note that although the MMS standard does not specify a maximum size for a message,
300 kB is the current recommended size used by most carriers due to some

Let me know what you think about this native iPhone app in the comments below.


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