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Sending MMS messages from the iPhone

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Thursday, August 2, 2007
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, iPhone

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Q: I am unable to send or receive picture (or video) messages on my iphone. Is this normal? Shouldn’t a device as sophisticated as the iPhone be able to send and receive picture messages? It seems like such an odd omission that I have to assume that I’m missing something.

- Katherine

Unfortunately, the answer is no. The iPhone does not presently support Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS), which is normally required to support picture and video messaging services. Only basic text messaging (SMS) is supported.

You can send and receive photos with the iPhone via e-mail, of course, using your default e-mail account (as specified under Settings, Mail, Default Account). Further, many cell phone carriers do provide e-mail to MMS gateways, which normally take the form of the recipient’s cell phone number followed by the carrier’s MMS gateway domain. For example, to send a message to somebody on the T-Mobile network you would send it as an e-mail to a number such as 9175551212 @ tmomail.net. A user in our iLounge Discussion Forums has created a helpful post with common MMS gateways for U.S. carriers listed in the thread How to SEND MMS from the iPhone.

Likewise, many carriers also offer the ability to send MMS messages to an e-mail address. If you wish to receive picture messages on your iPhone, the sender should be able to simply address the message to your normal e-mail account, which the iPhone will download as it would a normal e-mail message.

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Comments

1

regarding the question about transferring content from the iPhone, “One last rather tedious option does exist for recovering photos from the iPhone, and that is simply to e-mail them to yourself. “

When I plug my iPhone into the computer (PC), it automatically prompts me to use the ‘scanners and camera’ software to download the full-res pictures off the iPhone.

if you email your pictures, it will send a low res version.

(this applies to the pictures that your iPhone took with it’s 2MP camera)

Posted by dabido on August 16, 2007 at 6:41 PM (PDT)

2

How do I sync contacts and pix from i phone to my mac book?

Posted by Alex Smith on August 14, 2008 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

3

I have an iPhone 3GS.
At home I first have synchronized music, calendar and contacts.
But I also want to synchronize calendar on my work so I bought an mobileMe account. Unfortunately this does not work. I use Outlook 2003 connected to Exchange on work which is not handled by mobileMe synchronize client. Direct Exchange synchronization is not allowed at my work.
I then tried to synchronize home Outlook with mobileMe and then use normal synchronize by wire and iTunes on work. According to your guide it should work to synchronize music at home and calendar at work, both through iTunes. I followed your advice and it did not complain. I even made sure the merge button was chosen. But no information was synchronized!
I feel like I am lost in in a dead end situation .....

Posted by Jakob Lithner on October 8, 2009 at 12:24 AM (PDT)

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