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How can the iPhone STILL not have MMS? - Brooding on Matters | Travis Todd | Brooding on Matters | Travis Todd

How can the iPhone STILL not have MMS?

Posted on 04 September 2009

Pop quiz, when AT&T was first founded what did the letters A, T, T stand for?  No matter what the answer is, it’s time to get out of the age of dots and dashes and into the age of data.

It is perplexing to me how Apple could allow the most advanced phone in the world – dating back for a couple years now – to still not have a feature as common as MMS.  Much like the Google Voice Issue that AT&T has perpetuated we sit today with an iPhone that can not send media via text messages.  MMS is not exactly a new technology, first used in 2002.  I see a few enterprising individuals have built morse code applications for the iPhone – that should be right down AT&T’s sweet spot?  Here’s an entreprenuerial idea.  An iPhone Application that takes an image, renders it into ASCII art, so that it can be text messaged on the iPhone.  I presume AT&T can handle this?

                              |\
                              | |
                              | |
                              | |
                              | |
                ))))))))      | |
              ((((    \       | |
               \\\.=<#-<#     | |
                \C     7      | |
  ,              \    -)      | |
  \\__         __.) (.__      | |
   \\\\ _    /'         `\    | |
    \_ '/   /  ,       .  \   | |
      \ \  /  /| '   ' |\  \  | |
       \ \/  / |       | \  \ | |
        \  /'  |       |  `\ \| |
         `'    |       |    \ | |
               |   .   |     \| |
               >-------<      | |\
              [~~~~~~~~~]     | | )
              [    L    ]     | \/
              [    |    ]     | |
              [____|____]     | |
               | /   \ |      | |
               ()     ()      | |
               ||     ||      | |-._
               ||     ||      | |_  `.
          jgs  )(     )(      | | `-. `.
              /==\   /==\     | |    `.;
             ooooO} {Ooooo    | |      `
             ~^^^~   ~^^^~    |/ ascii art

Should I not expect more from the American Telephone & Telegraph Company – my monthly bill would make me think so?

Remedy Alas?

The end of summer is approaching quickly and as sure as fall will bring color to the leaves, will AT&T finally be ready to flip their switch, thus turning basic functionality on to the iPhone in the US?  Hopefully Apple will release in conjunction OS 3.1, leaving me only Google Voice and Total Cost of Ownership to complain about?

In the meantime, I’m going to start researching this ascii art converter idea…


3 responses to How can the iPhone STILL not have MMS?

  • Keith Materi says:

    Great Blog!

    Quite confusing how iphone can ignore mms. That maybe the single greatest issue I had with the Motorola Q. No mms. In fact it is one of the largest reasons why I don’t miss it. That a little thing I like to call the BLACKBERRY FLIP!

    • Travis Todd says:

      Thanks! I took a look at the Flip, that’s a good looking phone. To bad the iPhone is exclusive to AT&T, a gadget guy like yourself would probably love it.

  • Travis Todd says:

    Today, some 819 days and 3 models after first release, AT&T’s iPhone has MMS. They decided, however, to hold off on releasing tethering for fear of crashing AT&T’s networks (that tells me a lot).

    A very underwhelmed thanks AT&T…

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