AT&T finally gives MMS to its iPhone customers, though missing its target of a "summer" launch

AT&T promised early this year to have MMS ready for the iPhone during the summer. After all, it didn't seem like that was too tall an order considering its other phones offered MMS and the iPhone OS v3.0 came with built-in support for MMS.
Now AT&T has finally announced an official date -- September 25. AT&T will roll out the update to iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S phones, which will allow them to send video clips and pictures in text messages. The MMS capabilities will be offered for free as part of the existing service bundle.

AT&T says the tardiness was necessary to "to give our customers a positive experience from day one." AT&T adds, "[We needed] to make sure our network is ready to handle what we expect will be a record volume of MMS traffic."

The company says that another OS-supported feature that is highly anticipated -- tethering -- is coming soon but that there is "no set date". AT&T says it "expect[s] to offer it in the future", but says it can't yet, describing, "This function could exponentially increase traffic on the network, and we need to ensure that some of our current upgrades are in place before we can deliver the expanded functionality with the excellent performance that customers expect."


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